The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – 2013 Book #1

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Just finished Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – my first book of 2013. Hoping to read one or two a month but my IMDB Top 250 movie project comes first. 🙂

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower was my favorite movie of last year. I liked it so much that I decided to read the book after seeing the movie (I think I’ve only done this a couple of times – I hate reading a book after seeing the movie). Anyway, I really enjoyed the book as well. It’s SOOO similar to the movie, which is great as movies can often end up so different from and not near as good as the book. Probably helps that the writer of the book wrote the screenplay and directed the movie! They should really let the authors do this more often if this is the result – I felt that the movie was a great adaptation. I’d even say the movie achieved what very few movies adapted from books manage to – it was, in a way, even better than the book. I think this was down to such good performances from the main actors.

Not going to go into some long review of this book as I’m trying to stick more to movie reviews but just had to say I think this is a great example of some of the young adult fiction that seems to be getting better & better these days. But if you’re not that into reading, I do at least recommend the movie as you wouldn’t be missing much from the book.

My Rating: 4/5

Think I’m going to start this one next:

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Went to this movie recently and really liked it – one of my favorites this year. Logan Lerman & Ezra Miller were both very good and I think Emma Watson probably was as well but I was too distracted by the fact that I kept thinking I was watching Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club! When did she turn into her??

Anyway – indie movies – I love them or I hate them. This one got it right. I now want to read the book to get more character development (there’s supposedly a lot more about his family in the book), which I very rarely do – it’s hard to read a book after seeing the movie. I always do it the other way around!

One very trivial thing that annoyed me in this movie, though. As I felt I could really relate to the characters, I figured it was written by someone my age or it took place when I was a teenager. From what I can gather, it did – it’s set in about 1991. So… I was the same age then as the characters in the movie. GREAT characters. The type of people I wanted as friends in 1991 (but didn’t exist in my small hick town). Characters very into music. Like I was (and am still). Characters who, in 1991, don’t know a popular David Bowie song?! Come on! I sure as hell knew David Bowie, I certainly knew “Heroes”, and these characters certainly would have too! Okay, like I said it’s a trivial thing but it annoyed me. Oh, and the music in the movie was okay but quite predictable. “We are a quirky indie movie therefore we must stick a song by The Smiths in there”. 500 Days of Summer beat you to that. Both great movies, though, so I’m not really complaining… 😉

Rating: 8.5/10

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