Today’s John Hughes fan club is from one my most favorite people on Planet Earth: Author/Duranie/amazing girlfriend Bobbi Ruggiero. And in supreme Bobbi fashion, she’s slaying me with her answers to these questions. We had so many of the same answers, it’s a little ridiculous. If you haven’t yet read Bobbi’s amazing ’80s music novella Young Teacher, you’d better fix that as soon as you’re done reading this.
Favorite John Hughes film: “Sixteen Candles”. Why? Jake Ryan. The best pretend movie boyfriend ever. The cuffed jeans. The vest. The Porsche. The gorgeous boy chooses the cute wallflower. Didn’t we all want to be Samantha Baker, standing on those church steps in a pink dress, saying, “Who, me??” while Jake Ryan points at her? And the birthday cake scene? Samantha is a better girl than me. I would have jumped over that cake and sucked Jake’s Ryan face until he couldn’t breathe. But that’s just me…
And the runner-up, because let’s be honest—it’s hard to pick one: “Pretty in Pink”. Why? Well, I know the acting is terrible in this movie, and so is the continuity, but there are so many quotable moments in this flick. And let’s face it, this is James Spader at his most handsome, and most assholian self. God, I love to hate Steff. Blane is about as interesting as wet cardboard. Every time I watch this, I keep thinking Andie is going to choose Duckie. And every time, I yell at her as she runs to Blane. Bad choice, Andie. Even Steff has more balls than Blane the appliance could ever have.
Favorite moment of hilarity in a John Hughes film: “Bueller…? Bueller…? Bueller…?”
Favorite poignant teenage moment in a John Hughes film: When Andie tells Blane to drop her off at the record store because she doesn’t want him to see where she lives. That felt like taking a bullet. And when he asks her if she needs to go home and change for their date, and she says, “I already did.” Brutal. RUN FROM THIS JACKASS, ANDIE! RUN!!!
Best use of music in a John Hughes film: “Positively Lost Me” by the Rave Ups in “Pretty in Pink”. Why the hell doesn’t this appear on the soundtrack??? Epic fail, music editors!
Character in a John Hughes film that you most identify with and why: Andie in “Pretty in Pink”. I grew up without much money, and there were a lot of mean/rich girls in my school. I tried hard to not let it bother me, but as a teenager, it’s hard to do. I remember begging my parents for designer jeans, and then feeling so bad after they bought them for me. I felt like a brat asking for something I knew we couldn’t really afford. I realize now that having an amazing family and true friends was so much more important than a stupid pair of jeans. I love when Andie makes that dress her own. Or drives around in that old pink car. Mine was a mustard yellow Toyota.
Not to sound like a geezer, but why don’t they make movies like this anymore? I guess young, awkward and painful love isn’t enough anymore unless we throw in vampires, werewolves, apocalyptic death games and zombies.
Bobbi Ruggiero, her musical taste, and her writing talents are made of awesome. To find out more about Bobbi, visit her website at bobbiruggiero.com. Be sure to pick up her ’80s music novella, Young Teacher. Get it today!
When I posted the first John Hughes Fan Club, I immediately got a Facebook message from Alexandria Bishop saying that she wanted in. I have to admire her enthusiasm!
Favorite John Hughes film: This is such a hard question. I’m a major John Hughes fan, obviously since I’m filling out this questionnaire. I will have to say the ultimate for me is “Sixteen Candles”…hello Jake Ryan *swoon*
And the runner-up, because let’s be honest—it’s hard to pick one: Very close second would be “The Breakfast Club”. There’s a reason why so many TV shows have copied the idea into an episode.
Favorite moment of hilarity in a John Hughes film: I’m going to just answer with “Home Alone”. Marv and Harry should have chosen a different house to rob, Kevin doesn’t mess around.
Favorite poignant teenage moment in a John Hughes film: I’m going to show my love for “Sixteen Candles” again but the absolute best moment is when Sam comes walking out of the church after everyone has left and Jake is standing there leaning against his car. He’s looking right at her with a smile on his face.
She looks behind her and back at him and mouths, “Me?”
And his response, “Yeah you.” And then he jogs across the street to her.
Have I mentioned that Jake Ryan makes me *swoon*?
