Let's be honest: filmmakers don't often add LGBTQ representation when adapting a book to a film. But that's exactly what happened with Netflix's new Christmas-themed teenage novel . And the authors had a strong reaction to the added plot.
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances it's a 2008 anthology of stories of young adults by the authors Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson and pre – Fault in Our Stars John Green . And while it took more than a decade to adapt the book into a movie, the authors are excited about the finished product.
Netflix's Let it Snow keeps the book Present love – esque approach to tell interconnected stories. But the writers have added a new story, with two girls struggling to admit their feelings. Although this marks a significant departure from the book, Lauren Myracle has understood the value of the new plot. Here's what he said BuzzFeed News :
Having a heteronormative history all around would be abnormal. It would be strange. The film version is much more satisfying.
Liv Hewson was also struck by the changes from page to screen. He stressed that the approach that filmmakers adopted to tell a lesbian story seemed real. In an interview on the red carpet with MEAWW , she He said:
Going to high school is really difficult, and some people are not able to go out in high school in the same way as others.
Some spoiler forward: in the movie Netflix, Dorrie (Liv Hewson) approaches Kerry (Anna Akana) at the restaurant where she works, but at the start is rejected. Later in the film, Kerry reveals to Dorrie that she hasn't come out yet. Their story ends with a somewhat ambiguous note, since Kerry admits his feelings for Dorrie, despite his continued fear of being completely open about his sexuality. John Green admired the complexity that writers Let It Snow led to their story:
What made it difficult for them to be together is that the world we live in is not a world of equality that must be … I hope it is changing for many young people, who feel supported. I hope more young people feel supported when they go out and they are what they are, because surely it was different when I went to high school.
In recent years, The LGBTQ representation has slowly begun to increase in TV and movies. And John Green thinks that these more inclusive stories should be commended:
I think it's important to celebrate those moments. They don't always happen in pop culture, they should always happen, but I think it's important to celebrate them.