Posted by: tlnemethy | October 15, 2012

Perks

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” I don’t normally do this type of thing, with the whole movie review or critique or blatant devotion kinda thing. It’s not really my style. But every once in a blue moon this type of thing just grabs hold of my soul and I just can’t scratch it out. Today’s Monday, and a few days ago I saw Perks of Being a Wallflower. I went into it blindly, I mean without any reference to what it’d be like besides the fact that it was a book that I never got around to reading.

The characters are the people I went to school with, my friends and my enemies, my parents and my relatives. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know them specifically or that I was just allowed a brief glimpse into Charlie’s freshmen year. But I lived the essence of that movie with every hour that I spent in school, with every awkward moment that I felt alone or lost in my own muddled thoughts.

Some could say that the numerous instances in the film that deal with abuse, addiction, promiscuity, homosexuality, bullying or depression are just being a tad melodramatic about the whole youthful angst aspect to coming of age. They aren’t. The film wasn’t depressing in all these occurrences because not a single character avoids talking about them or confronting them at some point. We see in these characters the hope for solving our own problems, we see that we aren’t going to be left behind or forgotten, we see that we aren’t alone.

I bought the book and read it in a single day. Never have I ever felt like a movie is greater than the book, never even that they are on the same level. Perks changed everything I could have ever thought about adaptations. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming of age novel that I wish I had read in middle school when I first came across its bright cover with legs in the top corner. It was intriguing in its simplicity and organization into fragmented letters. You could feel the raw emotion, anguish and fear. But we all have our burdens to bear and in learning to lean on others and let them in will always be a way to ease our loneliness and always move forward.

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”


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