...oh, Molly (gigglette) wrote in waitingnwishing,
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I'm Feeling Infinite.

"And all the books you've read have been read by other people. And all the songs you've loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that's pretty to you is pretty to other people. And you know that if you looked at these facts when you were happy you would feel great because you are describing 'Unity'."
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (page 96)

Edit:: when I first posted that, I was feeling rather annoyed by that thought. Here are new thoughts nearly in entirety:

Like the Turner Classic Movie gimmick of December says,
"Love Is A Funny Thing."

It's very true.
I read The Perks Of Being a Wallflower today.
I think I originally disliked it because it seemed so simple and young. But there was something interesting that made me keep going. Maybe the idea that this kid lived in Pittsburgh and I knew exactly what tunnel he was talking about. I could bring the pictures so vividly to my mind even if I haven't been there in over seven years. I loved that Patrick was going to go to University of Washington to be close to the music. This book was like home for me. And I found myself so interested because these weren't just Charlie's thoughts, they were things that the author thought someone like Charlie would think of. The thoughts have passed through so many people that a book was written on them. Thoughts on forgetting you're special, thoughts on participating, on feeling like the lost sibling, on knowing secrets, and being honest, and reading, and music... It's funny that it mentions feeling special in the book, because it's the sort of book that has an impact, that you know millions of people will read or have read. And I'm one of those millions, but it doesn't matter that I'm a number on some list on some publisher's success scale. What matters is that I did it, that I have something in common with all of those million people, that I have "unity" and at the same time a profound individuality. I say this last part because even if the thoughts in the book very like mine, they weren't. Each reader would have conveyed Charlie differently had they been the writer. And each reader probably read it differently as well. In one sitting, in many sittings. In their own room, in a library, in a coffee shop, in their early morning classroom. While listening to happy music, or sad music, or to Charlie's music, possibly to no music at all. This is the sort of book that I'll wind up making a part of me, like I did with the movie Amelie.


"And all the books you've read have been read by other people. And all the songs you've loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that's pretty to you is pretty to other people. And you know that if you looked at these facts when you were happy you would feel great because you are describing 'Unity'."
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (page 96)

I'm tempted to make a list of all of the culture references Charlie makes and find/experience each one of them.
But I might not go that far.

Love really is a funny thing.
It starts as simple interest and blossoms when not disappointed.
It grows with effort and undying interest, but not only does it grow, it grows within itself and with whoever loves.
Love is a wonderful funny thing.
I have fallen in love with a book today.
And it allowed me to be in love with everything else, including a grey rainy day.
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