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Pictures of Girlhood: Modern Female Adolescence on Film

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Although the "coming of age" story has been a popular film plot for decades, producers have only recently realized the commercial potential of targeting films to adolescent girls. Movies like Clueless, Legally Blonde and Mean Girls have been successfully marketed to teenage girls, as have several well-known independent films. Important as both cultural indicators and catal ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by McFarland & Company
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Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book would be great for people interested in both film studies and girls’ studies; the author, Sarah Hentges has obviously done plenty of research on films for girls. She focuses more on the portrayal of girls in film than how girls are affected by the films. I thought the author’s comparison of mainstream and independent films brought up some interesting points; she claims that mainstream films stick to stereotypical portrayals of girls, while female characters in independent films have mo ...more
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May 09, 2008 rated it liked it
I was reading this book the same time I was reading "Queering Teen Culture", and while these two did focus on teens in film, they approached it in totally different ways. This felt more-so like a giant summary, primarily on recent teen films, and very little theory. But, all-in-all, it did say some interesting things, and I enjoyed reading it.
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