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    The Perks of Being A Wallflower Adaptation

    Because I am obsessed with this book I have begun an adaptation of it ...


    Chapter One
    August 25, 1991
    INT. CHARLIE'S ROOM - NIGHT

    Charlie is at his desk reading over a letter. He is speaking as he
    reads. We hear the clatter of rain on his window.


    CHARLIE
    Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said
    you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep
    with that person at that party even though you
    could have. Please don't try to figure out who she
    is because then you might figure out who I am, and
    I really don't want you to do that. I will call
    people by different or generic names because I
    don't want you to find me. I didn't enclose a
    return address for the same reason. I mean nothing
    bad by this. Honest. I just need to know that
    someone out there listens and understands and
    doesn't try to sleep with people even if they could
    have. I need to know these people exist. I think
    you of all people will understand that because I
    think you of all people are alive and appreciate
    what that means. At least I hope you do because
    other people look to you for strength and
    friendship and its that simple. At least that's
    what I've heard. So this is my life. And I want
    you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm
    trying to figure out how that could be. I try to
    think of my family as a reason for me being this
    way, especially after my friend Michael stopped
    going to school one day last spring and we heard
    Mr. Vaughn's voice on the loudspeaker.

    INT. SCHOOL - MORNING

    GRADUAL ZOOM TO:

    The loudspeaker.

    As we zoom we see the students at the school socializing in the main room.

    MR. VAUGHN
    (filter)
    Boys and girls, I regret to inform you that one of
    our students has passed on. We will hold a
    memorial service for Michael Dobson during assembly
    this Friday.

    CUT TO:

    Drew's face. Drew has awkward glasses.

    CHARLIE
    (off screen)
    Do you know what happened to Michael?

    DREW
    Yea. He killed himself.

    INT. RANDOM HOUSE - NIGHT BEFORE

    There are 4 woman gathered around the table socializing. You can't hear
    what they say.

    DREW
    (Continued)
    (Voice Over)
    My mom was playing cards with Mike's next door
    neighbor.

    We hear a gunshot. The woman drop their cards and look out the window.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GUIDANCE OFFICE - DAY AFTER MIKE'S DEATH

    Charlie, Bridget, Carl, and the counselor are sitting in a circle.
    Currently we see Bridget.

    BRIDGET
    Sometimes I want to kill myself. Usually when
    commercials come on the TV.

    Now we see Carl.

    CARL
    I would kill myself, but its a sin.

    Now we see Charlie. He doesn't say anything. He is looking at the floor.

    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    (Off screen)
    What do you think Charles?

    CHARLIE
    Well I think that Michael was a nice guy and I
    don't understand why he did it. As much as I feel
    sad, I think that not knowing is what really
    bothers me.

    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    (Off Screen)
    Well, Michael probably had problems at home. He
    probably felt he had no one to talk to about it.
    That could be a reason why he would feel alone and
    ... kill himself.

    Charlie looks up. There is a few seconds of silence.

    CHARLIE
    He could have talked to me.

    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    (OFF SCREEN)
    I mean an adult or a guidance counselor.

    CHARLIE
    To hell with what you mean. And to hell with you to.

    Charlie leaves.


    CUT TO:

    INT. CHARLIE'S ROOM - AUGUST 25, 1991

    CHARLIE
    I should probably go to sleep now. It's very
    late. Love always, Charlie.

    September 7, 1991

    INT. CHARLIE'S ROOM

    CHARLIE
    (continued)
    Dear friend, I don't like High School. I keep
    quiet most of the time, and only one kid named Sean
    really seemed to notice me. He waited for me after
    gym one day.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SCHOOL - OUTSIDE THE GYM

    Charlie is looking out a window outside the gym. Sean comes up behind and
    him, grabs him by the shoulder and spins him around.

    SEAN
    I'm gonna kick the shit out of you!


    CHARLIE
    You're a very unhappy person.

    Sean punches Charlie in the jaw. Charlie goes down.

    CUT TO:

    INT. HOUSE - FLASHBACK

    We see Charlie's brother's face.

    CHARLIE'S BROTHER
    When fighting, always go for the knees, throat and
    eyes.


    CUT TO:

    INT. SCHOOL - OUTSIDE THE GYM

    Charlie is on the ground. He swings his arm at Sean's knees which trips
    Sean out. While Sean falls, Charlie gets up and starts kicking Charlie in
    the ribs.

    CUT TO:

    INT. MR. SMALL'S OFFICE

    We see Charlie's face. He is crying.

    MR. SMALL
    (OFF SCREEN)
    But since the general opinion is that it was self
    defense, there will be no retributions upon you.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CHARLIE'S ROOM

    CHARLIE
    Love always, Charlie.





    Thats the first 7 or so pages of the book. It's a very weird book as you can tell. It's a so-called coming of age story. It's essentially a kid's first year in high school.[/i]

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    Strange, I had the same idea of making an adaption of that book. It's probably my favorite.

    This is just me... I'd suggest taking out the whole 'writing letters' aspect. It works well for a book, but for a movie it seems a little bit unnecessary. You should just go forward.

    What I read was pretty good. The structure was a bit clunky though, the transitions between scenes should feel more like it's happening 'right now'. I don't think the whole thing should be a big flashback.

    Hope that helped. (Also, I'm not sure if posting an adaption of a copyright work is legal.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycracker
    (Also, I'm not sure if posting an adaption of a copyright work is legal.)
    I was told on another board that as long as you aren't trying to get money from the object then its okay. I dunno though.

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