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Book and Movie Recommendations for 2021 Pride Month

To celebrate Pride Month, here are three of my favorite books/movies with LGBTQ+ representation:

Maurice by EM Forster

EM Forster wrote this book in 1913-14, inspired by the love affair of Edward Carpenter, a gay activist. Due to the public attitude towards same-sex love, the book was published after his death in 1971. It is a delicate yet passionate love story that captures how difficult society can make embracing one’s queerness in 20th century England (and 21st century India).

The protagonist, Maurice, meets Clive while studying at Cambridge University and eventually learns that he is “the Oscar Wilde sort”. The book tracks his love, and his sorrow in a poetic manner, becoming a dark academic dream.

 Kajillionaire directed by Miranda July

Watching this movie is like finding a beautiful, polished ring wrapped in a crusty toffee packet behind garbage cans that are overflowing with filthy, rotten stuff. The story, the characters, the visuals – everything is so refreshingly fun and unique.

All I want to reveal about this movie is that it’s a trap! It will reel you in with some good old dysfunctional-family humor and caricature characters, just to hit you with some wholesome, heartbreaking moments. The ridiculous plot camouflages the core that – ‘As humans, we just want to be loved!’

The queerness might take you a little by surprise but you won’t be able to wipe the grin off your face when you watch this love story unfold.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This book has taken the internet by storm and for all the right reasons. It’s a retelling of a classic Greek tale, but with the perspective it deserves. The speculation that Achilles and his dear friend Patroclus were lovers, has existed for years. This book embraces this possibility and makes the tale more tragic than it already is.

The style of writing is inspired by the prose of the Iliad, creating beautiful imagery and sentimental exclamations of love. The book also explores the treatment of women during the Trojan war and gives the insight we rarely see in books and movies about Greek mythology. It’s a hero’s journey most people are already familiar with but Madeline Miller has managed to breathe a new life into these gods by humanizing them.

If you’re looking to sob uncontrollably (in a good way), I recommend this to you.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication. SCMC does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

Chetana Bisht
(Batch 2022)