Best use of music in a John Hughes film: The parade scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” where Ferris lip syncs to Twist and Shout. You can’t help but want to get up and dance during that scene, so iconic.
Character in a John Hughes film that you most identify with and why: I think I’m going to say Audrey from “Vacation”. Growing up anytime we took a family vacation it was always a road trip. My step brother got car sick easily so you can imagine how fun and long a 12 hour road trip becomes. Our end destination wasn’t Walley World but Disneyland is pretty close.
Not to sound like a geezer, but why don’t they make movies like this anymore?: Well there will never be movies like John Hughes movies especially the ones starring The Brat Pack. There have been some okay teen ensemble movies in the past ten years but not up to the John Hughes caliber and I think that’s what makes them so much better is that there isn’t anything like that anymore. So it’s always so much better to go back to the classics.
Alexandria Bishop is the author of the Marlowe series, perfect for fans of rock star romance. Book one in the series, Finding Flynn, is FREE! To learn more about Alexandria, visit alexandriabishop.com.
Today’s JH Fan Club post is from author and fab Duranie friend Elisa Lorello, whose latest book, Pasta Wars, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble on July 12th. (There have been reports of late June sightings!) It will be available everywhere later this year. Check it out the next time you’re in a (gasp!) real book store. On with the fun!
Favorite John Hughes film: A tie between Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. I tried to choose one and I just can’t.
And the runner-up, because let’s be honest—it’s hard to pick one: Tell me about it! I have to go with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as the runner-up.
Favorite moment of hilarity in a John Hughes film: So many in The Breakfast Club—Anthony Michael Hall getting stoned; Emilio Estevez trying to climb over the magazine rack; the entire “could you describe the ruckus” scene… Yet they’re offset by scenes so powerful that I remember thinking, “Oh wow, that’s the entire high school experience boiled down to those five teens sitting on the floor in that library.”
Favorite poignant teenage moment in a John Hughes film: Oh god, how do you not melt like butter when all the cars leave and Samantha sees Jake Ryan leaning against his car, waiting for her? And then the two of them sitting on the dining room table, the birthday cake between them… ((my teenage self swoons yet again))
Best use of music in a John Hughes film: Another tough one to choose. Probably have to go with my favorites again—The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Although I snagged a used vinyl copy of the Pretty in Pink soundtrack a couple of years ago, even though it’s one of my least favorite movies. The other two soundtracks are much harder to find on vinyl, although I haven’t checked eBay lately—and I won’t, otherwise I’ll be broke.
Character in a John Hughes film that you most identify with and why: I’d have to go with Samantha because she was socially out of step and felt insignificant to popular and pretty girls, and that was me all the way. She felt invisible, and I think to some degree I did too—or maybe I actually wanted to be, I had such low self-esteem at the time. John Hughes made every “average” girl’s dream come true when her crush came to her, chose her, wanted to be with her because she wasn’t the stereotype of popular and pretty. I lived vicariously through that.
I also liked Annie Potts’s character (Iona) in Pretty in Pink even though I wasn’t wild about the movie (although, you know, Duckie). I saw a confidence and independence in her that I sorely lacked throughout my adolescence. And in my junior and senior years of high school I tried to dress like Allison (Ally Sheedy). I failed miserably.
Not to sound like a geezer, but why don’t they make movies like this anymore? I don’t think they can. For one thing, I don’t think the themes (class differences, clique differences, grown-ups just don’t understand, etc.) can hold up when today’s teen generation is bogged down by helicopter parents, a culture that no longer allows kids the experience of failure, cyber and other kinds of bullying that seem to be far worse than what our generation experienced, gay and transgender issues, and the inability to communicate face-to-face, to name a few. They’re being tested to death but not learning anything in school. They’re being political but are subject to the worst filters of information. They’ve grown up with the expectation that music and other forms of artistic content are to be free. And they’re under enormous amounts of pressure (as is every generation).
I don’t even know what the anthems for this generation would be. John Hughes was so brilliant to choose the music that wasn’t mainstream (until they appeared in a John Hughes film), yet spoke to his audience. Music that radio stations like WLIR on Long Island were one step ahead in playing. Rather than use something like Wang Chung’s “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” he used “Burning in the Twilight.” Instead of Thompson Twins’s “Hold Me Now,” he used the more obscure “If You Leave.” Those are my favorites. And yet, he probably didn’t realize that’s what he was doing.
