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Page vs. Screen: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Camille Summers and Mary Grace Samp


In the book you see it from his point of view, and is really based off of his letters. You hear his thoughts rather than just watch him go through the motions of life. 


If you’ve read any of the other Newspaper articles in the past, you know that Mary Grace has a love for books, and Camille has a love for movies. Lots of discussions, reviews, recommendations, etc. One of the biggest debates is the book v.s. the movie. Now, whether you believe you should read to book or see the movie first, Mary Grace and Camille talk about the differences within the literature and the film. Mary Grace, being able to read books at lightning speed, read Perks of Being a Wallflower. Camille, being the movie fanatic, watched the movie. Mary Grace and Camille discuss the plotline, actors, and tone of the books and movies. 

 
Camille: I think all in all it was just a weird movie.

Mary Grace: The book starts with him in the guidance counselor’s office screaming and crying because his friend committed suicide. 

C: In the movie it starts with him writing a letter, which, as the audience, you’re not really sure what for, and then is called down for dinner with his family. We don’t find out that his friend killed himself until later in the movie. You see that something is off but you're not sure what it is. 

MG: It was a really weird book. There was a lot going on in the plot. 

C: I know! There was drugs, sex, suicide, hospitalization, sexual assualt, verbal assualt all in the same movie. 

MG: Right. In the book you see it from his point of view, and is really based off of his letters. You hear his thoughts rather than just watch him go through the motions of life. 

C: Yeah. That’s so true. The letters were only partly involved in the movie. You would hear him read them as a transition, but that was pretty much it. You knew he was writing letters, but you didn’t know to whom until later on. 

MG: It’s also really weird that he was a freshman. 

C: Right. Doing like LSD. 

MG: It’s so weird to think about. Here (at Lovett), that’s not the case. At all. 

C: Especially since he’s a freshman hanging out with seniors, so then you think about what is going to happen next year. Is this whole situation going to happen all over again?

MG: Right! Because he doesn’t have any other friends. All his new friends are going off to college. Also, in the book, he just wallows in sadness. It seems that in the movie he was much more outgoing. 

C: He was kinda open-minded in the movie. He was looking to make friends. But it was just kinda sad. I got bored a couple of times and started going on my phone. I definitely would’ve picked a different movie if I had the choice. 

MG: Yeah, it was strange. 

C: Also, I don’t know why Emma Watson did that movie. 

MG: Right! When I read it, I did not picture her as Sam. At all. The problem is that since she was Hermione in
Harry Potter, that’s all I see her as. 

C: Yeah. It was weird. She was also newly Belle in Beauty and the Beast, so now, I’m just like why did she do that role. 

MG: Charlie was very much who I pictured him as though. 

C: He seemed like he fit the role. Patrick also seemed like he fit the role. I didn’t like Nina Dobrev as the sister. It felt off. I wanted her to be more goody-two-shoes and more involved, but she wasn’t. 

MG: In the book, she was very present; she’s around a lot more. His family is very present in the book. 

C: Oh, not so much in the movie,

MG: One of the main scenes was his sister being hit by her boyfriend. 

C: When Ponytail Derek hit her, it didn’t seem like that much of an important scene. You were taken aback by a second and you see Charlie barge into the room, but it’s kinda forgotten through the movie. I guess it’s to tie in the “Love” quote from the movie. The "why do good people date mean people," and the response is “It’s the love they think they deserve”. Which was intense. 

MG: It was really deep. 

C: I feel like in some parts they really captured high school and in other parts…

MG: It was the whole opposite. Another scene that was a huge part of the book is the tunnel scene. I think that the songs that were playing were different between the book and movie. It was a really sad song that was played in the book, but…

C: It was kinda an upbeat song. Maybe not upbeat, but there was definitely a rhythm to it. 

MG: I think it was a David Bowie song. 

C: It was weird. Definitely not one of my favorite movies. I wouldn’t rewatch it. 

MG: I don’t know if I would reread it. I feel like you would notice different things every time you read it. I think that there was one more scene that was different. The Christmas Party scene. Charlie gave Patrick a poem, a really long poem. The poem dealt with suicide and was really heart-wrenching. You might want to go read it just because it is an interesting part of the story. 

C: Yeah. I’ll have to read it. They showed the Christmas scene, but they didn’t really go that in-depth into it. It seemed like the scene was just to show that he created these friends, and then was a set-up for him to get the typewriter from Sam. 

MG: It may not be that strange of a movie to people outside of Lovett. I don’t know, I don’t go “to outside of Lovett”. 

C: Right. They did a good job of capturing the romance and drama of high school. I don’t personally enjoy watching high school-based movies, unless they’re comedies. Like Mean Girls. But besides that, I don’t want to watch them; I literally live it. I don’t need to see it on TV., especially since most of the time they get it wrong and it isn’t that relatable.

M: I’d rate it probably a 3.5 out of 5 star. 

C: I’d rate it probably a 3 out of 5 star.
 
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