*Warning this post may contain spoilers from the book Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda and from the movie Love, Simon. Consider yourselves warned.*
Last week, I finished readingSimon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda. It was an amazing book! I fell in love with Simon and connected with him and his life. Now, as I think I have mentioned before, I have dyslexia. This can cause my text comprehension to be lower and my reading to be slower than some people. Usually a book will take me a few weeks to read, sometimes months. This book took me three days to read. I really ate it up! However, I did not connect to it as much as I did with the movie, though I still prefer the book.
I saw the movieLove, Simonwith my two best friends last weekend. There were many unnecessary changes from the book to the movie. I still sobbed at various parts and I have to give the movie some credit. It was great! I want to go and see it again, but I shall wait until they have it on DVD.
Here are a few of the pros and cons I found while watching the movie:
Where in the world are Simon's glasses?
Why does Leah have a crush on Simon? Her crush is supposed to be on Nick!
What happened to Simon's older sister?
Why change Simon’s email address? There is no good reason for this.
Bram kissing aGirl?????
Bram is considered more seriously as perhaps being Blue (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) than he is in the book!
I was really looking forward to the scene where Cal was pushing Simon down the hallway on a wheely chair! Where is it? I needed it!!
Cal in the book was bisexual and asked out Simon. This was omitted in the movie. ☹️
Although it helps show some of the struggles of being gay, it glosses over the real struggles that often accompany coming out.
(As some of you who have both read the book and seen the movie may know, most of my cons are changes between the two.)
First of all, it’s gay… That is a huge pro right there.
This movie opens up so many doors to future representation of the LGBT+ community in the media!!! If this movie was to keep the trend going to allow more screen time for gay characters, it would help lower heteronormativity and give us the representation we need, including happy endings.
Think of how much this screen time helps show that being gay isn't bad and break other stereotypes. There is no real difference between queer and straight people.
This movie may help gay people be able to come out.
It gives LGBTQ+ people all around hope for a better, more inclusive future.
Furthermore, in the book and the movie, Simon talks about everyone having to come out, no matter their sexuality. They really portrayed it well in the movie. It touched me so much and still makes me cry now. Simon and I share a dream where there is no norm: you have to come out no matter if you are gay, straight, trans or cis. Just as I mentioned in my previous post.
Let this movie be a step towards a world where we can be free to be who we are and love who we choose. Let this movie be a step towards getting rid of heteronormativity.Thisis the kind of representation we need. Hopefully this shows big production houses that we want a lot more of shows and movies like this. The ball was given a push in the right direction. Now, let's keep it rolling.
Let's make cinema gayer. Let's change the norm. Together, wecan.