Elisa Lorello is a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction, and a writing coach. Her works include Pasta Wars, Friends of Mine: Thirty Years in the Life of a Duran Duran Fan, and the international bestseller Faking It. Visit elisalorello.com to learn more or like her author page on Facebook.
More John Hughes love from author/journalist/Duranie supreme Suzi Parker. She’s the first person to bring up Weird Science, which my little sister used to call Weird Sinus. Cute, no?
Favorite John Hughes film: Well, you start with a tough question, don’t you? I would still have to say Sixteen Candles. It was my first John Hughes love affair.
And the runner-up, because let’s be honest—it’s hard to pick one: The Breakfast Club
Favorite moment of hilarity in a John Hughes film: The entire film Weird Science. I love that movie so much. It ranks as a very close second just because it is so cooly goofy. And it has Robert Downey, Jr. in it. Forever my crush but we won’t go there.
Favorite poignant teenage moment in a John Hughes film: It would have to be when Jake Ryan comes to Sam Baker’s house looking for her. At that moment, every teenage girl cell in me squealed because you knew the good girl might get the guy she truly desires.
Best use of music in a John Hughes film: The Thompson Twins If You Were Here in Sixteen Candles with Jake Ryan. What teenage girl didn’t want a birthday cake with that guy with some British new wave band playing in the background? I still want to play that scene out…
Character in a John Hughes film that you most identify with and why: Andie Walsh, the misfit thrift-store fashionista who likes the rich, snooty guy she shouldn’t like. She is so much like me on so many levels except I had two parents where Andie had one but her love life was/is so much like mine. And yes, I’ve had a Duckie or two in my life, too.
Not to sound like a geezer, but why don’t they make movies like this anymore? Because they don’t have Karen Booth and Suzi Parker writing them!
Suzi Parker is a journalist for Daily Beast, Economist, and The Broad Side. She’s the author of Echo Ellis, Sex in the South, and 1000 Best Bartender’s Recipes. She’s also a Jedi and Duran Duran ambassador. Check out Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter.
Welcome to the third installment of John Hughes Fan Club, Maggie Wells edition! Mags is always after my heart (like constantly, she will not stop hounding me about it), and today is no exception since we share many, many John Hughes favorites. She’s the first to bring up She’s Having a Baby, so that gives us a fresh take on things. Mags is nothing if not fresh…
Favorite John Hughes film: Sixteen Candles. Always has been, always will be.
And the runner-up, because let’s be honest—it’s hard to pick one: She’s Having a Baby. Wanna know my dirty little secret? I never liked The Breakfast Club. I found them all whiny and annoying. *ducks*
Favorite moment of hilarity in a John Hughes film: “Those aren’t pillows!” – Planes, Trains, & Automobiles. Cracks me up every time. I have the same sense of humor as a 12 year-old.
Favorite poignant teenage moment in a John Hughes film: Oh, it has to be Samantha and Jake kissing over the top of her birthday cake. Le sigh.
Best use of music in a John Hughes film: Growing Pains by Tim Finn in the dance scene of Sixteen Candles. I loved Tim Finn when I was sixteen. Loved that song. And loved the whole scene in the auto shop. Fresh breath is a priority in my life.
Character in a John Hughes film that you most identify with and why: Kristy Briggs in She’s Having a Baby. I love how sure she is about everything. She isn’t easily ruffled or flustered, doesn’t spend a lot of time fretting about her relationship with Jake. I’m pretty much the same way in my relationships. Always have been. You’re either in or you’re out. If it’s all good, why go looking for things to complain about?
Not to sound like a geezer, but why don’t they make movies like this anymore? I have no friggin’ idea. I wish they would.
Maggie Wells is a deep-down dirty girl with a weakness for hot heroes and happy endings. By day she is buried in spreadsheets, but at night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, this mild-mannered married lady has a naughty streak a mile wide.
Her latest release, Flip This Love, is on sale for 99 cents right now! Check it out!