It’s tough being a teenager in these trying times , what with all the acne you need to hide, social media you need to keep up with and subjects you need to study. It’s no wonder that teenagers on film have such weird hobbies to cope with the increasing demands of modern society. Life’s tough. Really tough. #firstworldproblems

But really, who among us hasn’t had a weird hobby when we were teens? Whether be it making armour out of vanguard sheets to protect yourself from paper bullets, or rearranging pebbles in school ponds in the pursuit of the opposite sex, the fact is that hobbies in our teens were much, much more interesting than those in our adult lives.

So here’s a round-up of the strange and eclectic hobbies that teenagers have pursued in films! With so many teen movies out there, there’s bound to be one that you identify with.

1) Leaving Sherlock Holmes-style clues when you run away from home (Paper Towns)

Margo (Cara Delevingne) from Paper Towns probably wouldn't run into monsters though. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Margo (Cara Delevingne) from Paper Towns looks pretty normal though… Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Running away from home seems normal. Leaving a note behind explaining your grievances against society and all the terrible times that your classmates forgot to jio you for a birthday invitation, still normal. But leaving cryptic clues that involve matching old records to books to secret notes that contain addresses that you aren’t technically staying at? Definitely strange. That’s what Margo, the female lead of Paper Towns, did – and she did it so frequently that her family just shrugs it off as something normal.

That’s only possible in large countries though. Try something like that in Singapore and you’ll be found in two hours, tops.

2) Getting fake IDs with funky names (Superbad)

McLovin's (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) fake ID in Superbad. Credit: Fog's Movie Reviews

McLovin’s (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) fake ID in Superbad. Credit: Fog’s Movie Reviews

It’s one thing to have your real name be Batman bin Superman on your IC. I mean, some of us are blessed with awesome sounding names, but some of us are saddled with terribly girly names like Peiqin (for a man). But naming yourself on your fake ID is a whole new ball game – it’s the ultimate wish fulfillment. And you really can’t top the fake name “McLovin” as Fogell did in Superbad. It’s original, it’s memorable, and it says so much in just three syllables. Fogell could have made a living creating names for fake IDs, and I’d buy one just for the sake of having a cool moniker like “McLovin.”

3) Putting a cigarette in your mouth but not smoking it (The Fault in Our Stars)

Augustus (Ansel Elgort) doesn't smoke in The Fault in Our Stars. Credit: Social News Daily

Augustus (Ansel Elgort) doesn’t smoke in The Fault in Our Stars. Credit: Social News Daily

First off – smoking is bad. It literally kills you. But what Augustus, a cancer patient in The Fault in Our Stars, does is that he puts “the thing that does the killing” between his mouth as a metaphor for how he has control over his cancer. It’s a blunt and heavy-handed way of saying how he has overcome the disease, but yuck. How long can you have a cigarette in your mouth before you start drooling and getting the cigarette all wet and soggy? And try explaining your habit to a teacher.

“Cher! It’s a metaphor! I’m not really smoking it!”

You’ll be in the principal’s office in five minutes.

4) Telekinetically setting things on fire (Carrie

Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz) sets the prom ablaze in Carrie (2013). Credit: Lady Geek Girl

Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz) sets the prom ablaze in Carrie (2013). Credit: Lady Geek Girl

Technically, Carrie doesn’t start a fire – she instigates the events that lead to a fire in 2013’s Carrie. Still, her penchant for telekinesis (moving things with your mind) makes her a rather dangerous friend to have. And she uses that power for revenge and destruction. It’s such a terrible waste of this ability, especially when you’re a teenager! Why not use it to take the ultimate selfie (look Ma, no hands!)?

5) Battling your future girlfriend’s ex-boyfriends (Scott Pilgrim vs the World)

Scott (Michael Cera) wields a blade against hsi foe in Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Credit: That Film Guy

Scott (Michael Cera) wields a blade against hsi foe in Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Credit: That Film Guy

For most teenage boys wooing girls, it’s quite standard. Buy flowers, ask her out for a movie, then Instagram the two of you holding hands. But not for Scott Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs the World. He battles his paramour’s ex-girlfriends in video game style battles, complete with power ups and level ups.

I’m not sure any real life teenage girl would actually find her boyfriend’s inclination for turning life into a video game an attractive trait. She’d probably wring her hands in frustration and leave her boyfriend to play a real video game, rather than harassing her ex-boyfriends.

6) Remaking famous films that star you as the main character (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

Poster for Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. Credit: Golden Village

Poster for Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. Credit: Golden Village

Compared to the other hobbies on the list, Greg and Earl’s hobby in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sounds relatively tame – until you realise that they are the stars of their own movies and it’s just the two of them making films. This means that they do everything, from the props to the shooting to the crowd control, themselves. Don’t forget it’s frequently a one-man team, since the other party has to be on camera doing the acting. Yet in just a few short teenage years, they’ve done so many films that it takes Rachel, the titular Dying Girl, a year to watch all the films with Greg.

And it’s a whole range of different genres that they tackle in their own independent films. To check out what films they’ve remade in their own image, catch Me and Earl and the Dying Girl this week! Maybe you’ll even be inspired to make your own.

Credits: Twentieth Century Fox, Fog’s Movie Reviews, Social News Daily, Lady Geek Girl, That Film Guy, Golden Village.