Ive published fourteen novels, had nine screenplays optioned, and had two of my projects turned into feature films. My first novel, Geography Club , is the story of a gay teen named Russel Middlebrook. It was one of the first in a new wave of break-out LGBTQ young adult fiction, and it was adapted as a feature film in I tried to give these books a lot of humor and heart. In , I continued Russels story as he grew up, into his twenties, in a new, stand-alone series called Russel Middlebook: The Futon Years.
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Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. It was one of the first in a new wave of break-out LGBTQ young adult fiction, and it was adapted as a feature film in I tried to give these books a lot of humor and heart. These books are "new adult" making Russel one of very few literary characters to "jump" genres in projects created by the same author. I love mysteries and thrillers. In fact, I no longer have a home. Instead, I travel the world indefinitely with my husband, writer Michael Jensen, moving to a new country every few months.
If I had to describe my own writing projects, I would say, "Strong central concept, strong plot, strong character and voice. But I think "story" is a lot more than "beautiful language" or complicated camera angles, which I often find self-indulgent and distracting. In most cases, I think the important thing for a writer or filmmaker is to get out of the way and just tell the damn story. I answer all questions, so feel free to contact me on social media, or through my website: BrentHartinger.
Plot[ edit ] Russel Middlebrook is keeping a secret from his two best friends, Min, a bright Chinese American girl, and Gunnar, a bright and socially awkward boy. Neither of them knows he is gay and that he has been visiting an internet chat room to chat with other gay teens. When he discovers another guy from his high school in the room Russel is keen to meet up. He is surprised but pleased to find out his online friend is the popular Kevin Land. Russel shares this news with Min who says that she is bisexual and has a girlfriend, the soccer-playing Terese. The group meets and decides on the Geography Club name to keep it private. Russel is reluctant to go on the date but agrees to do it for Gunnar, as this would be the only way for him to go on a date.
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I cried harder the second time. We all lived in a world where being different is bad, ridiculed and not welcome. I think it is a bit ironic that people keep telling us to be different, to think different. But here we are getting shit for being different. And that even more suck in high school where they say has the best memories but it is also where anyone can find themselves in a toughest situation.