The Book vs the Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower


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Book written by Stephen Chbosky, 1999

Movie directed by Stephen Chbosky, 2012

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: The writing style, more information, more controversy (what can I say, I love stuff like this).

Things the Movie Did Better: The cast and acting was awesome. I also loved getting to see the settings. I especially love Emma Watson and her performance. I also liked the romance part better in this one.

Verdict?: Both.

Why?: I’ve tried to choose between the two, but I can’t. I loved both. Perhaps having the writer also direct the movie has something to do with it?

Should the movie be re-made?: No way.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!



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