Giveaway of Susannah Gora’s YOU COULDN’T IGNORE ME IF YOU TRIED

Gora Last year, I reviewed Susannah Gora's excellent book about the Brat Pack movies of the 80s, You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried. It is now out in paperback - just in time for the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pretty in Pink- and Gora has generously agreed to give away two copies of the new paperback here on EDIWTB.

To enter the contest, leave me a comment with your favorite moment from a Brat Pack movie in the 80s. I will pull two names at random on Friday March 4. To find out more about the book, check out its website.

Here's my favorite 80s movie moment, hands down: Sixteen Candles, when Samantha is standing outside the church holding her sister's veil, and the cars pull away one by one, and there, at the end, stands Jake Ryan and his Porsche. Gets me every time.

Good luck! 


  • Kiki
    February 23, 2011 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Our local historic movie theater is having an 80’s movie week–I just can’t wait to take my kids to see Ferris Bueller on the big screen… love them all though.
    Don’t enter me–just wanted to share the love!

  • Susan
    February 24, 2011 - 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I graduated high school in 82 and college in 86 so I’m a true blue 80’s girl. I loved all of the John Hughes movies, but if I had to pick one scene, it would also be from Sixteen Candles when Molly Ringwald gets “felt up” by her grandmother!

  • February 24, 2011 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I love that scene! I’ve seen this book but haven’t gotten to read it yet. I’m jealous of the reader who is having an 80’s movie week. I would be all over that and I know just who I would take along!

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Confession time: I was born in 82 so, although I’m familiar with the movies, I haven’t actually seen them all the way through.

  • Dave George
    February 24, 2011 - 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Susan is correct that the best scene is from “16 Candles” but the *actual* best scene is when Long Duk Dong was passed out on the Baker’s front lawn while Samantha’s parents and grandparents stand over him.
    “Whoa, canine cologne! He’s three sheets to the wind!”
    “Oh, shut up, Fred. Dong??? Where is my automobile?”
    “Auuuutooomobiiiiile?? Lake! Big Lake!!”

  • Linda Kish
    February 24, 2011 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    I love The Breakfast Club. No particular scene, though.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • February 24, 2011 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    It’s hard to choose! I think I’d pick Pretty in Pink, when Andie meets Duckie at the prom. Oh! It gets me every time.

  • Susan B
    February 25, 2011 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    Pretty in Pink is my favourite of the John Hughes movies. I also love the scene where Duckie shows up at the prom. Cute guys come and go but a good friend is forever. I have been waiting for this book to come out in paperback – can’t wait to read it!

  • Lori
    February 25, 2011 - 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I want to win! Must have!

  • Heather Z.
    February 27, 2011 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I love all the John Hughes movies…so many favorite moments. My first ever R rated movie was The Breakfast Club. (My mom took me!) So I’m going to go with Judd Nelson putting the diamond earring in his ear. I had such a crush on him.

  • Cindi
    March 4, 2011 - 1:03 am | Permalink

    I will always love The Breakfast Club!
    The scene where the five students do the Colonel Bogey March whistling from The Bridge Over The River Kwai.
    Many thanks, Cindi

  • March 4, 2011 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    I love the title. These movies were so important to me, and remain so. I know The Breakfast Club and Say Anything by heart. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I still play Lloyd’s “I don’t want to buy, sell or process anything…” rant in my career development college class. And I NEVER complain about John Cusack’s spelling mistakes on Twitter. 😉

  • March 4, 2011 - 12:14 pm | Permalink

    So many options, but St. Elmo’s Fire holds a place in my heart due to the Georgetown connection. Lots of good one-liners there but I love all of Kirby’s commentary around Dale (and with her), like:
    Dale: Kirby! How are you?
    Kirby: I’m obsessed thank you very much.
    Now I have to go watch that again…and all the others!

  • March 11, 2011 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Say Anything and The Breakfast Club are my two favorites. If I had to narrow to one scene, I think it’s the plane ride at the end of Say Anything.

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