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From 广州市, 广东省, 中国
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I was an information technology teacher before.
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over 5 years ago

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Version1.2)

Last night, I finished my first English novel. I read a lot, but I usually read in Chinese. I would say that was a big deal for me.

I saw a little girl talking about her experience of learning different languages on YouTube. She said that one method was reading books and articles in the original language but not the translations. She also recommended ignoring the grammatical structure and new vocabulary words while she was reading.

I followed her advice and I read the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This book doesn't have many new vocabulary words for me, so this is easy to read. The plot was very attractive to me. Why did I choose this book?

I like Emma Watson very much and I like her acting as well. I have seen almost all of her films. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which stars Emma Watson, is the only movie that I haven't seen yet, so I went and watched it. It was a good film; it was touching and it resonated with passion. After I read the critical articles, I knew that this was based on a semi-autobiographical novel. The film's director was the book's writer. How surprising this is!

I started to read this book three days ago. Fortunately, this book was perfect for my first read in English. I'd like to say this was a fantastic experience, although I usually read novels translated into Chinese. This novel has appeared six times on the American Library Association's list of 10 most-frequently-challenged books, because it included sexual content, drugs and alcohol.

It was about youths' stories and about love. The author wrote about a boy called Charlie, who was in high school with no friends and needed to socialize more. Finally, he met a boy called Patrick who was 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 a special boy who had some abilities that he himself didn't know about. Like the book said "You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand."

The book talked about lovers, family love and love between friends. They did not concern themselves about gender, age or race. I have seen a commercial about love and I think they are the same as a Chinese person's opinion. There is an enormous difference in love between Chinese and the Western countries. We do not always say we love our parents or children or other people, because we feel ashamed to say that. The fact is that people here don't say that they love someone when they really do love them. The strange thing is that they do not want to do anything and still want people to feel their love. Quoting Sam's words, "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 cannot read minds; we cannot guess someone else's thoughts. So I think we need to tell someone that we love her/him and don't be shy.

When Charlie went to the hospital in the final scene, 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 we are born, but we can choose how we die. The future is not certain but you can choose what path you want to go on.

Even though we come from different backgrounds, maybe poor or rich, we still have opportunities. Most of the time, we just ignore them.

I need to say thanks for State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China; they ruin all the youth movies and just don't allow the filmmakers to portray the boys and girls who love someone during their school life to have a happy ending in the movies. That's not a goddamn real world and that's fake and it's lying to everyone. Because of that, I never go to the cinema to see those kinds of movies; those make me sick.

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

Yes, we have 5,000 years of culture here in China. Most of the good things of our culture were destroyed in those ten years called the "Cultural Revolution". For now, we believe in nothing but money, we have no religions and no faith. What can I do about this? I assumed that it was possible to change these situations when I was a teacher, but I was unable to make a bigger difference in my society. We do not believe in love or friendship or even family like the characters in the book did. I feel insecure because I can't feel that kind of love.

But I always believe in love. Always!

P.S. I appreciate that some many people help me to correct my faults, especially Sindee, Sue and Yeahia. I think I am very lucky to know you.


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