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Movie Mention: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

18 Oct

Well—I was FINALLY able to see this wonderful movie, even though I had to drive 40 minutes to find a theatre that was playing it here in Kansas. (I swear these things don’t normally happen in the Midwest—contrary to popular belief, we do have a lot to do for entertainment.)

And for those of you who have been following me for a while, you know how much I loved the book, so I was really worried that the movie wouldn’t be as good since a lot of movie adaptations aren’t. However, the movie was brilliant! Thanks to Stephen Chbosky, the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, also being the author of the screenplay, and the director of this film, I think this movie depicted his work magnificently. (Although I still think the book is much better emotionally.)

Emma Watson, although fantastic, wasn’t how I pictured the character, Sam, but I do think she did a great job making Sam her own. Also, for those who have read the novel, the big surprise at the end of the book of course cannot be shown on the big screen, but Chbosky found a unique way to transition such a traumatic topic to the movie screen without making the audience uncomfortable.

So—if you love the novel, but you were avoiding this movie, because you were afraid of it ruining the book, don’t!

Go watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie, and whether you read the novel or not, this coming-of-age tale is for all ages, and will keep you feeling infinite afterwards.

Watch the trailer here.

Read what I had to say about the book here.

Check out the novel via Barnes & Noble here.

~SAT

 

 

 

Relax & Read: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

28 Sep

I’m really excited to be recommending this truly touching novel as my first book recommendation. I’m a HUGE advocate of reading a novel BEFORE the movie adaptation, so I’m here to discuss the epistolary novel (which is a fancy way of saying it’s written in letter-format) and not the movie that’s released in one week everywhere. (Sometimes, I truly wished I lived in LA so I could go to these pre-screenings).

Before I ramble on forever—The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite books. One of my reading friends (everyone needs those!) suggested it to me. I was skeptical at first, because the coming-of-age tale didn’t exactly excite me at the time (I had just gone to college, so I liked to lie to myself that I was beyond that), but I read it anyway, and I’m so thankful I did.

From the first page, I couldn’t put it down.

Stephen Chbosky is deeply talented, writing with a personal prose that intimately attaches everyone to the protagonist, Charlie—an observant young man who is conflicted about the rapidly changing world around him. I was entirely submerged in Charlie’s world of emotional questioning, and I tied myself to him as if he was genuinely my best friend.

Charlie is the magic of this novel—you will love him, cry for him, laugh with him, and feel as if every letter was indirectly written for you. “We are who we are for a lot of reasons…” and this uplifting tale delicately describes those reasons.

Throughout the novel, and even after finishing the novel, the reader will probably feel…infinite.

What are you waiting for? Happy reading!

~SAT

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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