Stephen Chbosky not only wrote the book, but he wrote the script and directed the film. Not many people can do that. Chbosky film adaptation of Perks kept true to the novel he wrote. Describing the project at SBIFF 2013, Chbosky tells the audience that the characters had a great detailed backstory and he wanted the film audience to feel as immersed in the story as the people who read the book. Most directors adapt a book to a film only keeping the “juciest” parts intact, while Chbosky retained all the essential details of Logan Lerman and Emma Watson’s characters. For that reason alone, Perks of being a Wallflower deserves a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Wes Anderson’s distinct pre-teen, fairytale love story, Moonrise Kingdom, has already been nominated for Best Picture at the PGAs so that should at least warrant a nod from the Academy. The story of teenage lovebirds escaping into the world on their own registered a huge amount of charm and nostalgia within the elderly or those in their midlife crises. The Oscars tend to discriminate against superhero movies and movies that are actually enjoyable, but this one was something different. It is a film to be enjoyed by all; and one that resonates deep within all those that see it.