Simon vs the Homo Sapiens is a book I haven’t put on any of my rec lists. It’s not time for an unpopular opinion like GOD I REALLY HATE THAT BOOK. But maybe you will see those words I put in capital letters and be tempted to read. Is that clickbait? Hey, lots of websites do it, why can’t this little blog join in? Anyway, Simon is one book I’m confident people already love or will find anyway when looking for gay teen fiction.
But with the movie coming out, I wanted to talk about the Simon franchise a bit. I read one Love, Simon appreciation article from GLAAD that I enjoyed:
Love, Simon should not be held to a higher standard than any of its heterosexual contemporaries. When discussing any film from the litany of teenage rom-coms, no one is ever going to ask, “But do straight teens really need Teen Beach 2?” In my opinion, it comes down to this: If straight teens are allowed to happy-ending rom-coms, queer teens deserve at least the same. The good news for us is Love, Simon delivers that and more.
I have to give some love to the book and the movie Love, because I am all for the lighter side of queer representation, especially when targeted towards youth. We deserve lots of happy gay rom-coms and I hope this is only the first of many. That reminds me of a tumblr post I saw once asking for a Grease remake with Taylor Swift as Sandy and Kristen Stewart as Danny. Who do I pay/threaten to make that happen?