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Friend and romantic interest to Miles, Alaska is perplexing and alluring. She loves drinking wine, collecting books from yard sales, pranking the. Looking for Alaska revolves around the five teenagers Miles "Pudge" Halter, Alaska was a little girl, and she does not seem to have very good family relations. Everything you ever wanted to know about Miles Halter in Looking for Alaska, and that there'd be nothing but drama between the two of you—not love, not sex, .
Pudge realizes the truth of this and reconciles with the Colonel. The whole school finds it hilarious; Mr. Starnes even acknowledges how clever it was. Pudge finds Alaska's copy of The General in His Labyrinth with the labyrinth quote underlined and notices the words "straight and fast" written in the margins.
He remembers Alaska died on the morning after the anniversary of her mother's death and concludes that Alaska felt guilty for not visiting her mother's grave and, in her rush, might have been trying to reach the cemetery. On the last day of school, Takumi confesses in a note that he was the last person to see Alaska, and he let her go as well. Pudge realizes that letting her go doesn't matter as much anymore.
He forgives Alaska for dying, as he knows Alaska would forgive him for letting her go. He is the novel's main character, who has an unusual interest in learning famous people's last words.
He transfers to the boarding school Culver Creek in search of his own "Great Perhaps". Pudge is attracted to Alaska Young, who for most of the novel has a mixed relationship, mostly not returning his feelings. Alaska Young Alaska is the wild, unpredictable, beautiful, and enigmatic girl with a sad backstory who captures Miles' attention and heart.
She acts as a confidante to her friends, frequently assisting them in personal matters, including providing them with cigarettes and alcohol. She is described as living in a "reckless world. He is the strategic mastermind behind the schemes that Alaska concocts, and in charge of everyone's nicknames. Coming from a poor background, he is obsessed with loyalty and honor, especially towards his beloved mother, Dolores, who lives in a trailer.
He often feels overlooked in the plans of Miles, Chip, and Alaska. Towards the end of the novel he returns to Japan. Lara Buterskaya Lara is a Romanian immigrant, she is Alaska's friend and becomes Miles' girlfriend and, eventually, ex-girlfriend. She is described as having a light accent. Themes[ edit ] Search for meaning[ edit ] After Alaska's death, Pudge and Colonel investigate the circumstances surrounding the traumatic event.
While looking for answers, the boys are subconsciously dealing with their grief, and their obsession over these answers transforms into a search for meaning. Pudge and Colonel want to find out the answers to certain questions surrounding Alaska's death, but in reality, they are enduring their own labyrinths of suffering, a concept central to the novel. When their theology teacher Mr. Hyde poses a question to his class about the meaning of life, Pudge takes this opportunity to write about it as a labyrinth of suffering.
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He accepts that it exists and admits that even though the tragic loss of Alaska created his own labyrinth of suffering, he continues to have faith in the "Great Perhaps,'" meaning that Pudge must search for meaning in his life through inevitable grief and suffering. Literary scholar Barb Dean analyzes Pudge and the Colonel's quest for answers as they venture into finding deeper meaning in life. Because this investigation turns into something that is used to deal with the harsh reality of losing Alaska, it leads to Pudge finding his way through his own personal labyrinth of suffering and finding deeper meaning to his life.
Scholar Barb Dean concludes that it is normal to seek answers about what happened and why. If I were to teach Alaska, I would ask: What is the point of death? That is not really much of a lesson plan, though. Why did you sell the movie rights to Paramount rather than a less commercial studio? Inwhen Looking for Alaska first came out, the book was selling a couple hundred copies a week.
And every indication was that my income over time would go down, not up, as it does for almost all books. At the time, I was moving from Chicago to New York in order to follow my fiancee to graduate school, which meant I was about to be unemployed. Then a movie studio came along and offered me what was to me an ungodly, life-changing amount of money in exchange for the movie rights to my book. I did not care and honestly do not care if they ever made a movie.
All I knew was that moving to New York with a fiancee in graduate school was suddenly possible, whereas before it had been impossible. What would you think if Looking for Alaska became a web series rather than a movie?
That would be cool, except I do not own the movie rights to Looking for Alaska. Why was the Looking for Alaska movie shelved?
Alaska is still Alaska and Pudge is still Pudge. Was your intention to make Alaska fall in love with Miles? My intention was for it to be a complicated mess that was totally impossible to parse, just like real romantic interactions between teenagers in high school. And also adults after high school. I think our feelings for each other are really complicated and motivated by an endless interconnected web of desires and fears.
I wanted to reflect that as best I could.
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Alaska is described as beautiful, but is this only because Pudge was the one describing her and he was in love with her? In Catcher in the Rye, for instance, Holden Caulfield shows you over and over again that he is an inveterate liar, but for some reason you still kind of suspect that he is telling you the truth.
In other novels American Psycho comes to mindthe narrator is clearly unreliable. And when you look back at the dead, I think they are inevitably more beautiful. And while some other people—Takumi and Jake for instance—also find her physically attractive, the Weekday Warriors never express much physical attraction to her. Since Pudge misimagined Alaska, do you believe that people who ship them are misimagining her as well?
Stories belong to their readers, and if I did my job, there are a bunch of different good readings of the book. Generally, the book is probably more autobiographical than I usually acknowledge. But it is very much a work of fiction. The facts, I can assure you, were ignored.
What was the catalyst for this novel? In the study of religion, there is this word theodicy, which refers to the question of why a God who is both loving and all powerful would allow there to be such unequal suffering in the world.
In college, when I started to study religion, that was the question that interested me most. So in some ways, that was the catalyst for the novel. It was in the hospital that I started to think about writing a story in which teenagers experience loss and a consuming guilt that cannot be easily assuaged.
I started writing it just a few months after I left the hospital.
Did you write it with a specific audience in mind? From the very beginning, I wrote the book for high-school students. And I thought about how time is usually measured that way: Christians date from before and after the birth of Christ. Muslims date from before and after the hijrah.
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We look back to the most important moment in our history, and that becomes the dividing line between what we were and what we are now. So I wanted to reflect on the way we measure and think of time.
And also, for the characters in Alaska, there is a moment that changes their lives forever, and that redefines their understanding of the world. Listening is a very rare skill, and in these noisy times, it is more and more valuable.
Did you have a teacher like Dr. I feel like I should reward your perseverance with a fuller answer. I had several teachers who inspired me the way Dr. But as a character, he is based on three particular teachers.
In high school, I had a history teacher named Dr. And then in college, my religion professor Donald Rogan and my writing professor P. Kluge both had a lot of Dr. I stole lines from all three teachers, but particularly from Rogan. Miles learns to take religion seriously.