The Perks of Being a Wallflower Compare and Contrast

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The Perks of being a Wallflower Compare and Contrast

The book and the movie for The Perks of Being a Wallflower are extremely different, and I believe that the movie is much better than the book. The book is written much differently than the movie. There are lots of scenes that are in the book but not in the movie and that are in the movie not the book. The movie focuses less on the bigger, depressing topics than the book does. The characters in the movie are also much different than they are in the book. Their personalities are very different in the movie than the author described them as in the book.

The movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is directed very differently than how the book is written. The book is written in letters that Charlie writes to a friend. In the book, it’s harder to “get to know” the characters. Charlie describes them very well but it is harder to actually feel like you “know” the characters. Charlie sometimes narrates the movie, but it is also in 3rd person. Because the movie is also in 3rd person, you can “get to know” the characters better. In the movie Charlie also has flashbacks. When he has them he describes himself as “getting bad again”. Because the book was written in 2nd person, Charlie never had flashbacks.

In addition to the book being written differently than the movie, there are many things that were left out of the movie that were in the book. One thing that was in the book but not the movie was when Charlie caught his sister Candace and her boyfriend, Ponytail Derek sleeping together. In the movie they also leave the part out when Charlie drives Candace to get an abortion. Charlie, Sam and Patrick also smoke cigarettes in the book, but they don’t in the movie. One big thing that Charlie did a lot of in the book, but almost none of in the movie was cry. In the book, Charlie cries after he and Sean get in a fight, when Sam kisses him, when he breaks up the fight between Patrick and Brad, and after the dare...
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