Verbal Diorama - Episode 209 - Heathers - Verbal Diorama

Episode 209


Heathers wasn't the first teen black comedy, but it certainly would go on to define teen movies going forward, with movies like Clueless, Jawbreaker and Mean Girls all benefitting from Heathers' influence, either vernacularly, sartorially or thematically.

A candy-coloured world juxtaposed against the metaphorical "high school is hell", Veronica Sawyer is a member of the Heathers, the most popular, and most hated clique at Westerburg High. Led by Heather, aided by Heather and brought up in the rear by Heather, Veronica is not a Heather, but she might as well be, especially when she starts being influenced by bad boy loner J.D....

Heathers would take a satirical look at teen suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual assault, fatphobia, peer pressure (Teenage Suicide. Don't Do It!), but is possibly most well-known for being remarkably prescient when it comes to school shootings. 35 years ago, a student shooting classmates in the cafeteria was the stuff of far-fetched imaginations ran wild. Nowadays, it's become a horrific reality.

The extreme always seems to make an impression...

I would love to hear your thoughts on Heathers !



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About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are book ended by my cat, Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.