This movie “Persepolis” about Iran before and after the revolution from a teenager’s perspective sounds good.
And the story is made universal by the fact that the adolescent Marjane articulates the trials of puberty with the same intensity and in the same slightly hysterical voice with which she describes the terror of war and of the Iranian dictatorship. The teenager’s loneliness and the terrible fear of being ugly — felt just as deeply in Tehran as anywhere else — are not sidelined as trivial in the comic and film. Marjane never forgets the tension between dramatic experiences and the apparently petty problems she goes through.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was king at teen angst intermingled with real problems. (assuming vamps are real) It’s a good genre.