The Perks of Being A Wallflower, both the book and the movie, delivers that kind of impact to its audience. It's not just something that would entertain your eyes, but it is a work of art that aims to touch your heart. Somehow, it was able to do that.
The only problem in the movie is that if you have read the book, you will be looking for things that touched YOUR heart when you were reading it. And as the saying goes, "to each their own." We all have our own favorite parts, our own favorite lines and even our own favorite moments. And that is what a book is for. The book makes us imagine. It lets us create the beauty that is written in each and every verse, in every paragraph, in every phrase. It lets us be free, to be wild and learn our way thru the eyes of our subject. That's how it was written. And that is why most people say that the book was such a classic, it is questionable that people only recognize its beauty until now.
Going back, the movie fell short for the most parts. Of course, one can't help but compare the plot to its original storyline--- to its origin. However, it would be unfair to say that Stephen Chbosky failed to translate the book into what it really is. He was able to do that. But of course, for those who have read the book, a three-hour movie might not even be enough.
If you haven't read the book, then it is advisable to not read it yet if you're planning to watch the movie. It would be much pleasurable that way. There will be no personal bias, no distraction, no interruptions and most of all, there will be nothing to expect. Most of the time, that is the problem with movies based on books. The avid book fan might not be as responsive to the movies as most would expect. But biases aside, the movie did take an unexpected turn even for someone who have not read the books. There were moments that one might ask what is happening, as if it should be self-explanatory. Like the moment with Sam and Charlie in Sam's room or the moment where Charlie finally decided to participate and some minor things, to tell you honestly. It wasn't something big, but if you look closely, the movie wasn't as spontaneous as most movies should be.
Probably, it was because the director wanted to incorporate what the book held so dearly that the movie can't carry it anymore. It's a commendable move for the director, I must say. Most movies want that, but they always try to give their own twist to it as to not lose dynamic in the film. Somehow, despite the minor mishaps and unexpected turn out of events, the movie was still able to give us what the book has delivered to us from the very beginning -- an inspiring story that, in all of its quirks yet oddly familiar feeling, was somehow able to catch our eye, grab our attention and make us listen. Most of all, to never forget.