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.
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….