Gemma Halliday started writing fiction in 2002 and after winning several awards as an unpublished writer, her career kicked into high gear in 2005 when she won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award. One month later she was offered her first book contract, saving her from adding another dead-end to her eclectic employment history. After stints in Portland and Los Angeles, Gemma now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is hard at work on her next book.On this leg of my DEADLY COOL blog tour I’m talking about my life as a teen. One of my favorite things to do as a teen was watch movies. Somewhere around my sophomore year in high school I started taking drama classes and caught the acting bug big time. So movies were definitely my thing. I spent hours watching old ones, new ones, and even some horrible ones. (I’m ashamed to say I did go see several Nightmare on Elm Street flicks in the theater. Shudder.) So here are some of my favorites from my high school years:
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I always wanted to have his guts. And his friends. And his devoted class mates. (Save Ferris!)
2. Gone With the Wind
Okay, this one isn’t technically from my era, but I discovered it while I was in my teens and fell in love. I read the book cover to cover, then watched the movies at least ten times. It was the first time I encountered a heroine who was so flawed yet so loveable at the same time.
3. Back to the Future
Number one was fabulous, number two was okay, number three was back to fab again. Incidentally, after I moved to Los Angeles to work as an actress in my twenties, I lived right down the street from the mall where they filmed the DeLorean scenes. I always wanted to speed through the parking lot to see if *maybe* I could time travel just a *little*.
So dramatic, so exciting, so many hot guys in kilts. What’s not to like?
And a cool aside…years after this movie came out I was helping my brother do a little family research for a school project. We traced our Halliday lineage back to Scotland and, amazingly, found out that we were related to Braveheart. We were descendant from his sister, which I guess makes him good old Uncle Braveheart to me!
5. Pulp Fiction
Okay, the first time I saw this movie I thought it was sick. (And not in the “Dude that’s sick!” good kind of way.) The second time, I could look past the violence a little and see the beauty in the story format. The third time I think I might chuckled here and there. The fourth time I was hooked and even went out and bought the soundtrack.
So what are some of your favorite movie memories as a teen? Any movies that just scream “high school” to you?
(P.S. Join me at my next tour stop where I’ll be talking about my favorite music as a teen! YA Bibliophile)
First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously? As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim. I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.