To prevent the spoiling of another sublime experience, I made sure I finished the book before watching the movie.
And indeed, the book was an overall much better experience than the movie.
In a way, I’d say they complemented each other very well. I guess writing a book and then directing the film based on your book does have its advantages.
For example, the silences which I felt to be so profound in the book did not really come true on the big screen. Also, certain characters which played a big role in Charlie’s life were not as emphasized in the movie.
However, the film did a good job of portraying the main characters – Charlie, Sam and Patrick – respectively played by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson (she was a big factor in prompting me to watch the film ;p) and Ezra Miller. I found their performances riveting, to say the least. Definitely not your usual teen flick, although themes like growing up, friendship and relationships are strongly and expertly dealt with.
I feel like getting an old-school typewriter. Someday.