Beschreibung bei Amazon About T. Klune The American author TJ Klune is well known for his unique and incisive takes on contemporary relationships and modern life. Set within the gay and lesbian genre, he has come to be regarded as one of the foremost GLBT writers of his generation, writing from a very real and authentic place. Focusing on the characters, he provides an insight that really is genuine, allowing each of them to come alive off of the page for the readers.
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I saw the movie a couple of years ago and this book has the same characters, same story development, same guy-gives-up-scholarship-to-take-care-of-small-child plot.
I watched the movie again after reading this book and there is no mistake that complete scenes, situations, etc. The scene where the best friend arrives at his house to find the older brother there is nearly the same. The same tension and awareness between the older brother and the hero are there in the book as was in the movie. In the movie and this book, his on-and-off girlfriend since grade school works at the same grocery store with him -- the book even mentions a bench and table outside the front entrance of the store which is in a scene in the movie.
All the characters have the same personalities in both the movie and the book. His girlfriend suspects his feelings for the older brother and they break up for good. He and the older brother get together, and then the hero breaks up with him.
The older brother eventually convinces the hero to move in with him and let him help raise the child in both the book and movie. Some of the scenes in the book where he remembers his mother drinking with a man at the kitchen table are exactly like the scenes in the movie where his sister is drunk and drinking with a man at the kitchen table.
In the movie, the sister never came back so there was no custody question. Also in the book, his best friend and ex-girlfriend end up together, which did not happen in the movie.
These are minor differences compared to the overwhelming parallels. EDIT: A couple of people said they saw no similarities or only superficial similarities between the movie Shelter and Mr. Klunes book. So I made a list. Lower middle-class. Fiercely loyal to the child. Struggles with his sexuality and the changes in his life. Spends a lot of time thinking. Best Friend BF Characterization both book and movie : 20ish.
College student out of town college. Loyal to MC. Talks trash about girls sometimes. Older Brother OB Characterization both book and move : 30ish. Moved away the southern California for a few years. Caring, supportive, and patient most of the time. Allows MC time and tells no one about their relationship. Likes the child and is good with him. Has loved MC for a long time. Wants to help MC and raise the child with him. Girl Friend GF Characterization both book and movie : 20ish.
Caring, intuitive, loyal. Knows MC inside and out. Angry when they break up for good, but loves MC and the child even after break up. Child Characterization both book and movie : Has anxiety issues and is extremely dependent on the Main Character. The child pretends to sleep. The BF talks crudely about girls and his career options after college. Book: One of the opening scenes is the MC driving to pick up his wealthy BF from the airport because he is coming home from college for summer.
The child is present. The BF talks crudely about "some girl he boned". Find another fantasy. MC freaks out when he wakes up the next day. MC freaks out. Book: His friends tell him he has a choice about taking on the care of the child and the MC insists he does not. They work at the same grocery store together. The grocery store has a bench and table near the front entrance. The sister smokes and drinks. There is a scene where the sister is drunk and still drinking with a man in their kitchen.
Book: The mother leaves Oregon to go with a man to an out-of-state location where the man has found a job. The mother smokes and drinks. There is a flashback scene where the mother is drunk and still drinking with a man in their kitchen.
Book: THe MC gave up a college scholarship in order to take on the care of his young brother. Discourages it. The house large and is on the beach. Book: The MC spend a lot of time just thinking about things extensive internal dialogue throughout the book. He watches it. Book: BF teases OB with many references to "fag" things and gay stereotypes.
The MC sometimes goes there by himself just to sit and think. Book: They all know of a secluded beach that no one ever went to, and the MC plans to have OB meet him there for a romantic dinner. Encourages it. Apparently he is not. MC thinks about what is best for the child. Asks when they can see him again. Book: The child likes OB a lot. OB tries to be patient. He also asks if guys give better head. He also asks if "butt sex" hurts.
Book: The MC remembers a time when his mother spent most of her time in her bedroom sleeping, depressed, and only leaving her room to buy cigarettes and bourbon.
Book: The BF gives a big party at his home. I always thought that we would…. THe MC drives over there to make up with him. All are happy. Movie Locations: Ocean-side towns on west coast. Many scenes are on the beach. Book Locations: Ocean-side towns on west coast. Some scenes are on the beach. The sister is present but unmotherly throughout most of the movie, while in the book the unmotherly mother is gone, but shows up in flashbacks and in person once. Surfing is used in the movie as an activity that allows the MC and OB to spend time together and bond.
The movie has limited time to diplay characterizations, so is concise with their development. The book uses entire chapters repeating these themes. The books spends chapters on internal dialogue of the MC where he broods about everything, including struggling with his feelings.
The core plot, characters, circumstances, and events found in the movie are intact in the book.
Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles
Over here at Insight Out! If I had read beforehand what this book is about, I may not have been so utterly shocked by what I found. How wrong can one man be? Well for me, wrongness led to what can only be described as so impossibly right that it pretty much destroyed me. Instead, it was a masterpiece penned by an author who with a flourish of his artful hand, slid his way into my heart, making himself proudly known as one of my new favourite genre authors. To start with, Derrick Bear was an infuriatingly well written, confused, gay-for-you protagonist that had me weeping at his situation.
Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles
I saw the movie a couple of years ago and this book has the same characters, same story development, same guy-gives-up-scholarship-to-take-care-of-small-child plot. I watched the movie again after reading this book and there is no mistake that complete scenes, situations, etc. The scene where the best friend arrives at his house to find the older brother there is nearly the same. The same tension and awareness between the older brother and the hero are there in the book as was in the movie. In the movie and this book, his on-and-off girlfriend since grade school works at the same grocery store with him -- the book even mentions a bench and table outside the front entrance of the store which is in a scene in the movie. All the characters have the same personalities in both the movie and the book. His girlfriend suspects his feelings for the older brother and they break up for good.
Bear, Otter, and the Kid Series