The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book and Film Review

Book Synopsis

The book written by Stephen Chbosky follows 15 year old protagonist Charlie who has trouble socially, due to a troubled past that is revealed throughout the novel. He is writing letters to an unknown recipient, talking about his life in freshman year in high-school. He deals with unrequited love, sexuality, drug use, and mental health throughout his first year at high school. Unrequited love for his senior friend Sam, along with sexuality in the form of Sam’s step brother Patrick, who is going out with Brad, a closeted homosexual on the football team. Charlie also has his first encounter with drug use as he trips on LSD to be cool and mental health through the effects of his best middle friend committing suicide and his aunt dying in a car crash.

Film Synopsis

The film adaptation starring as Logan Lerman as Charlie, Ezra Miller as Patrick and Emma Watson as Sam, follows closely to the book as is also directed by Stephen Chbosky. The only major differences are Charlie teacher has a bigger role in the film. As in the book, he is mentioned as is supportive towards Charlie, but it never talks about his teaching style. Having Paul Rudd play the teacher though, obviously, the teacher was going to have a bigger role. Charlie’s sister being abused by boyfriend doesn’t play as a major point, although it is shown in the film. In a way, a major change is the tunnel scene where Sam stands up, as the song they are listening to is changed from Fleetwood Macs Landslide to David Bowie’s Hero creating a whole new meaning to the word infinite. The film also had Imagine Dragons Its time which was awesome.

Review

Both book and film are worth visiting as they deal with social issues everybody goes through during their adolescents. The book and film holding that nostalgic feeling but also that cringe-worthy moment of when you were younger. An example being, when Charlie is dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room. Charlie sitting with his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth, played by Mae Whitman, chooses not to kiss her and kisses Sam instead causing everyone to resent him. It shows the perils of being a wallflower as he lying to himself in when he said yes to going out with Mary Elizabeth. Later, when he reveals his true feelings to Sam as she is leaving, she berates him for not acting earlier. The Perks of Being a Wallflower are being very good at observing things in a social situation, taking everything in the conversations around during you, allowing you to be able to judge things more rationally. Thus linking in with Carl Jung‘s theory of introversion/extraversion. Charlie portraying introversion as Patrick shows extraversion in dealing with life. Overall this book is good coming of age book, like the book The Wanderers by Richard Price dealing with taboo subjects and dealing with the trials you face when growing up.

Here links to some of my other book reviews:

Man Seeking Woman and The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Mortal Engines: Infernal Devices Book Review

Villains by Necessity Novel by Eve Forward Book Review

Ready Player One Book Review

That Time I Went To Amsterdam

My Day In Amsterdam

February 24th

I spent several hours in Amsterdam after travelling from Newcastle to Amsterdam on the Ferry. It was a great day out but really cold as I went during the cold time of February.

Freezing in the Ice Bar

The ice bar was the only event I booked when going to Amsterdam as it seems like something everyone should experience at least once. It was enjoyable for like a minute as even with the massive coats and gloves you are given, it’s still uncomfortably cold. I like the concept of it as a cold drink with the boys would be great there, but I quickly necked my orange juice and got out of there.

Ripleys Believe It or Not museum – I believe everything

Having read many annuals of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, I thought it would be a good idea to explore their official store. It had loads of interesting items at the entrance such as the world tallest man mannequin in which you could compare your height next to him and a three-legged footballer mannequin. It was pricey to actually explore the whole place but the entrance was enough in all fairness.

Learning in The Sex Museum

Amsterdam’s world-famous Sex museum was pretty interesting with its breaking the innocence approach. There were men flashing their bits at you, walking through a recreation of the red light district and a massive penis seat. The worst room for the eyes was the black room what had warning signings outside saying not for the faint-hearted. The room was filled with every taboo about sex, including weeing on someone for their pleasure. It is not somewhere you could go with your mam.

Unexpected findings in the Jeff Koons Exhibit

Knowing nothing about Jeff Koons, I went to a church displaying his artwork. In the Nieuwe Kerk it had Jeff Koons most famous art piece the blue crystal ball which was displayed in front of the Perugino Madonna and Child with Four Saints. The blue crystal ball would reflect the whole church along with the artwork which was mesmerising.

The Red Light District

There was also a cheeky walk through the red light district, only realising halfway down the street.

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Bands I’m Looking Forward to Seeing at Slamdunk 2018

Everything will be Alright at Slamdunk 2018

Slamdunk 2018, Leeds City Centre 26th May

Slamdunk returns for its 12th year, headlined by Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World. The festival spread over 3 days, shared between the cities of Leeds, Birmingham and Hatfield. I’m going to the venue in Leeds this year and I’m looking forward to it immensely. Here are some of the bands I’m looking forward to, although is so many greats acts coming. The festival displaying metalcore to indie pop.

