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Title: Trailer Trash
Author: Marie Sexton
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Genre: Gay Romance
It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.
Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.
Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.
Top eight Totally Rad ’80s Movies
Hi there! I’m Marie Sexton, and I’m here today to talk about my New Adult novel Trailer Trash. Trailer Trash is about two high school seniors in small-town Wyoming in the mid-1980s. Although my poor protagonists are stuck in a town too small to have its own movie theater, I thought it would be fun to do a couple of posts about movies from the 80s. Today, I’ll be listing my top eight Totally Rad ’80s Movies.
Now, this isn’t about my favorite movies of the 80s. (Those will be Parts 2 and 3.) This list is about movies that were so perfectly, cheesily 80s that they instantly bring to mind Saturday mornings on my parents’ burnt-umber corduroy couch, watching HBO (oh, how my world grew when HBO arrived!) with the volume on low (so as not to wake my parents, lest they come and claim the TV for themselves). These are movies that haven’t necessarily aged well, but that captured some elusive, magical bit of what it felt like to grow up in the 1980s.
#8: Fast Times at Ridgemont High – This movie came out in 1982. I was way too young to see it or understand it at that time. It wasn’t until the late 80s/early 90s that I saw it. It’s best known for the antics of Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn), but there’s so much more to this movie. There’s something really raw and true about the way it deals with teenagers and sex. Also, those of us from the 80s can’t hear “Moving in Stereo” by The Cars without seeing Phoebe Cates climbing out of the swimming pool and/or Judge Reinhold furiously masturbating in the bathroom.
#7: Flesh+Bood – Already, we have two movies with Jennifer Jason Leigh, the girl who convinced me I just might be bisexual (and this movie was a big part of the reason why). Jennifer Jason Leigh + Rutger Hauer? That’s 80s gold right there. This movie isn’t as well known as the others on the list, but I adored it. It’s set in 1501, during the black plague. A woman is kidnapped on her way to her wedding by a band of mercenaries. Lots of death and suffering and rape ensues (although the victim of the latter manages to turn the tables a bit and claim some power of her own). I bet you if I saw this movie NOW, it’d turn my stomach. But back in the day, I was a huge fan.
#6: Better Off Dead – Everything about this movie was silly, but man, we all loved it. Poor, inept Lane (played by John Cusack) tries to win back his ex by joining a ski competition (even though he can’t ski). Throw in a crazy family and a psychotic paperboy, and you’ve got an 80s hit. My husband still occasionally yells out, “I want my two dollars!” for no good reason.
#5: Beastmaster – I haven’t seen this movie in YEARS. I’m sure it’s hysterical. I mean, just look at that poster! I can’t even tell you the plot. I remember something about ferrets and a pyramid… it’s all a bit hazy.
#4: Dragonslayer – Yet another super-cheese spectacular. A small village enlists a sorcerer to rid them of a virgin-eating dragon. Unfortunately, the sorcerer drops dead, leaving his (mostly inept) apprentice to take his place. This movie is hard to find, but man, it’s worth it. I mean, as long as you have some wine to go with that cheese.
#3: Clash of the Titans (the original, of course) – This movie goes perfectly with Beastmaster and Dragonslayer as some of the cheesiest productions of the decade. I stumbled across it on TV recently. I tried to convince my daughter to watch it because she loves Greek mythology (she’s addicted to Percy Jackson), but she couldn’t see past the laughtastic visual effects. I spent so many Saturday mornings on the aforementioned orange couch, watching this movie.
#2: The Legend of Billie Jean – Another one that’s shockingly hard to find. A teenage girl from Texas is wrongly accused of a crime, and takes to the road with her younger brother (played by Christian Slater) and a couple of friends. Along the way, she cuts her hair and becomes a cultural icon for young girls all across the country. To me, it was one of the first strong Girl Power movies of my generation. There’s cheese in this movie, believe me, but it still gives me goose bumps.
#1: Escape from New York – The smokin’ hot Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell) takes my #1 spot. This movie also came out in 1981, and I probably didn’t see it until about ’85, but boy, did it make an impression. For those poor souls who haven’t seen this, the premise is that in the distant year of 1997, the entire island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison. The president’s plane crashes on the island. He has a cassette tape that’s somehow dire to the nation, so they employ hardened criminal Snake Plissken to go in and rescue the president and his tape. It’s dark, dystopian cheesiness at its best, and it earns my #1 spot for Totally Rad ’80s Movies.
So, did I miss any? Get any completely wrong? Do you actually remember the plot to Beastmaster? Let me know in the comments. Also, be sure to check out parts 2 and 3 of my Top Movies of the 80s lists, coming in the next couple of days. I’ll be talking about my favorite movies from my teen years, and my all-time favorite 80s movies (the ones that I still adore). Please follow along, and consider checking out Trailer Trash, while you’re at it.
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About the Author
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.
Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.
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