The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower  
Perksofbeingwallflower1.jpg
Author(s)Stephen Chbosky
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Young adult novel/Epistolatory novel
PublisherMTV Books/Pocket Books
Publication dateFebruary 1, 1999
Media typePrint (Paperback) and Audiobook
Pages256 pp (first edition paperback)
224 pp (regular edition paperback)
ISBN0-671-02734-4
OCLC Number40813072
Dewey Decimal813/.54 21
LC ClassificationPS3553.H3469 P47 1999
 
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower  
Perksofbeingwallflower1.jpg
Author(s)Stephen Chbosky
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Young adult novel/Epistolatory novel
PublisherMTV Books/Pocket Books
Publication dateFebruary 1, 1999
Media typePrint (Paperback) and Audiobook
Pages256 pp (first edition paperback)
224 pp (regular edition paperback)
ISBN0-671-02734-4
OCLC Number40813072
Dewey Decimal813/.54 21
LC ClassificationPS3553.H3469 P47 1999

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an epistolary novel written by American novelist Stephen Chbosky.[1] It was published on February 1, 1999 by MTV. The story is narrated by a teenager who goes by the alias of "Charlie"; he describes various scenes in his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person, whom he does not know personally.[2] The book was made into a film in 2012, starring Logan Lerman, and directed by the author.

The story explores topics such as introversion and the awkward times of adolescence

The story takes place in a suburb of Pittsburgh during the early 1990s, when Charlie is a high school freshman. Charlie is the eponymous wallflower of the novel. He is an unconventional thinker, and as the story begins he is shy and unpopular.


Contents

Plot summary

"Charlie" is the alias of the adolescent narrator of the novel, who is about to begin his first year of high school. The novel is presented through letters that Charlie writes to an anonymous friend, whom he hears girls at school talk about fondly. Charlie begins his freshman year apprehensive due to the death of his only good friend Michael, who committed suicide several months before. He does not feel that he can lean on his parents or older siblings for support, because they never truly understand him. He also explains that the only relative that he ever felt close to was his Aunt Helen, but she was killed in a car accident on his seventh birthday. Charlie soon makes friends with two seniors, Sam, and her step-brother Patrick. Throughout the story, Sam, Patrick, and Charlie's English teacher Bill introduce him to many new experiences and the letters he writes show his growth.

Bill gives Charlie many books to read, such as On the Road and Peter Pan, which influence the way he thinks greatly.

Charlie's lists

Literature

In the novel, Charlie's teacher, Bill, assigns him various books to read. Charlie describes them all as his favorites.

The book also references a book of poems by E. E. Cummings, The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts, a book by Anne Rice, and an autobiography of a woman who was a character in Reds, most likely Emma Goldman. The poem "Absolutely Nothing" by Osoanon Nimuss is also mentioned.

Film and television

The novel references these films:

The novel references these television shows:

Music

The novel references these songs:

Other music groups and artists are also mentioned without reference to a specific song, including Village People, Blondie, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, The Slits, and Billie Holiday.

Film adaptation

The production company Mr. Mudd developed the film adaptation of the novel, and Summit Entertainment distributed the film. Mr. Mudd's producers, John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon, and Russell Smith, hired the novel's author Stephen Chbosky, to write an adapted screenplay and to direct the film. It was shot in Peters Township, Pennsylvania. The production starred Logan Lerman (Charlie), Nina Dobrev (Candace), Ezra Miller (Patrick), and Emma Watson (Sam).[3]

References

  1. ^ Marty Beckerman. "An Interview with Stephen Chbosky" (in English). Word Riot. Word Riot. http://www.wordriot.org/template.php?ID=552. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Perks of Being a Wallflower:Synopses & Reviews". Powell's City of Books. Powells.com. http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780671027346-29. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Kristy Puchko (24). "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Lands Release Date" (in English). Cinema Blend. Cinema Blend LLC. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Perks-Being-Wallflower-Lands-Release-Date-31096.html. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 

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