10 August 2009

For Alison

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong, but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain ...and an athlete...and a basket case...a princess...and a criminal…

Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club

John Hughes. Your films are celebrated by many in the House of Onion. Who will ever forget the joy of watching Ferris for the first time? Certainly not the younger brother of an Onion, who, at sixteen, was dragged kicking and screaming to the Moonlight Cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens to see what he was convinced was an arty-farty film that his sister was forcing him to watch for his birthday. Imagine his surprise.

John Hughes. The actors you brought into our lives.
Molly Ringwald, Andrew Mcarthy, James Spader (oh James Spader), Anthony Micheal Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, John Cusak (swoons), Jennifer Grey, Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jon Cryer, Mary Stuart Masterson…

John Hughes. The teenagers you gave us to believe in.
We loathed Benny and Steph and Claire (at least to begin with)
We longed for Bender and Blane.
We loved Ferris and Cameron, and Kevin, and Andie and Duckie.

John Hughes. This post about your correspondence with Alison, a plucky teenage fan, gives us just another reason to celebrate you and your approach to the world. (via)

John Hughes. One of the things that shines through in your letters to Alison is the seriousness and respect with which you treat her and the rest of your young audience.

That’s what we, as publishers and editors of books for young people, strive to do too.
We are so proud of our wonderful authors who take seriously and joyously the very intense business of being a kid, being a young adult, growing up.

So while the Ed Rooneys of the world breathe a sigh of relief, the rest of us take a deep breath, stare confidently into the camera and say: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

John Hughes. Thank you.

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