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The perfect straight-to-literature-movie,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Basic Eight (Paperback)
Daniel Handler's Basic Eight, tells of an elitist group of High School kids, who's activities, language and general existence may seem oddly familiar if you are a keen cinema goer. It is very easy to visualise this book and when you do, it will remind you of many a teen-murder film, such as Heathers or Scream with a bit of Clueless thrown in for good measure.
It has a very black humour and perfectly epitomises the 'phoneyness' and 'cliqueyness' of those tiresome adolescents that are stereotyped on the silver screen.
With references to popular music and television, this book satirises American culture in a witty way without naming names (the references to Oprah Winfrey are less than subtle, but very amusing). The main character Flannery Culp will no doubt remind the reader of a female Holden Caulfield (who cannot handle her alcohol or her unrequited love), but she perfectly sums up that horrible picture we are given of the American teenager.
I would recommend this book, not because it is outstanding, but because it is different. It is a very brave and unique interpretation of analysing what has gone wrong with the American teen culture. Too much money, not enough parents and unrequited love with deadly consequences.