Jimmy Eat World and Good Charlotte

Having both seemed to be around forever, these nostalgic bands know how to deliver on a big stage. Jimmy Eat World’s most notable song being The Middle, a song that you can listen to over and over again. Can’t wait to here Good Charlotte’s Anthem along Girls and Boys played in a festival atmosphere, while Joel Madden fronts the stage. Two bands with some highly popular songs which remind you of the pop-punk era in the 2000s.

Crown the Empire

A metalcore band with some insane clean vocals. I discovered them after I listened to their song The Fallout. The lead vocalist sharing similar vocals to Vic Feunete from the band Pierce the Veil but less whiny. The song also has a great breakdown in the middle. They also played a sweet cover of My Chemical Romance’s Welcome to the Black Parade, which was really good but obviously not as good as the original.

Twin Atlantic

Having seen them live a couple a years ago, I get the chance to see them again in all their glory. The band from Glasgow having so many great songs, such as their well-known ones like Yes, I was Drunk, Make a Beast of Myself and Heart of Soul. But also lesser known songs such as Crash Land, that involves a cello and Apolopytic Renegade.

Asteroid Boys

Asteroid Boys are a weird hybrid band as their music shares similar qualities to grime and punk rock. It’s like an angry Stormzy mixed with Enter Shikari. Thier song Dirty just giving me crazy vibes as it is so aggressive as it revs you up with its guitars and strong vocals. It’s like Plan B’s Ill Manors as they talk about a broken Britain. Not many people will know this band but you should give them a listen.

Chapel

Chapel is an indie pop-rock duo comprised of Carter Hardin (ex-Nightmares) and Kortney Grinwis (ex-Favorite Weapon), managed and developed by Issues’ Tyler Carter and Derek Brewer (manager of Crown The Empire). They have so much potential with the talent surrounding them, Cartin Hardin with that unique charisma, Hardin reminding me of Jack Anaotoff from the band The Bleachers. We’ve Got Soul creating them good vibes and obviously soul.

These are few bands I am looking forward to but I think the event overall will be a great experience.

That Time I Went To Pompeii

Playing Bastille’s Pompeii in Pompeii

September 11th-18th 2017

Having always wanted to go to Italy, I finally got the chance to when me and a few friends organised trip together as quick as possible so no one could back out. We decided to stay in Pompeii after originally thinking of staying in the heart of Napoli, but we realised Pompeii would allow us to explore more of the region. Pompeii famous for its ruins, was a lovely city and would recommend to anyone, the articture being a vocal point. Here is some of the stuff I did.

Day one

The shrine of the Virgin Rosary of Pompeii

Exploring the local massive Cathedral

The first site we came across when exploring on the first day was The Shrine of the Virginia Rosary of Pompeii in the main square. Completed in 1901, this Catholic Cathedral plays homage to the Virgin Mary and quite recently Pope Benidict XVI presenting his 6th Golden rose to it in 2006. Inside the Cathedral showed how much Italy is a Catholic country with its rich paintings and golden alters.

Day 2

Doing tourists stuff

We would travel to Sorrento on the train which was only a hour away from Pompeii. Sorrento is where all the tourists go as we learnt as their was people from all nationalities flocking their. After going through all the markets and churches, we would go in search of a beach. We would find a nice little fish restaurant along the way near a beach in which I tried fresh lobster for the first time. Wasn’t worth the 40 euros I paid for it. We would see a lot of beaches but couldnt find a way down the them unfortunately.

Day 3

The Second Best Pizza in the World?

We set off to Napoli in a quest to try the so called 2nd best Pizza in the world. Antica Pizzeria da Michele, said to be the oldest Pizzeria in Italy, only serving margerita and maranora and well respected having featured in the Julia Roberts film Eat Pray Love. After a hours wait as it is such a big tourist attraction, we sat down and chowed down on Margerita pizza after we watched be cooked in a giant stone baked oven. I was split between thinking it was a glorified tomato garlic bread and it being the best pizza I ever tasted because of the stone baked taste to it. It is definitely better than Dominoes and Pizza Hut but that’s as far as I got.

The same day we would go to a escape room that was lots of fun even if we were terrible. One of us thinking we had to unlock a pen when it was just a stiff top and the other trying to hack the main frame thinking it would help is escape but had nothing to do with anything.

Day 4

Jamming with the Escape Room man… And the delving into the catacombs

We became good friends with the man who hosted the Escape Room and ended up jamming with him to start the day, along with seeing the oldest recording studio in Italy. His band supporting some big acts when they had come to Naples. He’d also given us advice on service charge what was needed. Later we’d travel to the catacombs, The Catacombs of San Gaudiso in Naples but they were quite underwhelming, our Italian friend suggesting we go to the Fontanelle Cemetery instead which had 100 of skulls.

