Sometimes, when reading a book, I have the feeling that the author just really needed to say something so she has a character say it … even if it’s not strictly central or necessary to the plot. In this case, I was delighted to find the following passage because Celia Door says something so well – in just the words I’ve wished I had, but never seem to have at my command when they are needed.
From Page 152:
“Ugh, that movie was stupid,” the other girl said.
“I know, everything is zombies now. That movie was so gay,” said the salesgirl.
“What did you say?” I asked.
The girls looked surprised, as if I has just walked over to their private table in a restaurant and asked to sit down. “We’re just talking about the movie with the zombie aliens,” the salesgirl said dismissively.
“But what did you call it?” I asked. I could feel Drake shift uncomfortably next to me and take a small step away.
“I said it was stupid, don’t bother seeing it,” said the girl.
“But you didn’t say ‘stupid,'” I said, my voice getting a little louder. “You said it was ‘gay.'”
“Oh, yeah, whatever, I didn’t mean it literally.”
“No, you said ‘gay’ like that was another word for ‘stupid’ or ‘lame.'”
“A lot of people say that,” one of the other girls broke in, “she didn’t mean it in a mean way. She’s cool with gay people.”
“Well, if you’re cool with gay people, then why don’t you choose another word to use so you don’t offend anyone?”