Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fast Time at Ridgemont High Opens

On this day in 1982, the classic teen movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High opened. To celebrate, here's a list books that have been turned into other awesome teen comedies.


Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin. This nonfiction book examines the phenomenon of collegiate a cappella and the people who perform and its alumni. The movie looked at these same themes by looking at some a cappella groups at a fictional university.

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle. In this homage and spoof of every teen movie ever, Dennis (debate team captain) announces that he loves Beth Cooper (hot cheerleader.) Of course, he does this in the middle of his valedictorian graduation speech, and Beth doesn't know who he is and already has a boyfriend. In the Army. Home on leave. Following the madcap antics of the ensuing crazy night, it's a graduation that most aren't soon to forget.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. It's bad enough to be a school dork and to have your mom date your math teacher, but then Mia finds out that she's a princess and heir to the throne of Genovia. The movie skews much younger than the book--in the book, Grandmere's eyeliner is tatooed on Mia's first lesson as a princess is how to mix a proper sidecar and to keep them coming.


The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's classic about getting a strong-willed girl to turn into an obediant wife is updated and set at high school in 10 Things I Hate About You.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. This comedy features girls dressing as boys to fit in and girls falling in love with the disguised girls, and ensuing hijinks. She's the Man puts it at a high school, with Viola disguising herself to play on the soccer team.

Emma by Jane Austen. No one tells this story of matchmaking gone awry than the early 90s LA teens of Clueless

What books got turned into your favorite teen comedies?

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