I watched the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower over this weekend. It reminded me a lot of the book, its original form, that I read so many years ago but had forgotten. One important thing about the book that I didn’t forget, however, is what it made me feel: a sense of nostalgia for something I really never was a part of or able to experience for myself. If that is even possible, I cannot say, but it is the best way that I know how to describe it. Strangely, and this will come back around, I learned about the book from the profile page of one of the guitarists for a band I was a huge fan of at the time, Kill Hannah.
As I watched the movie, I was introduced to some great music from the ’80s and early ’90s that I’d either never heard of or had forgotten as soon as I heard it. One of the songs in particular, Cocteau Twins’ “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops,” struck me as mesmerizing, a song where I can just get lost in the music and escape. That song, and many others on the soundtrack, made me think about what I liked so much about Kill Hannah’s old music: it’s the freedom to stop thinking about whatever ails my thoughts and go on a journey, if only for a little while.
If you haven’t read the book (or seen the movie), I recommend you at least watch the film. It’s a coming of age story that rivals any other I’ve had the chance to see, read, or listen to. Although I originally read the story when I was a teenager or just out of being one, I think someone could read it for the first time as an adult and enjoy it. It’s set in the early ’90s, which many may relate to, but it still feels timeless.