Stephen Chbosky Message Board
danny posts on 10/26/2006 12:52:14 PM
Charlie is just an average boy you know. hes a hero when he needs to be
Christie posts on 10/24/2006 5:18:09 PM
I think Melissa is missing something here. The redundancy of the word "incidentally" would have normally bothered me as well, however I think it was purposely over used to give Charlie character and add to his personality. I don't feel the same way about the word "sad" but I think Chbosky was very insightful creating that repetitive style because, as many of us probably don't realize, there are certain words we overuse ourselves. Chbosky gives anyone and everyone the opportunity to identify with Charlie and to see him as a real person. Who knows.. maybe he is. The point is that art, literature, music.. its all up to interpretation. Perhaps we see things in our own way, the way we want to see them or the way we don't want to see them. Regardless, this book was beautifully written. You have to love Charlie. He is far from a pussy. The outbursts and strength he possessed in fighting gave you a look at the other side of Charlie, other things he was capable of outside of observation and writing. It also represented built up anger and frustrations he'd never released. It didn't even seem like he really knew how. And do you think that if what happened to Charlie, had happened to you, that you might be a little more introverted and sensitive? It's called psychological trauma sweetheart. A lesson in empathy might do you some good. You read a book of thoughts, feelings, observations and insight, not a storybook. In short, this book is a beautiful and unique portrait of life.
posts on 10/2/2006 7:12:07 PM
This book was probably one of the best I have read so far. It was just amazing and I couldn't put it down. From the first page, it kept me wanting more. The author must write other books and I also think that this book should become a movie, it would be amazing. The music that is talked about in the book also, is amazing. I can already see that this book has just as much as an inpact on others, as it did on me. I would read it a million times and never hate it. I loved it.
posts on 9/29/2006 10:04:10 PM
can you please tell me what the name of the song and the who the artist is that played during the last scene when Ashly gets out of her car and sees the dead crows? I figure if Stephen wrote the pilot he should know the music????Here's hoping!
posts on 9/2/2006 11:10:12 AM
dear melissa. in response to your last concern with the book. charlie is a pussy and cries at everything...
being emotional does not make you a pussy. i have a dear friend who cries a lot. he is the most amazing person i have ever met. im deeply sorry if you have never met anyone who shows their feelings because really it is something that everyone should experience in their lifetime.
i find it brave of you to say what you thought however ignorant it may have been. because this is a forum full of people with admiariation for Stephen Chbosky's ability to capture so much truth and pureness and put it into one book. im sorry you did not also enjoy it maybe you should read it again someday.
posts on 9/1/2006 7:34:44 PM
Its nice to see that so many people loved the book just as much as I did. I was going through some rough times while reading this book, and it opened my eyes to a lot of things... I have read it three times, and i fear i will never read a book as great as this one. If anyone has any suggestion for a good book i would extremly appreciate it.
posts on 7/24/2006 7:21:04 PM
FYI THe new CBS series this fall, Jericho, was created by Stephen Chbosky. He also wrote the pilot and most of the second episode. Check it out - Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Septembber 20.
posts on 7/24/2006 3:20:10 AM
this book is the most amazining book ive read. its so real. alot of things that hes going threw ive witnessed or lived. On my way to Vegas i read the whole thing...and that took me about...3 hours, and it felt as if i was there, in the story. when they were stoned i was lauging, since ive taken "special brownies" with out knowing, or when they found brad and partick kissing in the closet, i have to gay friends, who havent told n e one but there close friends. losing love, falling in love, having loved once abused, and in hospitals. ive been through it all. it also happens to send out a message to young teens dealing with there problems. many young teens look to cutting, suicide, drugs, and drinking. because they feel they have no one to talk to, and they feel as if they cant trust anyone. well maybe writting the way charlie did would show that even though you dont know the person there is a chance they care, and are willing to listen, and if not, at least they know that they let it all out. and have nothing to worry about.
posts on 6/21/2006 10:25:26 AM
mellisa, no one is going to stone you for not liking the book... or i would hope not... but i think you don't like it because you're judging it as if it were an essay... the use of the word sad makes charlie and the other kids easier to understand for the teenage audience. kids can associate with sad, they don't know how "melloncholly" feels. sad is something everyone can assoiciate with and understands. using it helps to reach wider audiences, and humanizes the characters.
also, that phrase you mentioned is something that you would hear everyday at school. this book was written for teenagers and young adults, and we deal with innapropirate language on an everyday basis. that chbosky uses words like that is a relief to me.
i'm sorry you didn't enjoy it but i hope you realize why we do.
posts on 6/20/2006 8:48:27 PM
The Book was very good i didn't really like the way it ended but thats okay i kind of wish that he would write anyother book but it be from brads point of view so you would hear more about what happeend with bad and his dad and more about him and patrick but i love the way same is and how she looks at things in life and how she loves charlie just she does not want to hurt him charlie was a very emotional kid because of his best friend killing himself in the begining and his aunt dying it was an amazing book i don't alot of my friends aobut it and now htye want to read it.
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