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From 广州市, 广东省, 中国
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over 5 years ago

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Last night, I had finished my first English novel. I always read a lot. But they are all in Chinese. So I would say that is a big deal for me.

I saw a little girl talking about her experience of learning different languages in YouTube. She said that one method was reading in the original languages but not in translations. Also, ignoring the grammars and new vocabularies. So I did it. And the book's name is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This book has a few new vocabularies of me, so that is easy to read. The plot is very attractive either. But why I chose this book?

I like Emma Watson very much and I like her acting either. I almost saw all the films that were acted by her. I found that I had one film that I hadn't seen which was The Perks of Being a Wallflower. So I saw it. It was a good film, it was movement and it resonated. After I read the critical articles, I knew that was based on a semi-autobiographical novel. The film's director was the book's writer. How a surprising thing!

I started to read this book three days ago. Fortunately, this book was very perfect for the first read in English. I'd like to say this was a fantastic experience. Although I always read that novels translated as Chinese.

This novel has appeared six times on the American Library Association's list of 10 most-frequently-challenged books. Because of that included sexual, drugs and alcohol.

It was about youth's stories and about love. It wrote about a boy called Charlie who in high school and no friends needed to "participate". Finally, he met a boy called Patrick who was a gay, and a girl called Sam who was a very beautiful girl. They got together to go to the parties, smoke and play. Charlie was special boy, he had some abilities that he didn't know. Like the book said, "You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand."

It talked about many loves, such as families, friends and couples. They did not concern about gender, age or race. I have seen a commercial about loves. I think they are the same as a Chinese person's opinion. There are enormous different to love between Chinese and the western countries. We do always not say we love our parents or children or other people. Because we feel like shamed to say that. And the fact is that even people do not say that but they really love people that they are care. But the wired thing is that they always do not do anything and want people can feel their love. Quoting by Sam's word "If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don't want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it, too. I want them to be able to do whatever they want around me. And if they do something I don't like, I'll tell them." We are not all the specials, we cannot guess someone's thought. So I think we need to tell someone that we love her/him and don't be shy.

When Charlie went to hospital in the final, he said, "But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things." I always said that we can't choose where I born, but we can't choose how we die. The future is always not certain that you can choose what path you want to go. Even though we came from different levels, maybe poor or rich, but we always have opportunities. But most of the time, we just ignored it.

I need to thanks for State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China. They ruin all the youth movies. They just not allow the boys or girls love someone in school who haven't happy ending in the movies. That's goddamn not a real world and that's a fake and lying to everyone. Because of that, I never go to the cinema to see that kinds movie. It makes me sick.

Incidentally, I'd like to tell you guys a joke about the translations. Three weeks ago, Avengers: Age of Ultron was on the screen. I went to saw it. That was a phrase but I didn't remember who said that, " son of bitch." And the subtitle showed us that was meaning "old buddy." I was wondering what the hell was going on.

Yes, we have 5,000 years cultures in this country. But a lot of the good things of our culture were destroyed in those ten years what called "Culture Revolution". For now, we believe nothing but money, we have no religions and faith. How many things I can do? I figure that was possible when I was a teacher. So, we do not believe in love or friendship or even family. I feel insecure because I can't feel that kind of love.

But I always believe in love. Always.

P.S. This is my first article that is written by English. I will appreciate that someone would correct for my grammar faults.


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