A lot of them film fanatics will always question:
Why read the book, when you can see the movie?
Because the book is always better. Duh!
But is it, really?
A Blog Post Series about my thoughts on the age-old question: Book Vs Movie?
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
The book was a 5 Star read for me, and I have written a review about how much and why I loved this book in this post. While I can go on about what was missing from the book ( trust me there are a lot of things missing and I am kinda sad about it) I would like to first tell you what I did like.
The casting was perfect. I got to see Hannah Baker and Alex from “13 Reasons Why” which was so cool. I totally had a fangirl moment when I saw Alex as Cal Price in the Movie. I loved Simon ‘s awkwardness and Abby was literally so hot! I liked Blue’s character as well, and he was just as I imagined him to be. Also, Simon’s Dad! He is so adorable. That is one character I really loved which isn’t really much in the book.
“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”
I absolutely loved how the movie adapts Simon’s Imagination. The Awkwardness of him hoping every guy he interacts with is Blue or how everybody should have to declare their sexuality. It was hilarious and made the movie so much more interesting and humorous. I also loved how we got to see so much more of Bram, and the last scene on the Ferris wheel is so fucking adorable. I cried! I also loved how the teacher and the school principal reacted towards the bullying which was so very comforting to watch.
Also, Simon’s Room! I totally want that chalkboard wall behind my bed.
While the main concept and story was well adapted by the movie, I hated the little details that were not mentioned or changed in the movie.
Firstly, The movie did not stress so much on Simon’s Harry Potter Fandom, or the scene where he dressed up as a Dementor. There wasn’t much to see of the group together at Nick’s Basement playing video games which I think would have been nice to see them bond. The fact that Leah loved Simon and not Nick in the movie came like the most surprising and unnecessary change to me, which I was highly disappointed about.
The part which I missed most and would have loved to see in the movie was the scene where Bram hangs an Elliot Smith Shirt on Simon’s Locker. It was the cutest thing in the book. They also did not have the Gay Bar scene or his Younger Sister and Leah performing. Bram doesn’t even come back after the show, and they don’t even show his elder sister helping him sneak some time alone with his boyfriend. ><
I know it sounds like I did not like the movie so much, because of all the things it did not have. I honestly really loved the whole message and story which the movie has managed to deliver, that I don’t really care much about the details. The movie was really good, but if you really want to enjoy the details… you gotta read the book.
I absolutely loved the diversity and a coming of age modern gay love story, which I guess paves the way for more such stories featuring LGBT main characters.
Now finally coming on to the question of Book Vs Movie?
As good as the movie was, and I swear it was amazing, I did enjoy the book more. The book had details which made the story more intense that is not in the movie, to which I agree that it is hard for a 300 pages book to be converted into a 2 Hour movie.
The Verdict? A beautiful movie… but like always.. an even better book!
Have you read this book or watched the movie? Let’s discuss in the comments!
Also, if you like this post, let me know which other books that have been made into movies I should try!