I have a brilliant thirteen year old step-son who is both immature and mature, he thinks himself of the latter. He looves to write and make movies. He recently read Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, after buying it. My wife let him read it, although I was very skeptical. I love the movie and I want to read the book, and I do not think he should have those visuals in his mind. However, my wife believed he wouldn't have gotten past ten pages before abandoning it. He finished 170 pages in three days, and now has thirty pages left. Since he read most of the book and my wife let him read it, we rented it and watched it. He loved the movie. Now he dresses a LOT like him, wants to read his other books and sometimes will talk like him for five or so minutes. He says that he does not want to "be" Hunter S. Thompson, just that he likes his fashion and he has a "cool and funny speaking behavior." We will not let him buy other Thompson books, and when he came to us asking to buy this combination of the Fear and Loathing bucket hat and sunglasses, we said no. Well, I mostly did, my wife did not care very much, she found it rather funny. I like that he is inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, as he was a great writer and my step-son loooves to write. However, dressing like him and talking like him is bad and I do not want it to happen. He should be himself, not Hunter S. Thompson. I'm fine with the wacky button-ups he buys from Goodwill that he calls "Thompson-esque shirts", but if people saw him and his friends on the streets with bucket hats and aviators, they would think of my wife and I as bad parents. What should I do? Am I being too hard on him, should I let him choose who he wants to dress like?