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A to Z Challenge and GIVEAWAY: A is for American Pie

This month is all about discovering new blogs, meeting new friends, and spreading the word about the launch of my young adult novel, MY SOON-TO-BE SEX LIFE, (Bloomsbury Spark, June 2014) by participating in this mega, 26 posts blog challenge.

Since Charlie, the main character in my novel, is an aspiring screenwriter who has plotted her own devirginization campaign - one that doesn't go as scripted - I thought an appropriate theme for this month would be: an alphabetical romp through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scary representations of virginity in film. Warning - be prepared for adult content / strong language if you follow my posts this month.

Join me over the next 26 days for some swoonworthy and/or cringeworthy cherry popper moments on the big screen. Check out the multitude of amazing A to Z bloggers via the challenge main page, HERE. And don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!


A is for American Pie (1999)  

The premise: "Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night."

Infamous line: "This one time, at band camp, I stuck a flute in my pussy." Yeah, gross and ewwww - now you know why it's infamous. This film is all about the ick factor.

Infamous scene: The warm apple pie thing, of course. I'll never look at a pie cooling on a counter in quite the same way. And I thought Yogi Bear was a bad boy.

Overall thoughts: I think Roger Ebert's 1999 review says it best, "It is not inspired, but it's cheerful and hard-working and sometimes funny, and--here's the important thing--it's not mean. Its characters are sort of sweet and lovable. As I swim through the summer tide of vulgarity, I find that's what I'm looking for: Movies that at least feel affection for their characters. Raunchy is OK. Cruel is not.".

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11 comments:

  1. Elsie Amata said...:

    I've seen American Pie a few times. The original, is of course, the best.

    Happy A-Zing!

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

  1. Judith Tewes said...:

    Thanks for dropping in, Elsie!

  1. Not a fan of American Pie but I did see it. I just can't handle raunchy. Fascinating seeing Ebert's comment though. I actually don't mind cruel characters if there is a reason behind it that is developed properly in the context of the story. Haha, sorry so much writer speak in that sentence. Cheers for a great start on A!

  1. I'm not a huge fan of this film, but it's one of those ones that if it's on TV and I stumble across it, I won't instantly switch the channel. I'll watch for a while... I've actually been using it as a comparison to my WIP in Twitter pitches because my story is about an amputee trying to lose his virginity.

  1. Judith Tewes said...:

    Hey Kate - thanks for dropping by. Hope your WIP finds a home soon!

  1. Kate said...:

    I can't believe I've never seen this film! Yes, it's vulgar, but such a part of pop culture. I guess I need to rectify things and finally watch it.

  1. Leanne Ross said...:

    And...they made sequels. The first one had some charm, but I felt no need to see any of the other ones. Actually, I won't even stop the changing the channels to see any on this one either.

    Good pick though for devirginization (I like that you made up a word).

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

  1. travisthetrout said...:

    American Pie is one of those classic movies - not a huge fan myself and didn't manage all of the sequels.

  1. Judith Tewes said...:

    I did laugh my way through the first film...can't remember the others, although I'm sure I rented them at some point. Thanks for dropping in, guys!

  1. Only watched the first! Based on that, I felt that I could guess what might happen in all the others...wasn't that interested I guess.
    Song about virginity? Can't think of any...except for Madonna's Like a Virgin. Which is not really. Ha.
    mbrigham7 at yahoo dot com

  1. Never saw American Pie and guess I'm glad I didn't! Good luck with the A to Z this year!!!

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