onlytheycreate (onlytheycreate) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Love, Simon Author Responds to Fans Shipping the Title Gay Character With His Female Best Friend

– Becky Albertalli clarified a lingering question that's left fans scratching their heads: In her novel Simon Vs. The Homosapien Agenda about a closeted gay teen, recently adapted as a film where Simon is a closeted gay teen... Simon is, indeed, a closeted gay teen. Specifically gay. Exclusively gay. Exclusionarily (?) gay.
– The response originated from some fans saying they wanted Simon to end up with Leah, his best friend. After other fans of the film started criticizing one of them, they claimed denying Simon possibly being bisexual was biphobia and bisexual erasure and people shouldn't assign labels to him.
– The film inspired some fans to come out to their parents and friends as bisexual after its release. While this obviously is not the place, bisexual men are under represented in flim, television, and literature.

– Albertalli's new novel "Leah On the Offbeat" is a sequel to Simon and focuses on Leah where she comes to terms with being bisexual. It releases April 24th. She's also written "The Upside of Unrequited" and the upcoming "What If It's Us".

"In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, Love, Simon—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.
She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.
It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended."

ONTD, when have you seen (straight) fans ship gay male and female characters in straight relationships? And would you want to see a "Leah On the Offbeat" sequel film?

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Tags: books / authors, fandom / stan culture, lgbtq / rights, lgbtq film / media
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