Sometimes it’s hard for me to decide on just one book for these 30-Day Book Challenge prompts, but today’s is a no-brainer. I pretty much never like a movie better than the book it was based on. Most of the Harry Potter films make me really angry, Percy Jackson was just okay, and The Book Thief, while good, could not live up to the spectacularity of the book. The only movie I’ve actually liked as much or better than its book counterpart is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
It’s hard for me to express how much I love this movie. I have mentioned before that I’m averse to absolutes, but it is my absolute favorite movie. The acting is genuine, funny, and touching. Logan Lerman is perfect as Charlie. He’s cute enough to make you wish you were Sam, but awkward enough to make you feel sorry for him. Ezra Miller became my new favorite person after watching his hilarious but heart-wrenching portrayal of Patrick, and I gained a lot of respect for Emma Watson and her acting abilities (but not her fake American accent).
Perhaps the reason I love the film is because it was written and directed by the same man who actually wrote the book, Stephen Chbosky. In any case, the movie perfectly captured the essence of the book while still working wonderfully in visual form. There is a perfect balance of humor and drama, and the cinematography is beautiful. Sure, most of the characters have almost too many issues and there are parts of the film that are painful to watch. But I feel the same way about this film as I do with my favorite books: no matter how many times I watch it, I am always left feeling like I just hung out with some old friends, and I am better for it.
Is there anyone out there who loves The Perks of Being a Wallflower as much as I do? If you’ve never read the book or seen the movie, check out the trailer below: