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October 8, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Comes to Life on the Big Screen

by Mariah Schaefer

Ever since The Perks of Being a Wallflower’s publication in 1999, the book has become a great sensation worldwide. It has had over a million copies sold. As of this week, the book is ranked number one in the New York Times list of children’s paperback best sellers. Now, thirteen years after Stephen Chbosky introduced the story to the public, The Perks of Being a Wallflower joins many other bestsellers adapted into film.

Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky himself, the movie stars some of today’s most talented young actors. The main character Charlie is played by Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). His two best friends, Sam and Patrick, are played by Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin).

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a high school freshman named Charlie whose best friend committed suicide in eighth grade. Feeling alone, Charlie decides to turn his life around in high school. He is very scared and decides to write letters to a person whom he has overheard someone talking about. The letters become some sort of a diary to him. At first, he doesn’t have any friends and goes about life unnoticed. That all changes when he meets Patrick, a senior with a very interesting personality. He and his stepsister Sam, also a senior, think Charlie is cool and end up introducing him to their group of friends. Throughout the school year, they go through many things together, and Charlie finally feels like he belongs somewhere.

The movie is very accurate compared to the book, but it focuses more on Charlie’s life with his friends over his life with his family. It does a very good job in making the overall story of The Perks of Being a Wallflower come to life. The drama is rated PG-13, and it’s an hour and forty-three minutes long.

Unfortunately, The Perks of Being a Wallflower isn’t playing in Champaign right now. The movie is only available in select cities, but it continues to expand its availability throughout the month. Check out its official website for theater locations. I highly recommend this movie to people that enjoy coming-of-age stories and to those who read the book, too.

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