Yesterday, I finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I liked it a lot. Certainly more than I was expecting to, and in fact, the more I think about it, the more I liked it.
And so, since the film is coming out this year (I’ll admit that the upcoming film partially inspired me to buy the book a few days ago), I figured I’d create something of a wishlist for what I’d like to appear in the film that’s in the book.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cult musical, is referenced several times throughout the novel, complete with descriptions of how character’s go to movie theaters to see the film and act it out, complete with Patrick (Ezra Miller) playing the infamous Frank ‘N’ Furter. It’s not a major plot point or anything (in fact, I doubt much on this list will be, it’s mainly the little things I’d like to see, since the little things tend to get lost in the translation from book to film) but it’s just something I’d like to see.
The fight in the cafetria
In the later section of the novel, there is a fight between Patrick and a handful of other characters (for reasons I won’t delve into here). Something like this would be good to include because it’s one of the perhaps ‘grittier’ (for want of a better term) sections of the novel, and those kind of things would be well served to be in here so the film doesn’t lose any of punch that the book had.
The lights downtown and the pickup truck
From the looks of the trailer, they kept this, which is good, because it was one of the bits of the novel that I liked the most. It is, unfortunately, a difficult one to describe here. Essentially, when Charlie (Logan Lerman), Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick are out driving in Sam’s pickup truck, they go through a tunnel to go downtown, a sea of tall buildings and bright lights. And then of course, as in the trailer, Sam stands up on the back of the pickup truck and screams. It’s hard to describe exactly why I enjoyed this moment in the book, especially as it seems so insignificant in the scheme of it all, but it seems like it could be quite well done, and simply put, I’d like to see it in the movie.
It’s not a spoiler to say that, since Sam and Patrick are seniors, that they’ll graduate near the end of the movie (as in the novel). And the graduation gifts that Charlie gets them, along with the little notes in them, were actually quite excellent, and the section was well done in the book, and if well done in the film, has the potential to be quite moving. But I won’t say what the presents are of course.
The one thing from the novel I don’t want in the film is the epilogue. It’s not exactly a bad epilogue, I just feel like, as in the novel, it distracts from the impact of the end of the narrative, especially when the end is so good.
And on that note, my film adaptation wishlist for The Perks of Being a Wallflower will now draw to a close.