The next day, middle grade/YA author Lisa Schroeder tweeted that she'd just watched the One Direction movie (I didn't even know there was a movie) and she wasn't ashamed. I replied that as children's authors, we get to unabashedly watch this sort of thing.
I regularly read posts from tween/teen authors about movies and TV shows designed for young girls, including Pitch Perfect and Glee (back when that show was good). It seems that writing for young readers gives you license to indulge in entertainment designed for young people...which can be fun. I, for instance, watched this movie on Netflix and loved it:
The whole thing reminds me of my fascination with Debbie Gibson when I was 16. Technically I was too old to be a fan of hers, but she was my age and she was writing songs that were actually on the radio. As a writer of (very bad) poetry, I was inspired.
When I was a teenager, I loved this video. It still appeals to my girly side, even if I were seeing it for the first time today.
It has everything. Fun effects, fashionable clothes (for the time, anyway!) and scrunchies. Remember scrunchies?
If you don't, don't worry. They'll come back in fashion soon. Fashion does that. Debbie Gibson probably won't, though. She's too busy making bad movies.
But I did feel a little ashamed at just how much I enjoyed fellow Hendersonville High School alum Taylor Swift's new video. What is it about these young female singers that make them SO much fun to watch? It's a really, really good video and song, actually, even if you aren't a recovering Debbie Gibson fan!
What's your most embarrassing guilty pleasure?
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