The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Book vs. Movie

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (book)   The Perks of Being a Wallflower (movie)

I watched the movie before I got my hands on the book and I hoped that the novel would not be EXACTLY like the film because I was quite sad about the ending and finding out about Charlie’s aunt (who he apparently loves so much).  I do have to point out that the screen version did a great job taking the words from paper and making it into a live motion picture.  With some exceptions of particular scenes, the movie is a great rendition of Chbosky’s title.  Let’s just say there was a bit of editing involved but, all in all, they were pretty similar to each other.  The actors who were selected to play the characters did a worthy performance—I don’t think other people could have done better.  Each was entertaining to read and see, so if you have the chance, you should do both.  The biggest difference between the two is that in the book, we see how Charlie’s relationship with his siblings really is (there seems to be much anger from his sister in the novel) and there is a huge moment in the story with Charlie’s sister that is not even mentioned in the film.  Even Charlie’s English teacher has more of a role in the book than he does in the movie but as we all know, the written version of a story usually goes more in depth and has much more detail than what is captured on video.  I need to comment that Emma Watson looks fabulous with short hair!  Needless to say, I was happy to watch the DVD and wouldn’t mind seeing it again.  What did you think?

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