Why We All “Love, Simon”
Hello. My name is Jennifer Miechowicz and I have an obsession with reading Young Adult novels. It started from my middle-school Harry Potter days and developed into meet and greets for beloved authors in genres of all kinds. “Why does this matter?” you may ask. In 2015, I purchased a couple of books at Barnes and Noble: one of them being “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda”. You may know this better as the book that inspired the 2018 hit film “Love, Simon”.
It took a while to get through my “To Be Read” the stack before I picked up “Simon”. I loved the book; in fact, I finished it in one day.
Being a YA lover, coming across a novel with a gay character isn’t unusual. It’s a variably common, especially for side characters. However, it is uncommon the come across a good book with this kind of character. I put “Simon” on my long-list of recommendations and didn’t think about too much.
Until a major motion picture was announced of it.
Books are one thing, but to have a blockbuster film with this plotline is huge. I immediately knew that “Love, Simon” was going to become something big.
You may not have noticed (but I doubt it) the topic of homosexuality is very much a controversy. In June 2013, same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States. Though this was major step towards progress, discrimination and hate against the LGBTQ+ community is still prevalent among society. This is what makes “Love, Simon” was a big deal.
I can make a list of what makes “Love, Simon” so impactful. In fact, I will:
- The main character Simon Spier is a closeted, gay high-schooler.
- Online relationships are put at the forefront of film, addressing the commonality of social media (ex: dating apps, Facebook) being the factor of most relationships today.
- There are multiple African-American leads (something that Hollywood struggles to devote roles to to date).
- The concept of homosexuality is brought upon with insight from parents, peers and school facility.
- Homosexuality is shown not just through Simon as the lead, but through a handful of characters from multiple ethnic backgrounds.
- The film captures the hard truths someone who is coming-out has to deal with. (ex: rejection, ignorance, bullying)
- The film doesn’t try to cover up the “nitty-gritty” facts with ulterior plot-lines, like other films have done in the past.
- Homosexuality from a young age is addressed.
Just to name a few.
“It’s like they have this idea of me, and whenever I step outside of that, it blows their minds. There’s something so embarrassing about that in a way I can’t even describe.”
— Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Though not all stories are like Simon’s, most people (I assume) can relate. Coming-out is hard. It’s revealing a piece of your life that people around you may not understand, or don’t want to be a part of. Even if you aren’t coming out as gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, you can be coming out for something else, for example, a passion, a secret.
In a world where kids my age watch people being hated upon for being who they are, “Love, Simon” is the film we needed.
On a final note: To those who are struggling to come out, people are here for you. I will be the first to admit that you might not get the best reaction for who you love. People may treat you like Simon. That doesn’t mean there isn’t hope. Love isn’t like it is in the movies (even Love, Simon), no matter what sexuality you are. That doesn’t mean there is none out there. Who you love doesn’t change who you are. It only makes you stronger. Here is a link to the Trever Project, a community that focuses on helping the LGBTQ youth.
If you want to see “Love, Simon”, click here to go to Fandango.
For those who have seen the film, click here to find a list of places to add to your bucket-list for you are your future (or current) S/O to travel to. (Because if you are like me, this film makes you feel a ‘need to go on an adventure.)
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