5 Reasons Why ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Is One Of My Favourite Film

5 Reasons Why ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Is One Of My Favourite Film

The Perks Of Being Wallflower is a movie based on the coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky which, was released September 2012. The film was directed by the novels author and it’s a beautiful mix of comedy, drama and romance. I can’t explain how much I love this film, from the begging to the end it accurately shows what it’s like to be a teenager in school and the pressures you face to fit in and belong.

1) It’s Relatable

Even though the film is set in the early 1990s, teenagers in today’s generation can relate to the movie because the problems that they face in the movie are ones that occur today. Serious issues like sexual abuse, suicide, substance abuse and homophobia are shown in the film and these things could happen or have happened to people like you and me. It’s important we discuss these issues like sexual abuse and see it from a male’s point of view.

2) The Amazing Characters 

Sam, Charlie and Patrick are the greatest trio of best friends. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller play the roles of their characters amazingly and Logan even kept himself isolated for 2 weeks so he could get into the character of Charlie accurately. Charlie is a sensitive 15-year old who doesn’t have any friends after his best friend committed suicide in middle school and you can see the great bond he has with Sam and Patrick and the rest of the gang.

3) The Living Room Routine

During the school dance, Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners plays and Sam and Patrick begin to perform their ‘Living Room routine’ on the middle of the dance floor. This is one of the greatest scenes in the movie and you can see how Sam and Patrick couldn’t care less about what the rest of the students think about it.

4) The Great Songs

The soundtrack of this movie has some great songs and it was the first time I heard a song by The Smiths, who are my favourite band. Their track ‘Asleep’ is Charlie’s favourite song in the movie and also one of my favourite songs by the band. Other great tunes include Low by Cracker and of course the tunnel song, which is Heroes by David Bowie. 

5) The Quotes

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower contains some amazing quotes that inspire and target the teenage audience and, like most people, my favourite quote in the whole movie is in Charlie’s last monologue:

“Because I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. I know these will all be stories some day, and our pictures will become old photographs. We all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening. I am here, and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song, and that drive with the people who you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

No words can explain how much I love the last line “And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite”. This quote could mean a lot of different things for different people but for me It means being at peace with yourself and forgetting about all the pain and heartache you’ve been though in the past and living in the moment! Another quote I love from the movie/book is “We accept the love we think we deserve”, which has really stuck with me since I watched the movie.

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My Top Ten Favourite Songs By The Smiths

My Top Ten Favourite Songs By The Smiths

The Smiths are my favourite band and consisted of the lead singer, Morrissey, the guitarist, Johnny Marr, the bassist, Andy Rourke and the drummer, Mike Joyce. The combination of Morrissey’s unique vocals and Johnny Marr’s great song writing made them one of the greatest alternative rock bands in history. Here are my top ten favourite The Smiths songs:

10) Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Know

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This song was released in May 1984 and reached no.10 in the UK’s Singles Chart in June 1984. This song appears in the album Hatful of Hollow (1984). Marr wrote this song in an 1hr in New York and then he wrote the B-side of the song called Girl Afraid.

9) That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

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This is the fifth track on The Smiths album Meat is Murder and it was composed by the vocalist, Morrissey and the guitarist, Johnny Marr. Marr’s guitar rhythm leads to a saddening vibe in the song as well as the depressing lyrics sang by Morrissey.

8) Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before

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This song was released in 1987 and appeared on their album, Strangeways, Here We Come. The music video features the iconic Salford Lads Club and the guys cycling around the Manchester. This song was eventually included in the compilation album Stop Me and The Very Best Of The Smiths.

7) What Difference Does It Make?

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What Difference Does It Make? appeared of The Smiths self-titled album, The Smiths  in 1984. This song peaked in the UK’s singles chart at no.12 and it’s often recognised by the opening riff by Johnny Marr and the incredible falsetto by Morrissey at the end of the song.

6) The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

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This song was released as single months before it appeared on their third album The Queen is Dead and the single peaked at no.23 on the UK’s Singles Chart in 1985. The Smiths performed this song on The Top Of The Pops as well as making a promotional video for this track.

5) Asleep

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I first heard this track while watching The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and I instantly loved it. This song features on the compilation album, The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs. This is one of the band bleakest songs which features mostly a piano.

4) This Charming Man

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This is one of The Smiths’ most known songs, which is due to Johnny Marr’s unique guitar riff and Morrissey’s lyrics which centre around sexual attraction and lust. They released this as a single in October 1983 and it did moderately well in the charts, peaking at no.25, however when the song was re-issued in 1992 it reached no.8 on the UK’s singles chart.

3) Bigmouth Strikes Again

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Bigmouth Strikes Again was the lead single on their third album The Queen Is Dead and it was the closing single on The Smiths’ only live album, Rank. This song was released in 1986 by the label Rough Load and peaked at no.26 on the UK’s singles chart. The song is about the frustration of the narrator because even though he’s said some nasty things…he was only joking.

2) How Soon Is Now?

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This song was written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and he called this song “possibly our most enduring song. It’s the people’s favourite, I think”. How Soon Is Now? is about a person who wants to get over his shyness so he can be in a relationship with someone. A cover of the song by Love Spit Love was used as the theme song to the show Charmed. This was one of the most difficult songs to produce and perform live for The Smiths.

1) There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

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This is the ninth song in The Smiths’ album The Queen Is Dead but it was only released as a single in France. This song received critical acclaim and it is definitely known as one of The Smiths’ best songs, being covered by numerous artists including Noel Gallagher, The Lucksmiths and William Francis. The 80’s were full of love songs, especially dark ones like this, where the narrator feels so happy with being with his partner that even though they might die, it would be the best way that he could ever die.