Book Vs. Movie: Love, Simon

Posted July 20, 2018 by Amber in Bookish Things / 2 Comments

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I’m really surprised I haven’t seen more people in the book blogging community talking about Love, Simon.

When it was in production, Twitter was all about it.  Then it came out… and then people stopped talking about it?  We all moved on to the next thing, I guess.

I still think that Love, Simon is really important.  How many opportunity do gay teens have to see themselves on screen?  It’s not perfect to the book, but it’s a good standalone film. If you haven’t seen it, it’s really good.  It’s not like a stereotypical teen movie like High School Musical.  It’s a whole other ballgame.

And, seriously, if you’re a fan of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and you haven’t seen it… why haven’t you seen it?  You must!

Simon, for starters, is  perfect.  He’s down-to-earth and incredibly likable.  His family has this amazing rapport, even though both his sisters were combined into one. The acting is spot on – Simon Spier is everything you could ever want him to be.  He’s quirky and sweet and thoughtful.  I don’t think they could have cast him any better than Nick Robinson.

His reactions to his dad’s insensitive comments were amazing.  The way he watches people and the subtle reactions… it’s really good acting.  It’s difficult to watch a movie made from an introspective first person perspective because you lose that introspection.  Between the voiceover and the micro-expressions, Simon and his story are told extremely well.

The important scenes are perfect.

They are so, so perfect.  I won’t go into specifics because there may be people who haven’t read the book or seen the film, so I don’t want to ruin the good moments.  They’re so good, though.

I have issues with Leah in this story.  I appreciate that a little more of her personality and her story from Leah in the Offbeat is told, but she seemed so much more sugarcoated than she felt in the books to me.  In the film, Leah talks about being on the outside.  In the books, she is on the outside of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and is constantly second-guessing herself in Leah on the Offbeat.  Unless I’m remembering something wrong – tell me if I am.

I dunno.  She was still a good character, but she just didn’t feel like Leah to me?  Too happy and sociable, too trendy.  Katherine Langford reacts well.  Leah’s chemistry with other characters (especially Simon and Abby) is fantastic.  But she felt like a different Leah to me.

That’s really my only complaint, though.  Love, Simon is a fantastic movie.  It’s not perfect to the book, but it’s an incredible representation and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Are you a fan of the Creekwood books?

Have you seen Love, Simon?

What are some of your favorite book to film adaptations?

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2 responses to “Book Vs. Movie: Love, Simon

    • Amber

      It was so, so good. Not perfect the book, definitely not perfect, but on its own a GREAT movie. I think it flew really under the radar, too, which is too bad. I was really excited when it was showing in my local theatre. I live in he sticks… seriously I am an hour and a half away from any reasonably sized city and we are the only proper movie theatre in a thirty mile radius… and I was SO EXCITED that it was being shown here in a community that is largely not accepting of … well anything really. I hope those who needed to see themselves repped in a film got to see it. I’m not sure about box office stats on this one, but I hope it did well enough that more companies will take the “risk” of telling these kinds of love stories. 🙂 🙂 🙂