YAB Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a classic novel about coming-of-age and a favorite among many Millennials. So when many teens and twentysomethings found out it was becoming a movie (starring Emma Watson no less!), they were eager to see the adapation. Our YAB member Caroline jumped at the chance to review the film, which she says is slightly different than the book, but is still amazing and lived up to her expectations.

YAB Review: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Perks of Being A WallflowerWhat was the biggest draw for you to see this movie?

I was very excited to see this movie as the novel “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” is one of my favorite books. I also loved the fact that the author, Stephen Chbosky, was the director of the movie. A lot of movies that were books originally disappoint their viewers because they feel like the movie doesn’t exactly portray what the author is trying to say, but I knew this wouldn’t be the case. Another reason why I couldn’t wait to go see "Perks" was the cast – I am a big fan of Emma Watson and Logan Lerman and was curious to see how they would interpret some of my favorite characters.  

What did you expect going in?

I had high expectations, and figured the movie would be very good. I knew the movie wasn’t going to be better than the book – and I was right, the book is on an entirely different level. However, I still expected it to be funny, heartwarming, and touching. I expected some of the scenes to affect the audience as much as they did in the novel – and that was executed perfectly.

Describe your moviegoing experience

I wasn’t able to see it opening weekend, but maybe two weeks after that in New York. We got there quite early, and the theater was still almost entirely full. It became obvious that most of the crowd had read the book as everyone was…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “I like to keep updated about what’s happening in the world, but not out of obligation, to talk [about it with] someone else or for entertainment.” – Female, 25, MA

“Sexts, hugs, and rock ‘n roll.” That’s how BuzzFeed describes DigiTour, an 18-city bus tour bringing some of the most popular teens on social media to meet crowds of their screaming fans around the country this summer. Most of the digital celebrities involved don’t have traditional talent—but that doesn’t seem to matter. In 2014 the tour sold 120,000 tickets for 60 shows, and they are set to double that number this year. DigiTour could be the “clearest sign yet that the entertainment industry’s star-making apparatus is being turned upside down.” (A topic we explored in depth in our hot-off-the presses trend report.) (BuzzFeed)

As if that wasn’t evidence enough that young consumers are not like you…A recent poll on the American Dream revealed that Millennials’ views of success in America are not the same as older generations. Respondents under 30-year-olds were the most likely to say that having a job that paid well was crucial to attaining the American Dream (47%), and placed more importance on luxury items—travel and the latest technology—than other age groups (32%). (CNN Money)

Are you ready for some fireworks? Fourth of July spending is reportedly up, and 64.4% of consumers plan to celebrate the day. When we surveyed 13-32-year-olds about their plans, only 8% said they weren’t planning to celebrate. We also found that spending for Independence Day shows signs of increasing among Millennials and teens. In 2014 they estimated they would spend an average of $70.21—this year that number went up to $85.56. (MediaPost)

Watching and sharing video content is huge part of Millennials and teens’ online activity—and their mobile behavior. According to Ypulse’s February monthly survey, 50% of 13-32-year-olds say they watch videos on their phones once a day or more. So it makes sense that apps focused on viral video content are a growing category. Minute is a startup video app “for the ADD generation.” The platform finds the most viral parts of online video and turns them into short “Vine-like” clips. (TechCrunch)

Inclusion is becoming increasingly important to young consumers, and the Girl Scouts has made their stance on being an inclusive organization clear this week. The group returned a $100,000 donation after being told the money could not be used to support transgendered girls. To make up the funds, they set up an IndieGogo campaign on Monday, and launched a #ForEVERYGirl campaign to get the message out. The crowdfunding page has raised over $300,000 in three days. (Fast Company)

Want to know more about how young consumers will be spending for the holiday? Our 4th of July Infographic Snapshot has been opened to all our readers—you can click through to see a break down of the red, white, blue, and green in our coverage of what Millennials & teens are buying, and doing, for Independence Day this year. 83% of 14-32-year-olds say they are proud to be an American, and they’re planning to celebrate. Happy 4th everyone! 

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