Chick Flick Road Kill
A Behind the Scenes Odyssey into Movie-Made America
Published: March 2007
About the Book
Movie and television culture has become so widely celebrated among young women that it has begun to blur with our own reality. When images of the Bahamas become inextricable from Tom Cruise spinning cocktails, or hearing the word "hospital" conjures thoughts of Noah Wyle in scrubs it is fair to say that the pop formula that is offered to us through the big screen and sitcoms have dealt us a fair amount of false intimacy and preconceived sentiments about the beauty of staged lives, which happens to be much different from our own.
Alicia Rebensdorf sets out on a road trip only to realize that not only is this a journey into physical America, but the America of her imagination. In what seems a constant battle with movie-made expectations, Alicia attempts to reconcile her nostalgia in Chick Flick Road Kill. Over the course of this four-month journey, which begins in Oakland, California and crosses through the Midwest to New York before turning down to Florida across the South out towards the Southwest and back to California, the author visits countless movie and television landmarks, talks with locals and learns that her generation's sense of America is, indeed, as flat as its two-dimensional TV screens.
This book is one woman's attempt to discover America beyond the media mythology and in the process explores her own relationship with pop culture. What's more, she discovers that there is a realer, cooler America, one that's far more exciting when freed from the mystique and power of pop culture's romanticism.