When I first read Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, I instantly fell in love with it. It was 1999, and I was not having a fun high school experience. Like so many other kids from my generation, this book meant a great deal to me. 13 years later, it was a priceless experience being able to sit down with Stephen and talk with him about his film adaptation of one of my favorite books.
Stephen talked with us about how much of himself is in Charlie, how involved with casting he was, fan made movie trailers, and how the outsiders have always outnumbered the popular kids. Check out our first segment below!
Another interesting topic I spoke with Stephen about was how much films in this genre fail to connect with audiences in the way that the classic John Hughes movies did. In fact, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower was one of the first films I’ve seen in the last decade that I have connected with on that level. So what’s the secret? Why can’t Hollywood make more movies like this that truly touch the hearts of audiences? Stephen had an enlightening answer that I had not considered. Check it out in the video segment below along with details on the music selection that went into the film.
One of the most memorable parts of the interview for me, was when we asked Stephen what his most memorable moment from filming was. He proceeded to tell us about the scene that Emma Watson filmed going through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and how it was a moment he’d remember as long as he had memory. Check it out below.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower was released in limited release last Friday, and the film hits a few more theaters today! Be sure to check it out – it captures the book quite beautifully.
Interview By: Emma Loggins