A Conversation With “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” Author/Director Stephen Chbosky

On Tuesday night, I had a chance to go to a screening of “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower“. It’s one of my favorite books. It’s a movie that I’ve been psyched for, for the past couple weeks.

Now, I am relatively new to this whole “read the book, saw the movie” approach to film. That was always the cliché line to mock fancy dinner party conversation.

My only real experience up to this point was with Comics and The Hunger Games. So rarely did I find myself saying “It was good, but it didn’t capture the true character put forth in issue #300 where Spider-Man first meets Venom in another form

It’s just not something I say.

But I did find myself having that exact dialog after leaving the screening. I really enjoyed it, but they are two very different experiences, as I sure you “Dinner Party” types are well aware of already.

Then…

On Thursday morning, while waiting for someone else entirely, I got word that Stephen Chbosky, the Director and Author of “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” was sitting in the lobby.

If you listen closely you can hear my mind exploding!

I had built up a list of questions concerning one of my favorite books jump to the big screen, likely to never get an answer. Then…THAT HAPPENED!!

I talked his publicist friends into giving me 5 minutes as I struggled to process this unique experience at a rapid clip. This is evidenced by the butchering of Stephen’s name throughout the interview.

But here it is. My brief chat with Stephen Chbosky. I caution you…this is best enjoyed if you’ve seen both the movie and read the book, or at least seen the movie. If you have not yet done so, you might want to wait.

Stephen Chbosky

If you’ve read the book and you are saying “What?!?!, movie?!?!?”. Check this out and go see it.

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