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October 27, 2012

Weekend Reviews: The book is usually better than the movie


Although the movie will not be out until December, the book is always available, and I highly recommend you all read it. I promise it will change your perspective on a lot of different things in life, which, being a teenager, is always beneficial. 

Another must-see film is the adaptation of the popular novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky. Written in 1999, the book is written as an epistolary, which means it is written in letter-form. In this case, the main character, Charlie, writes the story of his freshman year of high school through letters to an anonymous “friend.”

At the beginning of the story, Charlie is very quiet and prefers to sit and observe what is happening around him instead of being an active participant in his own life. However, this begins to change when he becomes friends with two seniors, Patrick, and his stepsister, Sam. The two take Charlie under their wing and he begins to become more social and experience life for himself instead of being the wallflower all the time, which is not always a good thing.

The film, which is now in theaters, stars Logan Lerman, from films such as “Hoot” and “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” as Charlie, and Emma Watson, most known as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, as Sam.

I read the book a few years back, but in order to write this review, I wanted to make sure I still knew what I was doing. So having just recently re-read the book, I have to mention how distracted I became while reading it. And what I mean by that is, as a new college student, I don’t usually have heaps of time to read anymore. But I made sure to make time to read this book, because you begin to feel compassion and a sort of friendship with Charlie and the other characters, and you truly care about what happens to them.

Before you make the trip to the movie theater in order to see these movies, please do read the books beforehand. It is always interesting to see the differences between the two, and like they say, the book usually is better than the movie anyway.

Maggie McVey, a 2012 graduate of Oneonta High School, is a freshman at the State University College at Plattsburgh. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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