I watched the 2012 film adaptation of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower ages ago, before I even knew it was a book, and was pleasantly surprised when a friend with an extra copy gave me the book. Upon reading it, it surpassed my expectations- which were already high- so much that it quickly became one of my all time favourite books. Stephen Chbosky writes in a way I had never experienced before and the book is honestly one of the most beautiful and inspiring things I have ever came across.
This is going to be a short post because both forms of this work are prefect. The author or the book, Stephen Chbosky, also wrote and directed the film adaptation, which would explain how amazingly true to the original it stays. All of my favourite parts of the book were included in the film, from the party where Sam and Patrick introduce Charlie to the rest of their friends and they all laugh at his insistent need for a milkshake after getting high for the first time, of Charlie letting Patrick kiss him because he was sad and he didn’t know how to fix it and Sam kissing Charlie because she wanted his experience to be better than hers, to the typewriter and all of the late night tunnel drives.
The soundtrack was completely perfect, and I was so thankful for one of my favourite scenes, but a very small part of the movie, to have already been in the book, with Charlie listening to Asleep by the Smiths and pondering existence like someone his age wouldn’t normally.
All of the characters flaws and strengths were all portrayed on screen too, and changes to the ordering of events- the “I swear we were infinite” moment being just as magical in the film as it was in the book, but in the movie acting as a happy ending where it happened very near the start of the story in book form- only made the book’s portrayal as a movie more stunning, and didn’t take away from the story.
The actors within the movie were, in my opinion, very well chosen and played their characters perfectly, a personal favourite being Logan Lerman as Charlie, who was just as spectacular and unique and broken as he was in the book. A great thing about the movie was that the letters that make the book are often read out by Charlie as a voice over, so his narration is incredibly true to the book and the format of both forms, film and book, are almost identical.
Needless to say, I thought both the movie and the book were amazing and heart warming and, though I agree with the idea that the book is always better than the movie here only because writing as beautiful as Chbosky’s couldn’t ever be portrayed on screen completely, would recommend both very, very, very highly.