Hey reader friends. So, I re-read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and oh goodness did I forget some stuff. After re-reading the book, I realized how much it drives me nuts that certain things happen the way they do in the movie.
Now, listen, I do enjoy the Simon movie. Most of it is good. (I hated the principal, but we'll get to that in a second.)
So, if you've read the book and/or seen the movie, you know it's about teenager Simon Spier struggling with coming out. He goes to a school with very few out gay kids, and he knows he'll probably get a lot of shit because, you know, the south.
Anyway, when Simon gets blackmailed and then outed without permission here's what happened:
In The Book: Simon gets blackmailed by Martin (puke) and when Simon gets outed his friends are all like "Hey dude, we love you and we're going to be there for you so much!"
In The Movie: His friends didn't talk to him for weeks and just left him to his own devices in a place where other people were being absolutely horrific to him.
When Simon is trying to go through all these different guys to figure out who Blue is:
In The Book: He didn't think it could be Bram until last. Like, it never crossed his mind. Not even once until Bram was on the Tilt-a-Whirl with him.
In The Movie: Simon thought a couple times that it could have been Bram.
Now, my LEAST FAVORITE THING:
The principal (or was he the vice-principal?) was not even featured in the book. But!
In The Movie: That damn P/VP was horrible. Absolutely horrible.
#1: He tries WAY too hard to be all buddy buddy with his students. He is all like "Hey where did you get those shoes," and "Hey Simon let me tell you about my Tinder date?!" What kind of educational professional thinks it's okay to talk with your students about your Tinder dates? Or any dates for that matter? I mean, seriously?!??!??!
#2: This principal acts like he cares about his students and wants them to confide in them, and tells Simon "Oh, we have so much in common." But when that stupid jagoff finds out that Simon is gay, he becomes visibly uncomfortable, and tells Simon, "Oh, you know when I said we had a lot in common, I didn't mean..." and sort of stumbles over his words and wiggles a finger between himself and Simon. As if Simon being gay IS THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD, and he could NEVER EVER have that in common with him! God, It's been over a year since the first time I saw this movie, and I'm still fucking pissed about that.
#3: When Simon and Ethan get called to the office due to some kids that were bullying them, the Principal just ASSUMES that Simon and Ethan are dating? Because, as we all know, as soon as there are two gay people anywhere near each other they are automatically a couple.... And this dude keeps thinking that and shutting Simon down despite Simon telling him that Si and Ethan are not together.
Ok folks, so really,we all know there are going to be differences between books and movies. We expect that. But this was really getting on my nerves!
If you've seen the movie and read the book, what did you think of each, and what did you think of the differences? Let me know in the comments down below!
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