I Carried a Watermelon: Dirty Dancing and Me (Hardback)Katy Brand (author)
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A radical reappraisal of the cinematic behemoth that is Dirty Dancing, Katy Brand’s deliriously dotty book repositions the movie as a pioneering work of gender politics and socially conscious filmmaking. Through personal testimony and the critiques of other superfans, I Carried a Watermelon seeks to accord the iconic 80s classic the critical respect it deserves.
I Carried a Watermelon is a love story to Dirty Dancing. A warm, witty and accessible look at how Katy Brand's life-long obsession with the film has influenced her own attitudes to sex, love, romance, rights and responsibilities.
It explores the legacy of the film, from pushing women's stories to the forefront of commercial cinema, to its 'Gold Standard' depiction of abortion according to leading pro-choice campaigners, and its fresh and powerful take on the classic 'coming of age' story told from a naive but idealistic 17-year-old girl's point of view.
Part memoir based on a personal obsession, part homage to a monster hit and a work of genius, Katy will explore her own memories and experiences, and talk to other fans of the film, to examine its legacy as a piece of filmmaking with a social agenda that many miss on first viewing. One of the most celebrated and viewed films ever made is about to have the time of its life.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 26 mm
'It takes a true obsessive to open the mind especially to something one has always taken for granted. I knew I loved Dirty Dancing but I didn't know why. Now, thanks to Katy Brand's hilarious, touching, bonkersly true book, I do. One of the best reads of the year.' - Emma Thompson
'This is a book to massively enjoy (as I did) and then immediately hand on to your daughter (as I did)! I'm off to watch Dirty Dancing again immediately, and so will you when you read this gem.' - Dawn French
'An honest, moving, hilarious journey into how our youthful passions shape the people we become. Katy is the finest dance partner to take you on this journey.' - Shappi Khorsandi
'A joyous, funny, personal page-turner. I read it in one sitting.' - Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist
'...a witty, endearing and surprisingly political take on her lifelong obsession with Dirty Dancing' - The Bookseller
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