On the one hand yes! On the other, no. I haven’t had much luck with fangirl / writer based novels of late–not since The Princess and the Fangirl–and as a result, I’m somewhat wary of Going off Script by Jen Wilde. Funnily enough, as often as I consistently say I’m not a huge fan of contemporary novels, I do find myself tempted by them more than I’d expect. I think this is because I actually happen to love contemporary romantic comedy films. I’m not entirely sure why that love hasn’t fully transferred over to novels.
Regardless, I’m actually quite excited to give this one a read. Especially since it touches on the subject of LGBTQ portrayals in the entertainment industry.
A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.
Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.
Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back.
Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.
How about you? Does the script writer’s plot interest you? What do you think of the–possibly overdone, but in a good way–plot where another steals someone’s written work and passes it off as their own? And the diversity rep? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!