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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2/11/07 07:22 pm - zeus_complex - I Felt Infinite

Hey everyone, I'm new. The name is Lexy.
I recently bought Perks a few weeks ago, and couldn't put it down. Charlie was so much like me, excluding a few things, it was uncanny. I loved it. That was the best book I've read in a very long time.

If you want something similar, read Simon Says ny Elaine Marie Alphin, it's remarkable as well.

12/12/06 01:29 am - wallflower_erin - Dear friends.

A friend of mine let me borrow this book, saying she thought I would like it.
I ended up reading it in one day.
When I finished it, I felt like I'd lost a best friend.
Charlie was the closest person I had for a day.
That's the impact this book had on me.
So I made this anonymous livejournal account in case there's every a time in my life where I need to talk to someone other than the people I know.
Even if no one's reading.
I can hope that maybe someone is.

6/6/06 01:14 pm - bemorechill

Since I have a lot of time to kill, I put together the mixtape that Charlie made for Patrick in the Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's an awesome collection of songs, so even if you haven't read the book and have no idea what I'm talking about, I suggest you download it anyway.

.zip [14 songs + cover art]

Comment over at the post if taking please!

Sorry if this isn't allowed! Feel free to delete it.

[x-posted to some other Perks communities]

11/16/05 10:05 pm - dyingtolive____

9/6/05 08:31 pm - fourcorners

Is there some way to rent or own or just see again The Four Corners of Nowhere, my journalname inspiration?

9/2/05 10:31 pm - nnnslogan - An Interview with Stephen Chbosky

Few books have the impact—emotionally and commercially—of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (MTV Books, 1999). Chbosky’s coming-of-age novel about a 15-year-old boy unable to repress any emotions has quietly sold nearly half a million copies, birthing a cult of diehard fans more dedicated than the weirdest of Star Trek geeks. According to Chbosky, Perks has convinced some teenagers to choose life over suicide; if you speak to a random sampling of high school or college students anywhere in America, Perks inevitably emerges as a favorite novel.

Due to its popularity, however, the book has become a target for anti-obscenity moralists who believe that literature leads to licentiousness. Two school districts have banned Perks, and many more have challenged the novel for its depictions of adolescent sexuality and drug use. In November 2004, a group of Wisconsin parents challenged Perks after a teacher assigned the book (even though the school required parental permission in the first place).

After public hearings attended by 200 citizens—along with ACLU representatives and students carrying posters proclaiming “Keep Perks” and “Reading Promotes Thought”—the Wisconsin school board declined to remove the book from the curriculum. (“Now I want it banned,” said parent Karen Krueger, responding the anticensorship decision in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Their parental notification is ineffective.”)

Chbosky spoke about the fiasco—and his feelings about censorship—from his home in Los Angeles, where he is currently writing a screenplay for a major Hollywood director (whose name is off the record) and a forthcoming television series for UPN.

Click here to read the interview...

8/4/05 07:47 pm - _fugitivexlove

has anyone ever read "Pieces", the short stories stephen chbosky edited? i absolutely LOVED it. right up there with perks. :)

6/15/05 04:09 am - nnnslogan - Welcome to the Chbosky fan community

Dear Friend,

I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.

That's how it starts, so that's how this community starts.

I'm thinking it's very likely that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is in production as an MTV film, and since Chbosky is a screenwriter I would expect him to have written the screenplay, but I actually took a whack at writing a screenplay based on the book. I've got about 30 pages so far. It's a useful exercise, but I don't imagine they would need an adaptation by anyone other than Chbosky, so it's really just for practice.

I had the idea to give the book to someone as a series of letters as if they were written by Charlie, and even including the mix tapes and assigned books mentioned in the story, but I'm afraid someone might find that kind of thing a bit too weird and stalkery. Too bad, really, because it's something that could also be taken as a very romantic gesture.

Oh, well.

Love Always,

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