An Open Letter To ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’: Sometimes All We Need Is To Get Accepted The Way We Are


Dear ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’,

I remember I was 12 when you were released in India. 12 was a pretty young age to understand a movie like you. But you managed to cast a spell on me. I went back to you every time I wanted to find a home in this cruel world. Your it Charlie or Mary Elizabeth, they left their impact on me. When I realized I could never get enough of this movie, I decided to read the book. And oh boy! What a roller coaster ride it was.

I, myself have always been an introvert, like Charlie. So when Sam welcomed him saying ” welcome to the island of misfit toys”, somehow I felt welcomed too. The world is a brutal place. It is filled with people like Aunt Helen. But the only thing that makes me optimistic is the fact that it also has people like Patrick. Be it being a brother or a friend or a lover, he excelled in all no matter how much it made him suffer.

It took me time to inoculate the sufferings charlie went through. But everything seemed falling into places when he came across these misfits as friends. That is why, “I feel infinite”, hits me hard even to this day.
For a coming of age movie, the dialogues seem meaningful even today. I always feel a pinch of solace every time I hear “you’re a wallflower”..because sometimes all we need is to get accepted the way we are by the world. As I’m getting older, professor Anderson’s words “we accept the love we think we deserve” seems more truer to me. There are times when I feel lost and confused, but then I remember Charlie’s words,”I am both happy and sad at the same time, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” and I feel a bit good realizing the fact that someone out there feels the same.

It’s been 9 years since you were released and you managed to evoke emotions through your characters and their feelings even to this day. There are times when I wish I could have friends like Sam & Patrick with whom I could listen to the tunnel song and feel “infinite”. The words spoken by the characters still manage to pour optimism in me. I wish generation after generation find solace in you like the way I did.

Also,” please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And I will always believe the same about you.”
Love always,
A wallflower.

Dipanjali Chakraborty

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