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The Floyd Theater presents 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'
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I was introduced to a book in my late teens: Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower

. It was a fast read – it only took me two days or so – and it was incredible to my young mind. It was, of course, written for my age group: awkward teenagers. Of course, as I was raised religious and stuck to it until I moved away from home, I didn't have to encounter much sex and drugs and alcohol like young Charlie and his friends in the book – but it wasn't about that stuff; it was about a kid who just didn't fit in and yet was able to find a niche for himself. For years, whenever I had a rough patch in my life, I would read the book and feel better.

Naturally, when the film adaptation was announced, I was hesitant. I knew that Chbosky himself would be writing and directing, and that was cause for some comfort, but then I saw the trailer and had serious doubts. Nevertheless, I saw it – and I loved it. It evoked all the same emotions that came from reading the book, and at the end of it, I was quite satisfied.

(A note about film adaptations of beloved books: everyone whines that “the book is always better” [which isn't true], but I have a personal policy of trying to forget the book when I watch its adaptation and let it stand on its own merits. Sometimes, though, it's hard not to compare, and so I was thankful that it had been years since I read the book, and thus many aspects had been forgotten. Thinking back to the book post-viewing, though, I realized that several key scenes had been omitted or toned down, and this led to an interesting train of thought. The film is rated PG-13, because it has a specific target audience Chbosky is trying to reach. A completely faithful adaptation would be rated R, thus much of his target would miss out; I ended up miffed at the censorship in place in our country via the ratings system [for more information, see:

This Film is Not Yet Rated

]. Nevertheless, it's a good adaptation.)

Tonight and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, the Floyd Theater will be screening

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

at 5:00 and 8:00. The Floyd Theater is located on the third floor of the Student Activities Center on the U of L campus (look for the clock tower). Admission is $1.50 for students and $3 for the general public. Complete information can be found at the Facebook event page.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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