Easy A

As any fule kno, am obsessed with teen movies. Mostly because I write teen books, which are all begging to have movies made of them, if only to keep Millie in Hannah Montana DVDs, and also because my own teenhood was more an episode of The Inbetweeners.Which explains why I have spent the afternoon laughing and crying, and trying to look vaguely less than 40, at Easy A (kind of a remake of The Scarlet Letter, which I am not even going to begin to explain, but like Olive Penderghast says, watch the original movie, not the Demi Moore remake), which in an inspired scene (and one that coulda woulda shoulda been writ by me) has Olive regretting that John Hughes is not directing her high school life, only to see her get her random musical number, and Penn Badgeley paying homage to Lloyd Dobler and The Breakfast Club with a Simple Minds outside the bedroom window on the stereo moment.

Which, if you haven’t understood any of this, means you definitely need to immediately view the following, i.e. the Top Eleven Best Ever High School (not “college”, because that would include The Sure Thing, and not “teen” because that would include Back to the Future, Juno and Dirty Dancing) Movies of All Time™, in no particular order:

1.     The Breakfast Club (because everyone should know how to put lipstick on using only their breasts, and make a dandruff picture)

2.     Mean Girls (Li-Lo before she got skanky, weather-predicting nipples, and a script by the genius that is Tina Fey)

3.     Saved (Macauley Culkin in a wheelchair, what’s not to like?)

4.     Easy A (see above)

5.     Clueless (short dumpy curly-headed geek (I like to think me, but actually Brittany Murphy before the diet, surgery, bleach and prescription medication) gets makeover in remake of Emma.

6.     Say Anything (to know Lloyd Dobler is to love him, and that’s not just me saying that, that’s the tagline)

7.     Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (not technically high school as they have bunked off, but I think it’s allowed)

8.     10 Things I Hate About You (Heath Ledger, I have never hearted you more than when you are dancing down the bleachers singing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’)

9.     Grosse Pointe Blank (technically a high school reunion, but allowed due to presence of John Cusack)

10. Election (politics, high school, and Ferris Bueller in one script. It’s like they wrote it ust for little me).

11. Heathers (What’s your damage?)

Seriously. Go rent. Or buy. Or pop round and borrow.

About Joanna Nadin

A former broadcast journalist and special adviser to the prime minister, since leaving politics I’ve written more than 80 books for children and adults, as well as speeches for politicians, and articles for newspapers and magazines like The Guardian, Red and The Amorist. I also lecture in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and hold a doctorate in young adult literature. I’m a winner of the Fantastic Book Award and the Surrey Book Award, and have been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Booktrust Best Book award and Queen of Teen among others, and twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal, for Everybody Hurts, and for Joe All Alone, which is now a BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated BBC TV series. I've also worked with Sir Chris Hoy on the Flying Fergus series and ghost-written Angry Birds under another name. I like London, New York, Essex, tea, cake, Marmite, mint imperials, prom dresses, pubs, that bit in the West Wing where Donna tells Josh she wouldn’t stop for a red light if he was in an accident, junk shops, crisps, Cornwall, St Custard’s, Portuguese custard tarts, political geeks, pin-up swimsuits, the Regency, high heels, horses, old songs, my Grandma’s fur coat, vinyl, liner notes, the smell of old books, the feel of a velveteen monkey, Guinness, quiffs, putting my hand in a bin of chicken feed, the 1950s, burlesque, automata, fiddles, flaneuring, gigs in fields on warm summer nights, Bath, the bath.
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