Sometimes when the stars align, hell freezes over, and we all hold our collective breath at the same time- a book to movie adaptation is just as good as the book. Obviously, this is a rare occurrence, but it IS possible.
Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of those rare occurrences.
The story of teenage Charlie’s adventures were perfectly translated onto the silver screen this past year. I was so nervous for how they would make the movie because the characters and the narration fit together in the novel’s world so perfectly that I didn’t think any adaptation could do it justice. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the movie! I was disappointed that they didn’t play up the whole Charlie being abused thing and they skimmed over some of the other more serious issues, but overall I was pleased. I think it captured the book’s feeling and the character’s heart and quirkiness. The casting was perfect. I also think that it helped that Chbosky, the author, helped adapt the book to a screenplay. I honestly think this should be standard for book to movie translations.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Novel Review) (bibliophilicbookworm.wordpress.com)
- Film: Watch This: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is the best John Hughes movie he never made (avclub.com)
- The Perks Of Being a Wallflower (thejordiherraiz.wordpress.com)