I set up this blog simply to have some fun. Because I am The Perennial Teenager.
My checklist for a case of arrested development:
- Avidly watch all teen TV series, especially if they are American, even when you know they are not aimed at you. Examples: Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls (although this transcends the teenage demographic), Friday Night Lights (so does this).
- An ability to quote all John Hughes films 20 years after his hey day. Worryingly, it's nearly 30 years...
- Consider any film that features dancing as an inspirational storyline to be a must-see and not ironically. Examples: Flashdance, Fame, Coyote Ugly, Save The Last Dance For Me, Burlesque...
- Still listen to 80s pop music regularly and not just when you are drunk or at an 80s party.
- Despair that teenagers today have 80s parties and don't really understand it properly. They think it's all just dressing in neon. *sigh*
- Show an unhealthy interest in boy bands formed today and then tut and say Wham! were the original, the best and George Michael actually wrote the songs you know.
- Know that if Smash Hits was still being published, you'd buy it.
- Spend far too much time trying to convince 8-13 year old girls that they need to watch Grease/Top Gun/Dirty Dancing and insist on watching it with them and helpfully answering questions they haven't even asked.
I could go on. But I won't for now. But if you were a teenager in the 80s, join me in sighing nostalgically over the decade that gave us such joy and innocence.
I still can't quite believe George Michael is gay...