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Old 10-21-2008, 08:06 AM
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Default Novels with a "Lasting" Effect...

Okay, so, I just finished Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I can honestly say that it was the best novel I have ever read... It tapped into so many of my emotions, and was so incredibly relate-able not only to my own experiences, but also to those of others my age.

Truly, it has had a lasting effect on me, and as corny as it sounds, it has changed the way I look at the world and view new situations, as well as people in general... (Blah. It was so good, it at least needed to be mentioned in a thread... If not having one dedicated to it. xD)

Andddd, I was just wondering if any of you have read a book like this, that you can look back on and remember how it influenced your views and such... Please don't post here telling how much Harry Potter made you see the world in a whole new "magical" way, or something... Only if a book really has impacted you.



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Old 10-21-2008, 08:39 AM
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To Kill A Mockingbird really resonated with me as a reader. The symbolism of innocence, its destruction, and its portrayal of Southern life was all so wonderfully done. Harper Lee's storytelling ability is excellent as well.

Though not a novel, the play The Crucible can open your eyes to a lot of things. The imperfectness of the legal system and the evil mankind can inflict upon each other to name a few.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:12 PM
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I read this book a long time ago I miss it so much. :P I think I'm going to read it again. A Separate Peace - John Knowles. Haha, I don't know much about it anymore.

I am so naming my son Phineas now. /lame
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To Kill A Mockingbird really resonated with me as a reader. The symbolism of innocence, its destruction, and its portrayal of Southern life was all so wonderfully done. Harper Lee's storytelling ability is excellent as well.

Though not a novel, the play The Crucible can open your eyes to a lot of things. The imperfectness of the legal system and the evil mankind can inflict upon each other to name a few.
I read both of those in the past year, and I'd really have to say I agree xD

A book that had a relatively big impact on me, though - Pandemia by Johnathon Rand & Christopher Knight.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:15 PM
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a novel called RavenQuest was a book of legends. It was as realistic as hell, and it really clinged. That was the first time I read a 300 page book in one day (I was awake for 24 hours!)
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:30 PM
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Well, the Twilight series owned, but that doesn't really count.

1984.

Read it.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:09 AM
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To Kill A Mockingbird really resonated with me as a reader. The symbolism of innocence, its destruction, and its portrayal of Southern life was all so wonderfully done. Harper Lee's storytelling ability is excellent as well.

Though not a novel, the play The Crucible can open your eyes to a lot of things. The imperfectness of the legal system and the evil mankind can inflict upon each other to name a few.
:P Those are both books I've read for school in the last year

Anyway, as weird as it sounds, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy helped me calm down during some stressful times, so I guess that would for me
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:15 PM
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I don't read many interesting books, they're so hard to find. and Chelsea Handler's Autobiography isn't really a novel.

'The Giver' was pretty own.

@Charbok: Lol, Twilight. I hate those books. :P Way too girly, and that's saying something since I'm obsessed with Britney Spears.
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I read this book a long time ago I miss it so much. :P I think I'm going to read it again. A Separate Peace - John Knowles. Haha, I don't know much about it anymore.

I am so naming my son Phineas now. /lame
Yes, that was a good book. Poor Leper.

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1984.

Read it.
That too.
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Sophie's World....
I haven't read it (XD) But I can guess...
Also, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke ^^
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Anyway, as weird as it sounds, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy helped me calm down during some stressful times, so I guess that would for me
I'm reading this right now; I really like it. ^_^

Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven were really influential on me, as well as Wicked.
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To Kill A Mockingbird really resonated with me as a reader. The symbolism of innocence, its destruction, and its portrayal of Southern life was all so wonderfully done. Harper Lee's storytelling ability is excellent as well.

Though not a novel, the play The Crucible can open your eyes to a lot of things. The imperfectness of the legal system and the evil mankind can inflict upon each other to name a few.
I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. It was just wow.

Also reading the Crucible right now in Juniors Honors English and I love the parallels to the Salem Witch Hunt to the Red Scare and also to the modern day world.
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I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. It was just wow.

Also reading the Crucible right now in Juniors Honors English and I love the parallels to the Salem Witch Hunt to the Red Scare and also to the modern day world.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:54 PM
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Default Re: Novels with a "Lasting" Effect...

Breaking Dawn and New Moon.

They were just... wow.

New Moon was an amazing book, because it reminded me of how I felt about how depressed I was when many things have turned bad, and then I look at Bella, and I feel lucky. Lucky that my parents divorced. Lucky that I have to wake up each day living the same life. Lucky that... oh, the list goes on and on. But anyway... It reminded me of when I was in such a depression where I couldn't be helped. No one could. So, I tried helping myself. And that depression was actually fixed when I joined PE2K, so, without PE2K, who knows where I might have ended up in life.

Breaking Dawn was just... different... it showed me we really have more hope in this world than I thought we had. Well, any world that consists of God should be hopeful, right? It is true, but there's a lot of stuff that's been happening lately, it isn't even funny as to how little hope I should have now...

I wish I could say something about my favorite book, Inkheart... Hmm... Well, I guess it is another good symbol for hope... and being creative, that's for sure. xD
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:06 PM
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Frozen Fire will have an everlasting effect on me; it might've been fictional (very, very fictional) but it sure was relate-able to.

I also read the Series of Unfortunate Events in like 6th grade, and I like them. :3 Not that that has anything to do with this thread...
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