The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite teen books—a super dark coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky. The original text follows Charlie, a teen who's more than awkward—he's terrified of life. And that makes sense: His best friend has committed suicide, and Charlie must come to terms with molestation issues in his family.
The trailer, not so much.
In the book, Charlie's story starts when he befriends the untouchably cool Sam (a girl—played by Emma Watson), and her step-brother Patrick. Sam takes Charlie under her wing, but she's got serious problems of her own, which leaves the reader feeling like she's always just out of reach.
Between Sam's accessibility, and the omission of Sam and Charlie's more disturbing emotional issues, the trailer makes The Perks of Being a Wallflower seem like just another Nerds Vs. Jocks movie, and that's disappointing.
Here at SparkLife, we love Logan Lerman, adore Emma Watson, and want this Chbosky guy to be our writing mentor. But the trailer underwhelms. We just hope they're saving all the gritty stuff for the actual movie, which comes out September 14.
What do you think of the trailer??