Now for me it was the exact opposite in high school. I was a well known athlete and student leader. The straight-ish boys I had sex with, usually under cover of enough alcohol so we could both claim impaired judgment should the need arise, were positively amnesiac about the encounters we had. I am sure it is partly due to the fact that everyone assumed I was completely straight since I had a Darius-like reputation with the ladies and I had had a couple well known conquests (interesting stories in themselves).
Why doesn't it surprise me you were some golden boy in high school? In any event, Will doesn't have that kind of luxury because he is out, and a guy can't go, "Well, Will's straight too so what we did wasn't gay." It's a trade-off, but probably worth it that Will doesn't have to go through any kind of inner turmoil about his sexuality. There really is something cool about having a guy totally confident in what his sexuality is at 14. It took me all the way to 17 before I was completely cool with it
I like that Will, although he's not an outcast, isn't Mr. Social Leader at HW the way Brad and Matt were at their respective high schools. He seems to be more along the vein of guys that were pretty much cool with everybody, and didn't hang out with a specific crowd ala Andy in Cross-Currents. Those guys were always the most fun and relaxed. I like that so far, Will seems like he's going to march to the beat of his own drum instead of being all consumed with trying to gain the power of school popularity like we saw with Brad and Matt. Will is going to meet a lot more varied and interesting people that way. He'll be the kind of guy that can hang with the jocky types, and with the emo artist types, to the theater and band geeks. That'll be cool.
I mean, I'm not saying that high school teen movies are completely off, but my high school experience wasn't "jocks vs. the nerds" the way it seemed to be in movies. It was more like the punk artist kids against the diva theater/vocal types, while the band kids humped each other like bunnies as the communication kids stood off to the side and smoked pot. Bitchy dancers took the place of the bitchy cheerleaders. In the end, we were all too into our own thing to really care about what the "Golden Kids" were up to.
Edited by methodwriter85, 29 December 2011 - 06:24 PM.