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Going Off Script
A TV show intern joins forces with her crush to stop their boss from ruining a queer character.see full description
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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, she's 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, but when they rewrite the proudly lesbian character as straight, that's the last straw: It's time for Bex and her crush to fight back.
I can't breathe. The script falls closed on my lap. His name is on the front, in all caps.
WRITTEN BY MALCOLM BUTLER.
It's my script. This is my episode. I look up at Malcolm, sitting at the head of the table, reading over the episode with a proud smirk. The other writers at the table read it over, too, all of them nodding approvingly.
"Wow," Jane says, like she's impressed. "So, to be clear, Lyla is Sasha's new love interest?"
Malcolm leans back in his chair. "Yep."
"Nice," Andy says. "Viewers are going to eat this up."
"I figured it's time to give the gays what they want," Malcolm says with a dry laugh.
What the fuck. No. I'm the one giving the gays what they want! And he can't say "the gays!" Only gays like me can say that. Fuck. There's so many things going wrong right now, I don't know where to start. My skin runs hot from anger, and I break out into a sweat. Conflicting thoughts race through my mind.
He stole my script.
But it's not exactly the same.
I should say something.
No one's going to believe me.
Writing TV is a collaborative process, maybe this happens all the time.
And he's the showrunner, so there's nothing I can do.
"This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams." —Seventeen on Queens of Geek
"Every now and again, I read something by an author and think, 'Thank God this person decided to write books for teens.'... Definitely fun for romance-loving readers, especially ones who’ll be thrilled to see a confidently genderqueer love interest." —The B&N Teen Blog on The Brightsiders
"The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue on Queens of Geek
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