For the past few weeks, I’ve been racking my brain to come up with a good post for the always awesome Sati’s first ever blogathon, and a good four hours before the deadline, I cracked it! The rules (which, as m.brown pointed out, are redundant) included choosing a character that you love and would like to see as a leading character in the movie and writing why you chose this character and what that movie would be like with a goal to focus on minor characters who have between 1-5 scenes.
Candace from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
There is a deleted scene in Perks which, if it had not been a deleted scene, would’ve made the film win my heart with the first time I watched it, not the second time. If you’ve read the novel this film is based on, you know that a heartbreaking part in it was when Charlie’s sister Candace found out she was pregnant. Charlie and Candace are estranged by this point, but when Candace finally breaks down to Charlie, admitting she’s gotten pregnant, accidentally, and he goes with her as she gets an abortion, they start growing closer together again. This type of rawness is something I’d loved in the novel and longed for when I saw the film and a spin-off film about Candace, who is left only a minor character in the film, could be amazing.
The deleted scene, starting from 0:50. I want to punch WordPress for not working with me in embedding the video. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Candace is portrayed by Nina Dobrev, and if you know me, you know I love-love-love her in The Vampire Diaries and having seen her emotional spectrum there, I’m more than positive that she could give Candace all the nuances the film left out and maybe even more than Chbosky — author of the novel, writer of the screenplay and director of the film — ever did in the novel. The film wouldn’t be just her point of view of Perks with the deleted scene included, it would be about who Candace is, directed by someone other than Chbosky (whose direction on Perks showed me how sometimes, a film really doesn’t work as wekk as a direct adaption from a great novel), but with keeping her character intact. Candace is a very subtle character, with a lot of vulnerability inside her, she’s a victim of abuse who learns to stand up for herself — and that could make for a great film.
I read somewhere that it’s good the abortion and physical abuse were cut from Perks as it kept the film from turning into a melodrama — I don’t agree, I think it’s a cowardly opinion, but that’s not the point here, the point is that it was cut and for whatever reason it was, ratings or melodramatism, it’s enough of a theme to make another film. One that observes and analyses more than just lists what happens, which Perks often felt like to me. So much subtlety was cut from the film, especially from Candace’s character, and I’d love to see it. It would be interesting to see Charlie from someone other’s perspective than himself’s, too, because I’m still convinced he’s an unreliable narrator, whatever was in the film. Candace’s point of view of that city and that school and these events — and the ones that followed and what happened before — would make a hell of a story.
We’d see Candace for a longer period of time than Perks covers, which makes sense as Candace’s older. There’s a reason for what she lets guys do to her and seeing that reason explored in the hands of a great writer/director couple would be beautiful. It would offer closure to her, too, more than “Candace decided to ditch her boyfriend and go stag to the prom” (that made me so freaking angry in the film!) It would have to be in college, some kind of a big event proving that Candace has grown, that she won’t let guys, or actually, anyone but herself define who she is.
And we would be hitting two birds with one stone, too — the universe of Perks deserves to be retold in a better way in cinema and Nina Dobrev deserves a better film career.
She would pull this role off. Holy shit, she would.
THANK YOU, SATI, for creating this awesome blogathon (waiting for the next one already ;)) and damn, I can’t wait for the overview post to read all the entries!!