coming of age

Recommended Coming Of Age Movies for Girls

(my very favorites are marked with a *)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)*
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)*
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)*
Rusalochka (1976)
Palo Alto (2013)*
La Belle Personne (2008)
The Moth Diaries (2013)*
Prozac Nation (2001)
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)*
Clueless (1995)*
The Craft (1996)*
Stealing Beauty (1996)*
Barbe Bleue (2009)
Heathers (1988)
Labyrinth (1986)*
Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Violet and Daisy (2011)*
Hanna (2011)
Augustine (2012)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)*
Ginger Snaps (2000)*
Dirty Girl (2010)
Perfect Sisters (2014)
The Sisterhood of Night (2015)
Baby Doll (1956)
Girly (1970)
Somersault (2004)*
Foxfire (1996)
Electrick Children (2012)
Tanner Hall (2009)
But I’m A Cheerleader (1999)

Sweet Angel Mine (1996)
Sister, Sister (1987)
Wilderness Survival for Girls (2004)
Pinprick (2009)
We Are What We Are (2013)
Spring Breakers (2012)
Black Swan (2010)*
Ask Me Anything (2014)*
Elsewhere (2009)*
Triple Dog (2010)
Adult World (2014)
Stoker (2013)*
Ghost World (2001)*

I was seventeen once;
It tasted like cigarettes.

It tasted like a lot of different pairs of lips.
It was chlorine-bleached crunchy hair
And hollow-eyed fucking in the woods, like ghosts.
I was seven-fucking-teen.
And I was fucking invincible.
I had too much room to grow, and no idea what to do with it all.
Nothing ever went wrong when I was seventeen;
But I was seventeen,
And of course we were hurtling towards the sun.

I was seventeen once,
And then I burned down.

“She was an island, bound to no land, doomed to float in obscurity”

Set in the 1920’s, Laura Stratford, the British aristocrat trapped by family obligation, and Laura Elliott, the strong, beautiful girl, begging for freedom, duel for control. Laura Elliott-Stratford whisked off to Britain after her father’s death, struggles to fit in and to be herself. With the help of Graham, Sarah, and Jeremy, her recently acquainted friends, she just might do that.

I loved this book, and will definitely read it again and again. Claire’s complex and imperfect characters draw you in and the world she builds around them makes you stay. I went in thinking this was an average romance novel and I got to meet this sophisticated yet relatable heroine, who I will miss dearly. I would recommend this book to anyone. With a mixture of historical fiction, romance, and finding oneself, I believe anyone who picks it up will fall in love with it as I have.

Beó an dòchas
Ever hopeful Casey💕

Across the formidable sea
by Claire Laminen


9x07 “Bad Boys”
Repairing Cars, Fixing Things, the Dean Winchester Healing Business

Posted as part of the Series “Of Blood, Bone and Darkness”:
A Carver Era Rewatch Hiatus Meta-Series

I have spoken many times before about the connection between Dean and cars (two examples with the Impala as a metaphor for Dean’s psyche/soul here and here) and how the Impala often times serves as a visual representation for state of Dean’s pyche/soul and this scene here is completely in line with that. Because fixing a car has strongly been linked to Dean working on “fixing” himself and mending himself. Especially the puzzle reference I adore, because it t me speaks heavily about the puzzle and riddle of figuring yourself out, which fits well into the framework of this episode that is literally showing Dean in his adolescence. Though to me on SPN we still are seeing Dean’s individuation and coming of age arc playing out. Plus: The line about responsibility here speaks volumes about the weight on Dean’s shoulders as a mere 16-year-old.

The year started with innocence.
A girl with big, hazel eyes,
who believed in love.
Her dimples were as deep as the ocean.
Her mind was filled with ambition and her body had never been touched.
That girl slowly slipped away as he entered her system.
Vodka swam through her veins
Drugs began clouding her mind.
Her eyes became blood shot.
Her body never became familiar with his touch.
Instead her body became an instrument to give to boys who may help her forget him.
She never forgot.
Every kiss made her crave his lips.
Every time she dropped to her knees she wished it was in front of him.
Every black out came with phone calls to him.
Desperate texts.
She tried to forget him, but somehow at seventeen one person can change your life.
—  Seventeen