The 2004 action-drama film Out of Reach is about a pen pal relationship between a Vietnam veteran and a 13-year-old orphaned girl from Poland.When the letters suddenly stop coming, he heads to Poland to find out the reason.Some penpals eventually arrange to meet face to face; sometimes leading to serious relationships, or even marriage.Penpals come in all ages, nationalities, cultures, languages and interests.Many penpallers like to trade sheets of stickers, notecards and stationery sets.While the expansion of the Internet has reduced the number of traditional penpals, penpal clubs can nowadays be found on the Internet, in magazine columns, newspapers, and sometimes through clubs or special interest groups.
It seems, on the internet, that the term "pen pals" defines those looking to correspond with others that live in a different place, where pen pals originated via postal mail correspondences and has evolved to mean something more.
Penpals also make and pass around friendship books, slams and crams.
Another term used to describe pen pal is the word penfriend.
Other pen pal organizations have survived by embracing the technology of the Internet.
The Australian author Geraldine Brooks wrote a memoir entitled Foreign Correspondence (1997) about her childhood, which was enriched by her exchanges of letters with other children in Australia and overseas and her travels as an adult in search of the people they had become.