When our Teen Advisory Group met to design a summer program for teens, they came up with tons of great ideas. We were discussing books that have been made into movies, and one of our teen volunteers suggested that we should make an evening of it.
That’s exactly what we will be doing: on Thursday, July 11th at 7 p.m., we will be showing a movie (which was originally a book) that the teens in our community have chosen, for ages 13 and up. The Teen Advisory Group is planning, organizing, and promoting this event, and it is sure to be a lot of fun: there will be food, a grand prize, and you get to choose the movie! I was blown away by how many books have been made into movies. We have a very savvy group of teens in the TAG, and they made and screened this list themselves. The movie had to be rated G, PG, or PG-13 to make it onto the list. It’s not too late to vote, so get your word in before the end of this week!
First, the book…
Right now, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is in the lead. I loved this book, so I really look forward to seeing the movie. It is written in the voice of 15-year-old Charlie, as he navigates friendship and first love. The book is written as a series of letters, which makes for a deeply personal, almost diary-like tone. Charlie has a charming group of friends, too, which is an added bonus. The characters in this book reminded us (here at the library) of the high school students in the fantastic television series Freaks and Geeks; likable, flawed, and figuring it out.
…Then, the movie.
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines until a pair of charismatic seniors takes him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song.’ (product description). The movie was actually adapted by the author himself, which lends it an authenticity that a lot of book-into-movies don’t necessarily have.
The film has gotten some great reviews, so I hope to get a chance to see it on Thursday July 11th (but I will be very happy if the final vote goes to something else). The next step is to register! There is still room, so if you would like to join us, please call us at (514) 485-6900 ext. 4111. Come see the movie you chose on the big screen!
Hope to see you there,