Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Easy A, Get It?

Ok, so I just watched the cutest movie. I updated my Facebook status to reflect that so for those of you who are my friends on FB sorry, but you just heard me say it's a cute movie twice. I love the main character, I love the girl who played her, and I love that she referenced all the movies I watched growing up. And seriously, I love that I now know that Patrick Dempsey was the guy in Can't Buy Me Love, a movie I haven't seen since like 5th grade but I still have practically memorized vaguely remember.

If you haven't seen this movie and you want a nice light no-actual-sex-scenes-but-some-really-funny-sex-sounds movie, this is the one for you. And if you're a fan of Redbox, let me give them a free shout-out and say it'll be the best dollar and eight cents you've spent all week.


I do have two thoughts that have come about from watching this movie.

First: How does one "lose" their virginity anyway??? OK, so I'm not the first or the last person to say this but it needs to be said because maybe out there somewhere is a girl who has not yet "lost it." Call it the V-card, your flower, whatever the heck it is, you cannot lose it. Unless you are so very very drunk that you cannot actually remember a single moment of the three-and-a-half ten minutes it takes for your first time, you will know exactly where it has gone. And chances are, the next morning you'll wish you could go there and take it back. And don't be too quick with giving it away, either.

Ok. Stepping off the soap box.

Second: Are all of the Christians in high school really that obnoxious? Was I that obnoxious? Am I that obnoxious? I'd like to think that once little miss Christian Cheerleader of America goes to college and experiences some real life, she'll figure out that the Jesus she loves really kinda doesn't groove on that self-absorbed, holier-than-thou attitude. But still, why the stereotype? Ok sure, it's a movie rife with them, so I guess it's ok. Not trying to knock the movie here, {SPOILER ALERT-GO TO NEXT PARAGRAPH} because other than the fact that our heroine is still cool with the idea of giving away her V-card at some random time in the future, she did not, in fact, do so during the entire film. Kudos to her.

But you know what I'd love to see/read? I'd love to follow a story about a girl who goes to high school and loves Jesus but gives her boyfriend blow jobs because they figure that's not really sex, right? And how she goes to college and finds out that whoops--it was. And how she swears, and wears slutty clothes every now and then because even though she loves Jesus her self-worth is still tied up with what others think of her--or what they think of how she looks, anyway.

And no, that is not an autobiography. What it is, is an authentic story about a Christian girl who's still living in this world, and doesn't quite get how to be a part of the next.

Perhaps it's a plot treatment for something I should write.

But here's the rub--literally--if my audience is high-school kids, and I'm trying to undergird the whole story with the love of Christ... should I write about the blowjobs?

No really, I want to know. What do you think?

And... have you read any books like this?


  1. I think authentic is the key word here. It's not easy being in high school and a Christian and that could totally happen.

    The movie sounds really cute and my 16yr old liked it. I will check it out! :-)

  2. I just watched a movie last weekend too and was shocked what the so-called high school kids were doing... drugs, alcohol, sex, partying all night any old time. No sign of parents anywhere. Not realistic at all.

    It is not easy to be a Christian in high school. Luckily we're blessed with the friends my 16 yo has so far. She and a few other kids do a bible study in the school once a week. Pretty great group of kids.

    I remember Can't Buy Me Love. LOVED that movie!

  3. I am often amazed at what they do stick in a movie! Sounds like you need to be a screenwriter:)


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