I’ve received so many anon and non anon messages/questions about this since I posted about it the other day. So I decided to put all the info here in one post for everyone to see.
In January 2006, Panic!At the Disco started a book club to discuss books with us. They would write a post about it in their website and then we would all discuss it in the message boards (many times with them, especially Ryan, he would literally give us homework, like ok read this and this chapter and let’s discuss the character’s feelings or whatever, it was too cute for words).
Every month there was a new book. It carried on until 2008 (there might have been some in 2009 but I don’t remember). It was interesting to see how Ryan’s recommendations started switching to 60s/70s culture related books, we read about the 70s punk scene, The Clash, The Kinks… during the Pretty. Odd era.
I can’t remember all the details, but I’m almost 100%sure the book club idea was a Pete/Ryan thing.
The first book we did was recommended by Ryan (of course) and it was:
The Heart is Deceitful Above all Things by J.T. LeRoy.
Pete Wentz got this book for Ryan after he read Ryan’s lyrics for the first time because the story reminded him of him/his writings. LeRoy was/is one of Pete’s favourite writers.
This is what the book is about:
‘This book of interconnected stories depicts the chaotic life of a young boy on the run with his teenage mother. When Sarah reclaims Jeremiah from his foster parents, he finds himself catapulted into her world of motels and truck stops, exposed to the abusive, exploitative men she encounters. As he learns to survive in this harrowing environment, Jeremiah also learns to love his mother, even as she descends into drug-fueled madness. Told in spare, lyrical prose, rich with imagination and dark humor, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things transforms the savagery of Jeremiah’s world into an indelible experience of compassion.’
It’s both heart breaking and cute that Pete thought of this book for Ryan. I recommend you read it, it’s a beautiful story. I get why he gave it to him, it was so fitting at the time.
Ryan never mentioned that the reason he liked this book (or why it was his first recommendation) was because Pete had got it for him and it had a similar feel to his writing. You know, 20 year olds are too proud for that ;). The reason we know it is because back in 2003-2007, Pete used to answer fan questions all the time in his Lj or in the FBR’s website. At some point in January of 2006, someone asked what were his favourite books and he gave a few answers from the rest of the guys from FOB, and then mentioned that he loved the book that Ryan had recommended in the new Panic book club and urged everyone to go and check it out. He didn’t give the title on purpose so everyone went to their website instead. Then he added that he had given it to Ryan when he first read his lyrics because it reminded him of him. Awww.
And this is what Ryan wrote on that first Book Club entry:
We’ve been wanting to do something with our fans for a while now that would allow us to get to talk to you more, and in a way that isn’t us just answering questions about the band. I’m curious to see how you all think and what you feel and what you like, don’t like, would like, and so forth. So we came up with the idea of having sort of a “book club” in hopes that we can all get to know each other a little better, and at the same time read some literature that is new to us.
I chose the first book, ‘The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things’ because it’s been recommended to me countless times by countless people, and thought it would be a good one to start this off with.So the point here is to discuss what you thought of the first chapter, 'Disappearances’ whether it’s something in the story, Leroy’s writing style, if it’s theme related, whatever it is. I’m going to go ahead and let you all start, and I’ll respond.
I loved that the first book wasn’t a Chuck Palahniuk one, but THIS ONE.
i really want a boyfriend so they could sing the ‘do do do do dodo’s in this aint a scene by fall out boy because its really hard to sing the ‘im a leading man and the lies i weave are oh so intricate’ and the 'do do do do dodo’ on time and still make it for the second 'im a leading man and the lies i weave are oh so intricate’