Sunday, 3 December 2017

Spotlight Sunday: Diversity Recs - Why The 'Love, Simon' Movie Is So Important!

Hello my lovely readers! Today for Spotlight Sunday: Diversity Recs I decided to talk about one of the most awesome things that happened this week, and that is the release of the 'Love, Simon' trailer! If you're not familiar, 'Love, Simon' is the name of the upcoming mainstream movie based on Becky Albertalli's fabulous book 'Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda'. It looks so freaking amazing and I can't wait to see it! Specifically though I wanted to talk about why this movie is such a big deal and what it means to the LGBT community.

Firstly, this is a mainstream movie. It's not a little independent studio taking on this book. It's big. It's real. It's a big, real film about a gay teen, and that is huge. Rarely before has the LGBT community had such amazing representation in mainstream cinema, and we could not be more excited about it! I've watched the trailer myself a good few times and I keep getting even more excited each time I do; it just looks so amazing. True to the book, yes, but also on its own just a wonderful romance with a gay teen at its heart. Perfect.

Secondly, of course, the film isn't just about someone who is gay. It's about a gay teen. That's huge in itself. I'm sure I won't be the only person in their mid 20's still figuring out who they are in this crazy world, but I'm sure I would have figured a lot of it out sooner if I'd had such wonderful accurate rep in mainstream media and books as a teen. So for this movie to come out when there will be a whole generation of teens struggling with those same issues is just wonderful.

Lastly, the messages in the book, and therefore no doubt in the film, are so poignant, so applicable to today's world.

"Straight people should have to come out too."

"There shouldn't even be a default."

Those powerful messages are going to be in a mainstream movie and wow... That's just... Wow.

I honestly cannot wait for this movie to finally be released. It will be a long time coming indeed, in more ways than one.

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Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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