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Film preview: The Perks of Being a Wallflower


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is told in the form of letters written by Charlie to an anonymous person. In these letters Charlie spills out his daily angst and about his teenage life with a real spark in the originality; it is this brutal honesty that draws you into the story. Chbosky has this wonderful way of making Charlie write in a chatty informal way, but also in a wholly intimate fashion.

A modern day Catcher in the Rye, however unlike Holden Caulfield, Charlie asks the question “what’s wrong with me?” rather than blaming everyone else for what is going wrong in his life. His high school English teacher Bill sees something special in him, and with Bill’s support and encouragement not only does he excel in Advanced English Literature, but in the social side of his life too. He meets Patrick and Sam, and as well as Charlie’s relationship with Bill, Chbosky explores these friendships in great detail, and the tremendous effect they have upon Charlie’s life; from being a shy unpopular teenager, to a confident young man.

Chobsky’s debut novel is an honest look into the trials and tribulations an American teenager faces in their life: peer pressure, discovering sexuality, abuse, dating, and suicide.

It is a beautifully written story which I think will transfer wonderfully to the silver screen. Emma Watson is the perfect choice to play the free spirited Sam; she has the skill to portray the eccentric character and all her emotional depth. Ezra Miller has the equally difficult role to undertake- a young American man struggling with his sexuality and Logan Lerman takes the lead role as Charlie.

The movie is due for release on 14th September.

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