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FC: the perks of being a wallflower | stephen chebosky

1: Created By: Maggie Crosby Ms. Pearce/ English 4 May 20, 2014

2: Character Similarities: | Charlie: | Patrick: | Chbosky writes Charlie as a young boy who just wants to please people. He does not confront his feelings; allowing his problems to swell deep down in him. Charlie loves to read and write. The movie did a good job at defining Charlie's depression. It does not come out and say depression but | it shows his struggles and visions. The way people act around Charlie also explains this disease. Charlie loves books and literature in both the book and the movie. They do a good job of showing Charlie's infatuation with Sam. | The actor does a great job of portraying Patrick. He is a fun-loving, charismatic person. The character Patrick is very approachable. | Charlie being a quiet person felt comfortable going to talk to him at the football game. The character, Patrick, does not care about what people think, in the beginning. By the end he feels betrayed and numb without Brad.

3: Character Differences: | Charlie: | Patrick: | The movie does not feature all of Charlie' experimenting with drugs and alcohol. When they do feature it they do a good job of making the viewer feel as if they are Charlie in this situation. Most of the things in this film that changed were minor things. Such | as Charlie not telling Bill about his sister being hit. One big difference from the movie was that they lead the viewer to believe that Charlie tries commit suicide. In the book, Charlie gets blacks out and wakes up in the mental hospital where the doctors tell him that he passed out in the snow, naked. | There really are not many differences about the Patrick in the book and Ezra Miller's pretrial of Patrick. Any changes to the character was maybe the minor fact that some of the things in the fight scene , between Patrick and Brad, were changes.

4: Character Similarities: | Book Sam: | Movie Sam: | Aunt Helen: | \ | The Sam in the movie is pretty much the same as the Sam in the book. | The Sam in the movie is pretty much the same as the Sam in the book. | The Sam in the movie is pretty much the same as the Sam in the book. | "We accept the love we think we deserve." | Emma Watson does a great job of portraying Sam. It was pretty much spot on when compared to the book. When she is on screen the view can feel what you feel when you read about her in the book. | In essence she is like Patrick in how she numbs her feelings towards boys, by acting not as smart when in reality she is very smart. | The viewer does not see much of Aunt Helen, only in Charlie's flashbacks. You see that she was mistreated by men, that she was Charlie's favorite person and that she died. The viewer is able to feel that Aunt Helen was close to Charlie by how the director put her standing down at young Charlie's level. As well as the looks on Charlie's face when he sees her. The actress does a good job at acting broken and sad like she is in the book.

5: Character Differences: | Sam: | Book Aunt Helen: | Movie Aunt Helen: | "My Aunt Helen was my favorite person in the world" (Chbosky 5). | The director makes it look as if Aunt Helen hurt Charlie in some way. It was either sexually, mentally or physically. I never felt this while reading the book. | They had a parts in the movie that could have suggested that Aunt Helen was harming Charlie by touching his leg because he kept having flashbacks to that dream when Sam had her hand on his leg near the end of the movie. | It seemed to me that Aunt Helen was always nice to Charlie. It actually surprised me when this conclusion popped up in the movie. | There are not many differences in the book Sam and the movie Sam. If anything she kind of backs of the whole smoking, drugs, sex and alcohol. The main thing that I noticed that was different from the book was how much Sam liked Charlie. The viewer sees all these small looks and glances toward Charlie.

6: Plot | The plot between the book and the movie were basically the same. I feel that has a lot to do with the author, Stephen Chbosky, was the screenwriter and the director. When this happens there is no disconnect between the director's vision and the author's original vision, because they are the same person. | This book is made up of letters written by the books narrator, Charlie. After the death of his friend in the 8th grade Charlie has been a little unstable. Going into high school without any friends can be hard, until Charlie meets two seniors, Sam and Patrick. They befriend Charlie introducing him to things that he has never come in contact with. Such as homosexuality, sex, drugs and alcohol.

7: Conflict: | ~ Charlie's internal battle. ~ Sam's struggle with men. ~ The temptations to do drugs, drink alcohol and have sex. ~ Patrick's struggle with Brad's comfort with being gay. ~ Charlie does not know how to stick up for what he wants. He just wants to make everyone else happy. ~ Aunt Helen's death

8: Theme: | Two major themes that transfer from the book to the movie is friendship and passivity. Charlie feels so alone ever since his friend died. He fears the worst for high school and not having a friend to accompany him through that journey. So when he finds friendship in Sam and Patrick he lives it all up. | Charlie is the all time character of passivity. He always puts others ahead of what he wants. One way he does this is by staying with Mary Elizabeth when he really doesn't want to. Also when he lets Patrick kiss him.

9: Setting: | The setting in the book is much like the setting in the movie. When they are in a musky basement, the view is able to see and feel as if they are in the room with the actors. The only thing that I noticed about the setting was how they would have the same event happen but maybe in a different place than in the book. There was also a part where I always pictured them in the basement by themselves but in the movie they would be at a party type place.

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