Sunday, November 8, 2020

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book, published in 2015, was filmed as Love, Simon in 2018.  It's a teen rom-com with a twist: the boy is gay. It worked nicely as a two-hour film, so I wondered how the book might be different. It turns out it differs by a lot.  The basic story is still there in both versions, but in the film the details and scenes are all amped up to simplistic Hollywood movie proportions, sometimes at the expense of logic and character motivations. The book is more real to life, but it is very simplistically written. It's all plot and little art, but it's at least readable. (The "bonus" materials in the copy I read are all insignificant, the author and friends gushing over meeting Actors, and two teasers for other books by Albertalli that aren't very interesting.)

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