The Perks of Being a Wallflower


There are hundreds of teen movies representing the stereotyped characters with similar emotions in a rigid plot we see in most of the movies. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is slightly apart from this group of teen movies. A young boy called Charlie starts high school while having hard times with his past psychological problem and his daily life with family. He is considered as a weirdo around the school and surely he is bad at making friends. Such characters generally are not chosen as the main character in most of the movies. But in this case, the whole story is around this “loser” boy and the incidents came by during the time he got start a new friendship with “cool” upper semester students. With the help of this friendship he overcomes some of his problems with being sociable and starts to conform the typical image of being cool. This is why i think “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is not really different than the typical teen movies. Because at first we might consider this movie steps out of the line by treating a unusual character, but in fact for this character to be accepted by others he had to change his clothes and behavior. Of course the way he changed in was very stereotypical. The humiliation he faced with comes to an end by not accepting him as he is but the friends he made and the change he underwent.  So in the end it was just a justification of the stereotypes among teenagers. Typical teenage love is again on the scene. But unlike other movies, they set a place to a gay relationship which  one of friends  was having. And they represented this situation with all aspects of how he is discriminated. This was one of the best part of the movie. It gives a deep understanding of hoe gays are treated in society and how actually they are. I think, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a good example to show that the stereotyped teen movies started to end up but at the same time when we examine thoroughly we can see the hidden rigid social patterns that we do not even realize that we have.


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