Say what you may, but representation is important. That statement traverses any and all form of media, especially films that are easily amongst the most widely consumed of them, standing at the narrow cusp of art and entertainment. Representation of homosexuality and homosexual relationships especially, I believe, has historically been a part of a wide spectrum, from the careful sensitivity of ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’, to a tale of intense, forbidden love in ‘Brokeback Mountain’, to the best in modern times in my opinion, ‘Call Me By Your Name’, that’s better characterized as a breezy summery romance first, and an LGBT film later. In these, I am willingly discarding caricatures or the kind of LGBT characters that were earlier thrown in for “laughs” since they hardly are representations, so to say.
The latest irresponsible representation from ‘It: Chapter 2’ notwithstanding, 2018 saw a charming coming-out, coming of age tale, ‘Love, Simon’, touted as the first major studio-backed gay teen romance. All of that may just be media hype, but the film left me with a wide smile plastered on my face, which is rare for films based on homosexuality that usually take the route of hardships along the way or social awareness. Not that those are not important; the high heavens know we need more of those. But sometimes, simple, positive films that are not looking to change the world also do the deed. While there already were talks of a sequel based on the spin-off sequel of the book, ‘Leah on the Offbeat’, Disney announced that they will be developing a series for its exclusive streaming service based on the film, and the first novel, ‘Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ but with a different protagonist at its helm. Here is everything we currently know about it.
Love, Simon Plot: What Is It About?
The first and foremost confirmation we have about the show being developed at Disney+ is that it’s neither a direct sequel, nor a rehash of the same story. Instead, ‘Love, Simon’ the series will have a new protagonist placed in the same setting as the film, focusing on a completely different group of people, who may or may not be present in the series. In that, the core story—of a boy coming to terms with his sexuality and identity, and coming-of-age in the process of finding love for himself while navigating family troubles and dynamics with friends—remains essentially the same, with minor adjustments to suit the series’ longer narrative.
The film, ‘Love, Simon’ revolves around Simon Spier, a closeted gay high school kid who falls in love with an anonymous person from his school while chatting online. His secret is inadvertently cast out to the school and Simon’s life is turned upside down that day. How Simon comes to terms with being forcefully outed, his friends, family, their acceptance, and finding the guy he fell in love form the rest of the story. Needless to say, the film had a perfectly happy ending with Simon being universally accepted, and united with the guy he fell in love with, Bram. The film closes with them dating, and Simon picking him up for school along with his friends, choosing to skip school that day, and going on an adventure. Bit of a perfect swan song in my opinion, but it fit. Much needed I’d say.