THIS THIS THIS THIS. Both are beautiful and well-done stories in their own ways. The book really makes you feel for Charlie; you get to know him so very well that you can’t help but want to be his friend and make everyone else around him understand him the way you do. And his parents & sister and his relationship with them is my absolute favorite aspect of the book… and while the actors chosen for their roles in the movie did a FANTASTIC job of playing them, I felt like that aspect of the book was pushed aside for other things in the movie.
However! THIS GODDAMN MOVIE IS INCREDIBLE. Not just by itself as a work of film, but as an adaptation specifically. It captured the essence and heart of the book. Probably due to the fact that the book’s author Stephen Chbosky directed & wrote the movie. Logan Lerman nails it. He is a cupcake. It is a heartwarming, funny, but also surprisingly raw and difficult movie.
Like I said though, it stuck to its source material. Some things were changed for the movie (like the importance of his individual relationship with his family), but it didn’t make the movie bad in any way, it just shifted the focus. By the end of it though you are still left with the same feeling and message as you are in the book.
Charlie’s relationship with his 2 closest friends is something that was much more fulfilling for me to watch rather than to read. I just couldn’t help but love them even more because they were real people in front of me.
Other than what i’ve said above, I don’t quite know how else to pinpoint why I think this movie is my favorite book-to-movie adaptation. If you haven’t seen it, please go watch it. I recommend it over the book tbh. <3
What is one book-to-movie adaptation you absolutely love??