Simon vs the homo-sapiens agenda (Becky Albertelli) and the Love, Simon (2018) adaptation

Earlier this week I ventured out of my reading room to see Love, Simon. It was awesome, hugely cringey and teen-melodrama of course, but there were huge chunks of it that just hit me like a freight train. I was definitely crying at some points. I am so glad that teenagers have this movie, honestly I could have done with something similar when I was younger. (If you’re new to this blog, welcome, I am very openly a lesbian). So, when I went into town to pick up my copy of Circe(!!!) I also picked up the book that Love, Simon is based on: Simon vs the Homo-sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli.

 

I think it’s hard watching then reading, or reading then watching. You can’t help drawing comparisons. It is impossible for me to separate the two, I can’t not compare Book to Film. The book starts at what would be about a third of the way through the movie. In the book we don’t get the start of Blue and Simon’s correspondence until the very end. I suppose you could say it starts in the middle, and I really like how the book starts and how it progresses. I feel there was more drama in the film, and a lot of the relationships between people (eg between Simon and his sister Nora, ect) are different in the film to the book.

In the book, life doesn’t feel quite so awkward. Simon has a very entertaining sense of humour, and his parents are quite entertaining and convinced they are totally cool hipster parents. Simon is oblivious to a lot of things, it’s adorable. He makes Harry Potter references, and has such good friendships. His sister Nora is completely different in the book and the film, and I feel that Leah (Simon’s best friend) is as well. I think I preferred their film personalities.

This is a very cutesy rom-com, and I think that it’s amazing because it’s about love and friendship as well as being closeted and afraid. There are a lot of “coming out” books where it can be really painful, and SvsHSA is just so damn adorable. I also really liked how it started in the middle, so it doesn’t just end after the big climax – you see what happens between Simon and Blue after Creeksecrets, and after it’s all been resolved. I liked that. And it’s full of nineties references and all sorts of great jokes, and there are parts that are hilarious because they are just so damn true, so it’s a pretty cool read.

Exhibit A:

I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.
Anyway, it really makes you worry about all the hype surrounding sex.

Simon vs the Homo-sapiens Agenda – Simon’s first beer.

Exhibit B

Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi or whatever. I’m just saying.

Simon vs the Homo-sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertelli

I think, on balance, this is one of those rare occasions where I preferred the film to the book. The book is excellent, but the film made me cry, and all my favourite lines and parts of the film (Spoiler Alert: I get to exhale.) were not in the book because it’s the same plot, but quite a different narrative structure – films and books are just built differently. I don’t know how else to explain it. Conversely, there are parts of the book I really enjoyed that weren’t in the film, and some cracking one liners that wouldn’t make sense in the film-verse.

As far as book reviews go, I apologise, this is quite a lame review. It’s just kind of an emotional belugh onto my computer screen. However the book and the film are different enough and I really enjoyed both versions. I really, really recommend you see Love, Simon, and I really hope you enjoy the book as well.

Have you seen Love Simon yet?! Or read the book?! They’re both amazing, and you should.

Bea 

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