The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This book is a little liberal and subversive in being so: the main character Charlie has a teacher who gives him books to read such as Catcher in the Rye, Naked Lunch, etc.  Just saying, if that isn’t your thing it’s probably best not to read it.  However the plotline is viewed in Charlie’s POV, through which we see some serious problems of teens, such as peer pressure, sexual orientation, child abuse, depression, and much more.  Charlie’s thoughts (sent to an anonymous “friend” who’s name isn’t mentioned) bring the mind to a deeper level of thinking, just as The Fault in Our Stars does.  First all these gears are turning due to the different events going on that Charlie is an observer of.  Then his thinking process: he never includes himself into the equation unless it’s definitely about him.  He’s so selfless and thoughtful, hence “wallflower”.  But what’s best is that we can see Charlie’s personality and ideas formulate and change throughout the book.  This book is one of a kind, and one that no matter how many times I read again and again it will never wear out.

The Fault in Our Stars

The book “The Fault in Our Stars” is such a brilliant way of revealing the emotions and struggles of cancer patients to those who don’t know what to do or feel in a confrontation with someone with cancer.  Most people don’t know what to say because they don’t know what the patient is going through or how it must be like.  They’re afraid to offend them in some way.  But the book shows that stuttering like that and keeping quiet only around those people is what’s offensive and saddening.  They don’t constantly need to be reminded of what they suffer from.  It’s obviously going to be different for everyone especially depending on age, but it’s a major step in knowing how to interact with a cancer patient.  The book also just opens the mind to more than is expected.  It’s a challenge emotionally, expanding emotions as well as creating new ones.  There were so many feelings that were hard to place, but they make you look at general things more closely…  It’s difficult to explain, but this book is definitely worth reading for any reason, and you’ll learn more from it than you planned.

The Hobbit

Before anyone watches the movie, it should be understood that Tolkien wrote The Hobbit originally as a children’s book, with plenty of captivating fight scenes and last minute plot twists.  It is a children’s book, and the director did his work centered around this fact.  I was expecting an epic tale, the beginning of the Ring, presented in a serious and majestic way.  But if you don’t want to be disappointed, it’s best to realize that this is meant to be a family movie that can be watched without having too much detail to think about, like LOTR movies.  It’s not meant to be epic like the others.  The perception of the book brought into the movie is excellently done, keeping all the necessary and renown parts in it, making solemn what should be.  The riddles between Bilbo and Golum are just as described in the book.  This is the first time in a movie based off of a book that the director did probably the absolute best that could be done with a scene as tense and brilliant as this.  Even if the rest of the movie were crap, it would be worth it for those five minutes.  Overall, definitely buying it on disc and enjoyed it immensely.

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games movie: plenty of violence, action, drama, and romance for any teen looking for another imaginary world to immerse themselves in.  The beginning is very lengthy for dramatic effect, and it worked.  But in order to do this they had to shorten quite a lot of the rest of it, including the very end.  Suddenly they’ve won the games, they’re on a talk show, and they’ve gone home in less than a minute.  It all felt just rushed after the middle, and I didn’t get a sense of completeness.  Also there are a lot of fans of the books who are unhappy about changes made in the movie.  First they skim over the part about her dying of dehydration that is supposed to last days.  Then Peeta’s leg heals almost completely in one night, when it lasted until it was amputated in the book.  And either Peeta’s leg does not get amputated or Katniss hasn’t discovered it yet.  Either way, the movie feels a lot like any other money-maker: everyone loves the book so they’re going to see the movie(s) whether they liked the first one or not.