My Thoughts On… The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Charlie, an introverted teenager, is starting high school, and is taken under the wing of a two students.

What I Liked

  • I read the book what feels like an age ago, at the end of 2011. I have been waiting to see the film ever since, and I was annoyed that I missed it at the cinema! So I was really pleased to finally watch, and I was really impressed with it as an adaptation of a really good book. It didn’t take too many liberties, and yet neither did it stick rigidly to the events in the book.
  • The main performances were all very strong, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, in particular. It’s safe to say that Emma Watson has left behind Hermione Granger with her portrayal of Sam.
  • The supporting performances were also enjoyable; Paul Rudd, Mae Whitman (who I adore), Dylan McDermott and Joan Cusack were all particularly enjoyable.
  • Dylan McDermott is very attractive.

What I Didn’t Like

  • A bit nit-picky maybe, but the scene in which the doctor tells Charlie’s parents about his aunt’s abuse takes place in the corridor of the hospital. This would literally never happen.
  • The trio hear a song on the radio that becomes known as the ‘tunnel song’, because they don’t know what it is called. It seems a tad unlikely that none of them, bearing in mind how into music they are, would recognise that it was a Bowie song, even if they didn’t know the name. I know that in this day and age, all you have to do is hear a line of a song and you can Google it (or even use an app to identify it straightaway). But I really do feel that they should have been able to recognise Bowie’s voice.
  • There was not enough Kate Walsh or Nina Dobrev, both of whom I like (for differing reasons).

5 Comments on My Thoughts On… The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  1. Janet
    June 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I adore the book but was underwhelmed (at best) by the film. So much that is brilliant about the book was lost, I felt.

    • Janey
      June 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh no, it’s always disappointing when a favourite book doesn’t live up to your expectations with the adaptation. If that happens to me I just go back and read the book again!

  2. shazzarob
    June 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I didn’t read the book but i did enjoy the film.The tunnel part was a fave of mine but i see what you mean about them not knowing David Bowie.

    • Janey
      June 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

      You should read the book if you get the chance! It’s so well written!


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