Emma Watson & Logan Lerman in 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'
by Ethan Anderton
May 20, 2010
Finally poised to begin an acting career outside of the Harry Potter franchise, Variety reports that Emma Watson will star opposite Logan Lerman in Stephen Chbosky's popular coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an adaptation of Chbosky's own book of the same name, which he will be writing and directing himself. Chbosky's story, published back in 1999, follows a shy and unpopular teenager who describes his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person and explores the awkward times of adolescence, including drug use and sexuality. Sounds typical, but this book is apparently quite dangerous.
Having read this phenomenal book back in high school, I can tell you that there's really nothing dangerous about this book, but apparently it has appeared on the American Library Associations list of most challenged books to keep away from schools and kids because of its treatment of drugs, homosexuality, sex and suicide. No doubt the book is for mature teens, but it's a genuine look into adolescence with all the emotional ups & downs every single teen will experience in their life. This will undoubtedly test both Watson and Lerman's talent. They've both enjoyed career boosts with big budget fantasy adaptations, and I look forward to seeing Chbosky bring his heart wrenching story to the big screen. Anyone else excited about this adaptation?