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A Separate Peace
Part One
Novel by John Knowles (1959)

Collaboration with wrongheaded.

Read this in middle school. I have such a love-hate relationship with this book, we could appear in a sassy romantic comedy together. The historical context makes what would otherwise be insane idiocy on the part of the characters understandable (is there a sane way to respond to a horrible war?), so it's all good.

Other Book Comics: How Amon Stole Republic City 1984/Peanuts Mash-Up The Catcher in the Rye Robinson Crusoe Charlotte's Web MacBeth

Now on Required Reading, a literary parody webcomic.
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arcanehalo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm here because I read this long ago, and reading it again, looked for it on net to show friend. Omg. This is genius.
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Pixie-Stixxx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just read chapter one, and the very first thought in my mind was ".....rule 34......." and immediately came here to search. I very much like this comic, too. It made me chuckle.. Stay golden, pal!
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YukiraHanou Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Didn't Finny have brown curly hair?
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Darkpurpleghost Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I hope you don't mind me using this as my facebook profile's cover photo! 8)
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social-cyanide Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
this is pretty much my feelings during the entire book. best of friends, indeed.
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Thinston Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Pity things don't work out for them! :D
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Mixanda Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Oh god xD
I just finished reading it about an hour ago and I've been searching for shit about it everywhere xD
But this, it killed me x3
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
XD This is hilariously perfect. The happy (almost literal) golden boy and the cynical emo kid. They should be a hilarious sitcom.
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Thinston Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Thanks so much for the kind words! :) And that's a great idea! I would call it "What's up with Gene and Finny?" or maybe "Gene and Finny: The College Years" or even "I love Finny!". It'll be this generation's "Perfect Strangers." Or maybe it could be a romantic comedy! Gene is always frustrated with Finny's cheerful cloudcuckoolander shenanigans, but then he realizes he thinks it's actually cute and they slowly fall in love. Wait, no they did that; I'm thinking of "The New Girl" or "Dharma and Greg."

Heck, I'll just call it "Gene and Finny's Excellent Adventures," and throw in some time-travel.
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Hyena27 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol love it. i'm reading this book and I have an essay and final on it tomorrow:/
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Thinston Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
This is a ridiculously late reply, but thanks for the nice comment, and I hope you did well on your final and essay on the book! I'm not sure if I did, to be honest. This book was a very love-hate affair for me when I read it in middle school.
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Hyena27 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its ok^^ No problem! Thanks:) Aww. Lol I felt the same way about the book.
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SuperSaiyan4Godzilla Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Writer
THIS book
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IncubusRhapsodos Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember this book. Read it in high school.
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Thinston Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Me too (middle school for me though, I think). It seemed like a very weird book to me, at the time.
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IncubusRhapsodos Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That it did. For a quite a few chapters, I swore that Gene was gay. It was just an overall weird book.
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theTieDyeCloak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Haha! This is just beautiful :D
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Thinston Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Thanks so much for the nice comment! Glad you enjoy it.

I think I need to watch you. You like everything I like (Avatar, books, Star Trek, Doctor Who), and I love your art! And thanks again.
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Candy-Swirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Ah...I remember this book. Read it in 10th grade. Kinda liked it towards the end.

Funny comic by the way! :lol:
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Thinston Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Thanks so much! I think I read it a few years before that. I wasn't crazy about it at the time but have grown to like it since (the book I couldn't get through that year was A Tale of Two Cities).

Thanks again!
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Candy-Swirl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
No problem! ^^
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KoronaMosel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:la: I never thought I'd see anything for A Separate Peace on DA! It's my favorite book! My DA name is based on Finny. :love:


The book is so gay though :lmao:
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Thinston Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
I noticed that! Awesome name! :) It's always had a very special place in my heart.

And it so is gay! Totally gay. When I was in middle school, I noticed something weird was going on, especially during the scene where Gene is wearing Phineas's clothes. I wasn't the only one who noticed it, either. My classmates started asking, "Is Gene in love with Finny or something?" We were sure he was.

Years later, I read that the author actually did believe that Gene and Finny were really in love. So people aren't imagining it: it's really there! Nice to have my suspicions confirmed.

Everyone should be like Finny, really.
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KoronaMosel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:wow: So it's true then?! :lmao: That's really interesting to hear!
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Thinston Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Yep! From a 1972 interview with the author:

John Knowles: As far as I'm concerned, Finny and Gene were in love - not physically but emotionally - and the book shows that there's nothing wrong with that.

You can read it here:

[link]

Weird, huh?
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KoronaMosel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
XD That interview confuses me a little, since they're talking to two different Johns- John Knowles and John Heyl (who played Finny in one of the movies). But they refer to John Knowles as "Knowles" and John Heyl as "John"...?
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Thinston Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Ah, egg on my face...I may have gotten confused by the two different Johns. It is a little disorienting, although I'm still not sure how I could've missed that (I know the quote had been reported elsewhere, probably erroneously, as coming from the author, so it may have been confirmation bias on my part). How embarrassing.

Thanks so much though; I'm really glad you pointed that out to me before I continued believing that was true or further spreading it around, so thank you very much. Sorry for the misinformation!

Still, the fact that one of the actors sees it too says something, I think. I'll have to read over the interview again, more attentively, and do a little more research. Let this me a lesson to me about reading more carefully, then. Thanks again.
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KoronaMosel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh, it's not your fault!! :petting: After looking around other sites I did see that people have thought that it was John Knowles too. Whoever typed up the interview should have used Heyl instead of John. :no:

I was really hoping it had been Knowles who said it, but I do agree with you that the actor mentioning it does say something. I wouldn't be surprised if Heyl discussed some things with Knowles in order to learn more about Finny's character (and hence his relationship with Gene) to play the part better. And it looks like Knowles didn't bother correcting him when he said that, nor did he say that Gene and Phineas were merely friends. :D

So I'm going to continue to believe that they were indeed in love. :dance:
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Thinston Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Sorry for the late reply, and thanks. I guess it's an easy mistake to make; I'm pretty sure that I'd picked up the tidbit on tvtropes, which isn't exactly the most trustworthy source.

But I think you're right. Knowles doesn't debunk the theory when it's brought up, so at the very least he couldn't have been too vehemently opposed to it. I think Knowles was also born in 1926, so if he did write the relationship with that undercurrent in mind, it's possible he just wasn't too eager to advertise it (I can see the book getting yanked out of more than a few classrooms if the theory was ever confirmed).

I tend to read it that way, too. I guess one of the reasons books are examined through, say Queer theory is to explore that subtext. It's sadly only recently that including it openly wasn't a risky move!
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