21 Years of Being A Wallflower

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” – Good Reads

On February 1, 1999, the world was given the opportunity to know Charlie Kelmeckis. Suffering from PTSD, Charlie’s parents felt it best for him to go into an institution for the summer after his best friend committed suicide. Upon his release, however, he had to embark on his new challenge. High school!

 

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to grow up in the confines of four walls of terror, better known as high school. Instead of writing in a diary, Charlie writes letters that are unique to his personality. As the reader, we aren’t given much on who Charlie is. We gain a better understanding of the world he is apart of. A world which includes first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends, and as the blurb states, “sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

 

 

Thirteen years later, Chboksy turned his masterpiece into a film with the production team composed of Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, and John Malkovich. All the characters in Chbosky’s work are both complex and convincing. The adaptation made sure to not make the shot in a crisp high definition to ensure that the world looked a little blurry to imitate the view of the teenagers who are not always true to who they are.

 

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Although Charlie is a wallflower, he can go through life outside of the past and is able to provide sanctum to those around him. As a sanctum myself, Charlie becomes easy to relate to as he is able to drill through the falsities and understand people for what is underneath the crud.

 

 

Chbosky strives to empower teenagers to show them that there is more to life than the teenage stereotype that we have all come to know. The things that may be silly to us, are very important to these teenagers by making up who they will become.

 

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