Novel Vs. The Film – Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Hello guys, I hope all is well with you! And your reading is plentiful.

I thought I would start a new series on my blog about books and films and their comparisons. I am one of those people that believes the books are always better. Sometimes though, there are exceptions to the rule. Hence my first blog in this series being Perks Of Being A Wallflower. 



Synopsis (As is on Amazon): 

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. Now a major motion picture starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.

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 Charlie 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.

So let’s start the comparison:

Setting: The setting of the film is mainly the high school with a strong reference to Charlie being a freshman in high school. Both the opening scene and the beginning of the book are very similar in this way. The way they differed would be the introduction of the family home. They seemed to have past and present coexisting in the film where the book seems a little more linear. I love how scenic the film is though, I feel like throughout the film it’s like a sepia toned photograph. 

Characters: So for me the characters were more or less the same in the book as in the film. Although, I didn’t think Emma Watson looked like what I had imagined Sam would look like in the book. For me, Patrick came across a lot better in the film than in the book, I think the actor Ezra Miller is very underrated as an actor. He did amazingly in this film capturing the hardships of being in high school and being gay. Charlie for me was the biggest difference. In the book, I get a sense of naivety and pureness that doesn’t come across in the film. To me, I assumed that Charlie may be on the autistic spectrum in some way. In the film, Logan Lerman was good, but I think he could have done more with Charlie. If I did not read the book, I would assume Charlie was just shy. There doesn’t seem to be any depth in his character on film. 

Plot Events: This part is pretty easy to be honest as the director of the film is the writer of the book Stephen Chobsky, the plot events are pretty much the same. Only difference was one that annoyed me because it was a big part of the book I enjoyed. This is the part when Charlie’s teacher gives him books to read. In the film, this is indicated by the fact that Charlie adds more books on his bookshelf. In the book, he has conversations with his teacher about the books his gives him. This happens maybe once in the film? It just doesn’t make sense to me not to have this in the film. To me it was integral to Charlie’s character. As he mentions he takes a pieces of everyone he reads and they shape him as a person.

Resolution: All in all the book and the film are greatly alike. As mentioned earlier it does help that the writer, directed the film himself. I think more authors should do this. It will ensure that the book story is told in its most authentic form. I liked the film and I also liked the book, there isn’t much else to say. It was a recommendation from a friend to read the book and watch the film. I trust her judgement and it was good to have comparisons.

I loved doing this comparison! I will definitely do more…and maybe a few that are quite controversial. Like Harry Potter! Haha. 

Until next time….

 

May Wrap Up and June TBR – I am back!!

Well hello every, how is everyone doing? Happy June!! Can you believe it’s June already? Where did the time go? So I am sure you have noticed that my blog has been a little quiet in the month of May.

I want to start by saying that obviously it was not my intention. I absolutely love writing and reviewing books and talking about all things bookish! I am an anxiety sufferer or what my doctor likes to call a ‘high functioning’ anxiety sufferer. It just means that I can get on with my day to day stuff. However, at the beginning of May, for me things seemed to get harder and harder to handle. The first thing I did was see a doctor who advised me to take some time off work and relax for a little. I cannot stress this enough, if you are suffering please do not suffer in silence.  If I had just spoken with someone maybe I wouldn’t have had the issues I had. I feel it is important to speak out about these things in order to help each other out.

Anyway, after my little break, normal service is resumed.  So in the month of May I finished one book from April and started and finished three others. So essentially I finished four books.  They were:

  • Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda – Becky ALbertalli
  • The Upside OF Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
  • The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After – Jenny Colgan
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky

First of all, I absolutely adored both of Albertalli’s books. They were funny, relevant, relatable and life affirming. Although they were easy reads, they did have a strong message of tolerance and acceptance. She sets up worlds where everyone is accepted for who they are regardless of colour or orientation. If not, there is a lesson where it teaches you about tolerance. I think everyone should read them. I understand that YA aren’t to everyone’s tastes but sometimes books transcend their categories because they are that powerful! All in all, I just wanted to be friends with Molly (Upside) and Simon (Simon Vs.). I felt like I could relate to them on so many levels. Simon Vs. is actually been turned into a TV show which I am so excited about. I just hope they do the book justice.

I have a type of story that I love reading again and again regardless of how similar each story is. The story is about a girl who loves books so much, works in a library and/ or bookshop. I have read so many books like this and I never get tired of them. The Shop OF Happily Ever After is no exception. Regardless, I loved it!! I fell in love with Nina and afterwards Lennox, I loved how bookish she is and the scenery in this book was spectacular. It made me want to go and live in Scotland! Jenny Colgan is great at writing such cute and immersive stories. If you like books like this, I would also recommend The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris .

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky was a recommendation my friend gave me. I tried reading this in the middle of May and I felt Charlie – the main character – read a little too young for me so I just put it to the side and started reading Jenny Colgan’s book.  When I told my friend, she said to persevere and I will make more sense of it as I read on. Boy was she right. This book took my heart, ripped it in half and then stomped on it with Doc Martens repeatedly, so yeah thanks for the recommendation! Haha! It’s about a boy growing up and learning about life’s up and downs. The good thing about this book is that it is open to interpretation. I feel like if there were more people like Charlie in this world, it would be a happier more loving place.

So these are my books that I have read in the month of May. Now on to my June TBR (To Be Read) pile. This pile is an ambitious one because I am not the fastest reader and I can barely read three books a month let alone the four I have on this list!

TBR:

  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (For the first time ever, I know! Shocking!)
  • Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Queen)
  • A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas (I need to start this soon!!!)
  • Waking Lands by Callie Bates (Advanced Reader Copy – Thank you Hodder and Stoughton)

So this is my list and I hope to finish these in the month of June! I will also have spoiler free reviews of the books I finished in the month of May if you are interested in reading any of them.

So until next time, keep reading!!

Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Book and Film adaptation, a comparison. 

Good evening all! Hope you’re all doing well and you enjoyed your bank holiday weekend like I did! Granted, I didn’t get much reading done but I did get lots of relaxing done! 

One of the things I did do was watch lots of films during my time off. One of them was Lady Chatterly’s Lover. I watched this out of pure curiosity since I love this book so much. The book was written by DH Lawrence

The book was quite salacious for its time and was even banned. That’s one of the reasons why I love it. I read it after reading 50 Shades Of Grey. I was in dire need to read actual literature after that! Haha. This is just what I did. It was such a good book. Not only because it was saucy. I also liked the subtext of the mining problems of the time and industrialisation as they occurred. Also there were some slight nods to Marxism in the book. 

Now we all know the old adage, the book is better than the film but what if the film captures something the book couldn’t? For me this was the case for Lady Chatterly. In the book, I didn’t like her much. She didn’t seem nice and came across as quite selfish and subdued (obviously this may not be the case. This is only how I perceived it.). Connie was played by Holliday Grainger. She captured her beautifully. It actually made me feel for her and the situation she’s in during the film. I think it helps that this is a BBC adaptation and there is no one that can do classic adaptations better than the BBC (Obviously opinions may vary. These are just my own.) 

Oliver Mellors was played by the actor Richard Madden, of Rob Stark (Game Of Thrones) fame. He played Mellors well too. I actually believed in the chemistry that Grainger and Madden had. 

Although it’s always going to be the case for me, the book was better than the film. The film though, came pretty close! The only other time this has happened to me was the Hunger Games Series. Again, this was a good adaptation. 

The book always wins! 

This is short and sweet but I wanted to get a conversation going about book adaptations!