This is an epistle novel that tells the experiences of the first year of high school of Charlie, a problematic guy who overcomes his shyness through Patrick and Sam friendship, last year's students. It is a very exciting book for teenagers and more. In the end you are really affectionate to the protagonist, and it's great to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the '90s, between the mixed cassettes and the music of the period. The novel is well-built: the protagonist narrates his story in first person and succeeds in giving a tone of ambiguity, making the receiver of his letters anonymous throughout the narration. The final is unexpected but it closes the circle of the story very well.
As far as I am concerned, what really makes the book unique is the sweetness and the purity of emotions that characterizes Charlie, which, in the end, represents a bit of all those timid teenagers in the first year of high school and remembers how rich of commotions, disturbances and unrest is the adolescence of each of us.
Light enough, but never to be superficial.
Taken from the book, it takes place in an intimate dimension. While I was looking at it, I was completely connected with the protagonist and his personal experiences, his world and his way of life.
Settings. Time - contemporaneity, 2012 Place - Pennsylvania, USA
Soundtracks. Some of the soundtracks are: Asleep, Could It Be Another Change, Tugboat, Come On Eileen, Temptation, Heroes. I think that the film director has chosen these songs because they are the same that the protagonist listens throughout the movie to make it closer to his dimention.
Movement of the camera. In this film there are many techniques in the use of the camera, for example the low camera level, the long shot, the cut, the aerial shot, the dolly shot and the zoom. The zoom and the low camera level are used to create a dimention in which the expressions of the actors could be seen better by the spectator and to make the images look bigger. The cut often is used because it is useful to the flashbacks; the long shot and the arial, instead, are used, for example, when charlie is alone or when the film director wants to emphasizie different aspects of the same scene.
Main differences between the book and the film. (These are things that are present in the book and not in the film).
- in the book, Charlie's sister is pregnant
- in the book, the name of the fast food is "Big Boy", in the film is "The King"
- in the book, Charlie smokes
- in the book, some of the names of Charlie's family are not explicit
- in the book, Charlie can drive
- in the book, Charlie knows Mary Elizabeth and Alice long time after
- in the book, when Patrick and Charlie go to a park, Charlie meets the guy who reads the sports news
- in the book, Charlie express more often his feelings for Sam and openly tells her that he loves her
- in the book, there are many more references to Charlie's family, such as the relationship with the brother, already at the university
- in the film, many scenes are not included
Personally, I preferred the book more than the movie, mainly because, as a epistle novel written in first person, the protagonist's emotions emerge more in motion, even though in the film you are able to see the expressions. In the book, in my opinion, the emotions that Charlie wants to express are more highlighted. Instead, the final, as far as the relationship with his friends has gone, I liked the movie more, as it seems that Charlie and Sam have managed to start the relationship Charlie would have always wanted.
This is a phrase that is repeated more than once in both the film and the book and it has struck me particularly because it represents in full, in my opinion, the kind of love that two people are conditioned to try each other.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley