1. If you’re wondering how best to adapt a teen novel into a film, you really need to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower. That movie was so freaking good I can’t even tell you. Stephen Chbosky wrote, directed and produced the film adaptation of his own novel. Which is what made the movie resonate so brilliantly. The whole way home I couldn’t get my favorite quote from the movie out of my head:
Normally I’ll read the book before seeing the movie. But in this case, reading the book will be enhanced by replaying the wonderful movie scenes behind my eyes while I’m reading. Snaps for SC. Dude! We have the same initials! This is totally a sign you will see When It Happens or Something Like Fate on the big screen soon.
2. New York! I’ll be at the New York Public Library’s main branch (476 5th Avenue) this Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 pm on a Bullying in Books panel. Please stop by and say hey if you’re in the area.
3. Not only is it Teen Read Week, but it’s Anti-Bullying Month. Justine Magazine asked me to write a letter to their readers on how to survive bullying. You can read the letter here. Justine also posted a list of books that focus on the consequences of bullying.
4. It makes me so happy when I hear from readers who have been inspired by my books enough to make positive changes in their lives. Some of you have sent me pictures of your own treasure maps, wish boxes, and inspiration for looking up. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared these with me. The main goal I have for my writing is to reach out to teens and help them feel less alone. When you send me feedback, it makes me even more determined to keep reaching for that goal. You rule.
5. My friend Elizabeth came over the other day. When she saw my poster of John Cusack holding that boombox over his head in Say Anything, she told me how he held another boombox over his head at a recent Peter Gabriel concert. Oh how I wish I was there. The image of Lloyd Dobler holding that boombox over his head makes my heart happy. Here’s JC passing the boombox to Peter at the beginning of “In Your Eyes,” another iconic image in its own way:
Ciao for now, party people.