A wallflower is a person who is known as an observer, instead of a participator of life. Often they are considered shy and viewed as loners.
In Stephen Chbosky's novel The Perks Of Being A Wallflower he chronicles the life of an anonymous ninth grader who goes by the name of Charlie. Written in epistolary form (a series of letters) Charlie recounts his experiences of his first year of high school. The novel deals with teenage sex, drugs, dating, death, music, literature and films. I found the list of novels that Mr. Chbosky sites particularly interesting as many of them are personal favorites. I have always believed that to be a good writer one must be a good reader.
Here is a list of the novels that are mentioned in the novel and which Mr. Chbosky clearly has been influenced by:
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- The Stranger by Albert Camus
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Do you see some of your favorites here? Perhaps you would be interested in reading Mr. Chbosky's novel prior to it's movie release later this year-