Day 5

My friend nearly dying as we were trusted with our own boat

We would return to Serrento but then go to an island called Capri from there. Capri is a luxurious island with high priced goods all over, as they obviously get all their good imported making it an really expensive island. After taking in the views, we thought it would be a good idea to hire a boat and travel around the island. We would speed around the island at 30mph taking in the scenery, going into caverns and relaxing taking in the sun. In various places you were allowed to dive in and enjoy the sea supposedly, my friend would dive in and explore a cavern. More boats would come causing us to have leave him and fetch him from the other side. The current going through the cavern was something an elite swimmer would struggle to swim through so he was basically left stranded. We would have to race to the other side of the cavern, to make sure he made it. He had as he was pressed against a rock struggling for air. We would get the boat as close as we could to him, hoping not to damage the boat as the prices were ridiculous to repair them. We would hall him on the boat and everything would be okay.

Day 6

Starting from the bottom and ended up on the top of Mount Versuvis

On the last day as we had a flight in the middle of the night, we walked all the way up to the infamous Mount Versuvis. Mount Versuvis being the only active volcano in the world, as showed on the way up as it had recently sprayed out lava as the trees and rocks had been leveled. Taking 5 hours to walk up while everyone was getting buses up or biking. Mount Vesuvius being famous for causing the Pompeii ruins which charred the people in the places they stood in Ad 79. The Pompeii Ruins is a big attraction in Pompeii, showing the destruction of Mount Versuvis. Finally making it to the top was amazing as the view was surreal, as the volcano is 4,203 ft high and you could see inside the volcano also. We also saw a music video being filmed on the way up what was quite cool.

Overall a great holiday although I didn’t get to go to the Napoli stadium which would have been good as the Naples and the surrounding cities are mad about the Napoli team.

A Quiet Place Film Review

A Quiet Place Film Review

A film that promotes going to the cinema

Synopsis

The film centres around the Abbott family trying to survive a world in which making a sound can kill you. After losing their son to the monsters who hunt by hearing sounds, the Abbott family carry on surviving until Evelyn Abbot (Emily Blunt) falls pregnant causing all kinds of problems. The father of the family Lee Abbot (John Krasinski) focuses on helping his family survive, training his younger son Marcus Abbot (Noah Jupe) to take his place if he was to die. Regan Abbot (Millicent Simmons) the daughter of Lee and Evelyn blames herself for the death of her younger brother after giving him the toy that made that fatal sound attracting the monsters. However, the family have to come together to try safely deliver a child in this chaotic silent world.

Review

A great film in which needs to be appreciated in a cinema full of people all eagerly anticipating every little sound. I don’t think the film would have the same¬†effect if your watching in your house with your phone on and lights. You need to be focused on the film to get the true effect. The sound of silence is the key throughout the whole film, as the silence adds to the intensity along with the actual monsters. It’s brilliantly acted by all involved director John Krasinski putting in a superb performance. His death for his children being a standout moment in the film. A Quiet Place is a great film with a unique concept using silence to full effect.

8.5/10

Mortal Engines: Infernal Devices Book Review

Mortal Engines Infernal Devices by Phillip Reeves Book Review

Following on from Predators Gold comes Phillip Reeves third book in the quartet Infernal Devices set 16 years after the events of Predators Gold.

Synopsis

All is quiet in the city of Anchorage after adventuring to America and finding a safe haven in the hills. Tom and Hester have settled down, their adventures seeming to be a distant memory. Tom and Hester have also had a child called Wren who yearns for adventure. And that is when the troubles start. The past catches up with Tom and Hester, as Gargle the lostboy returns in the search of an ancient book called the tin book. The Tin Book quickly becomes the item everybody wants causing Wren to be kidnapped, and Tom and Hester to come to her aid.

Review

Hester secrets come out at the end of the novel, showing her to be completely evil. Reeves slowly builds Hester character to be unsympathetic as she becomes heartless through her joy for killing and her obsession with Tom. Turning on her own daughter and losing Tom maybe forever. Hester has always had that evil side and it his finally came out. It’ll be good to see what happens in the final book. Probably my favourite book so far, as it is all action throughout and ties up loose ends as well as creating new ones. Wren looks to become the main female protagonist in the next novel as she grows as a character throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the final book.

7.5/10

Previous books reviewed in the quartet

Mortal Engines: Predators Gold Book Review

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeves: Review

Comment below if you have read any of these books and let me know what you think