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1. Working on a story, have a question concerning the following line:

Sarah rolls her eyes, debates pointing out that rated-R movies sometimes come very close to porn, and then thinks about her chances for renting (insert film here) in the near future.

Keeping in mind that the story is set in early 2008 (January or February, I think), what R-rated movie might a typical 13-year-old girl be interested in seeing that she hasn't already seen? After scanning Wikipedia, the only thing I could come up with was "Knocked Up," but...does that work? Or is there a much better suggestion I'm not thinking of? Now that I think about it, I suppose given her age that opens up a whole world of older movies she probably hasn't seen yet, but...I am not well versed in cinema! Also, I avoid movies rated R like the plague! (which I think makes me an anomaly) So you can see where I'm having difficulties.

(oh, also, this particular girl has just proclaimed disinterest in the Austen remakes on PBS because "Jane Austen's kind of boring," so I'd imagine period pieces wouldn't be her thing either.)

2. Speaking of 12-to-13-year-old girls, er, for those of you who went to school dances in middle school, especially with groups of friends...what did you do?  What made them fun?  I always flatly refused to attend such tomfoolery, so I have no experience at all.  Well, I did go to one in 7th grade because my mom made me, but I spent the whole time with my arms crossed in a corner, hating the loud music and glaring at people running around with no inhibition whatsoever, so...I need a fresher and more positive perspective.  
(This question is story-related, too...same character, different fic.)

3. What's a nice rural area of Wisconsin?  Sarah's grandparents live out in the country with horses, and I'm trying to figure out a middle school I can have her attend there, so I need some sort of city name (or, well, not city, but you know what I mean).  You'd think I'd be perfectly qualified to figure this out on my own, but no.  I want help if possible. 



Nov. 9th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
I can help a little with the first two questions. (I know next to nothing about Wisconsin, so I'd be useless on the third one. LOL.)

1) I would think any raunchy comedy would work. Knocked Up would be fine, but I would also suggest Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the American Pie series.

2) First of all, I have to laugh at your use of the word "tomfoolery"! xD Second, I'm sorry your one experience at a school dance was so miserable. I went to a lot, and most of them were fun. Speaking specifically for middle school, I often met a group of my friends there. We usually danced together for all the fast songs, and for the slow, we had a guy male semi-friends who'd sometimes take turns dancing with us. At my school we also did this thing called a snowball dance, which was where everyone at the dance got in a circle, and there'd be a group in the middle (usually whichever student organization was putting on the dance). They'd pick their partners and dance with them for a while, and then a little ways into the song, the DJ or whatever would tell them to get a new partner. Then the same thing would happen again and again until (nearly) everyone was dancing. It was actually pretty fun. :)
Nov. 10th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
1. Oh! I didn't even think of the American Pie series. That's a good one, I might go with it. Although 40-Year-Old Virgin is pretty tempting too. Thanks!

2. Nah, don't feel sorry for me...I went in expressly intending to hate it, and I stand proudly by my decision (tomfoolery, I say!). I tend to be very rigid and uptight when it comes to social situations, and Sternly Disapprove of people who aren't embarrassed by embarrassing things (which is basically what all non-choreographed dancing is, to my eyes). What can I say, I have an Embarrassment Complex. Also a Judging Complex, but that's a whole new ball game.

Thanks very much for your insights, though! The snowball dance sounds interesting, from a purely observational standpoint.

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