What's the big deal with Homecoming?
November 27, 2006 10:10 PM Subscribe
Are Prom and Homecoming really such big deals in American high school life as they appear on TV?
posted by Kwirq to society & culture (59 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The girl and I live in Canada, and we're always just a little bit mystified when Prom and/or Homecoming or whatever are featured in television and movies. (Most recent of many, many examples: watching Heroes this afternoon.)
Is it really the big deal that it's made out to be, with the limos and the $500 dresses and everything? And is it prevalent everywhere in the US? According to wikipedia, it's common in Canada too, but we've never heard of a school actually having them (we're in Alberta though; it might be different out east).
I say it's mostly an artifact of Hollywood, or at most a manufactured tradition a la Valentine's Day. She says there's got to be more to it if all the teen magazines have super-special prom editions etc.
At the risk of descending into chatfilter, please help me understand this bizarre phenomenon and tell me what's it like where you live.