A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): N is for Naomi and Ely’s No-Kiss List

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NOTE: Changes are happening! I’m no longer filtering these movies through the W-story structure, because it’s too rigid. Instead I’ll be using Jami Gold’s Basic Beat Sheet. BUT if you liked Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method, you can find info all about it here.

Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.

Also SPOILER WARNING.

We are now officially past the halfway mark – yay! For my ‘N’ movie I decided to watch Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.

And breaking it down:

Inciting incident: Naomi and Ely are inseparable –> neighbors and besties, they are two peas in a pod. One thing they’ve promised themselves is never let a boy get between them; hence the need for the ‘no-kiss list’ (filled with hot guys Naomi and Ely both promise to avoid romantically for fear of hurting the other). Why are they going to this trouble? Well, a few years back Naomi’s dad had an affair with one of Ely’s moms, and it split apart the families. Ever since Naomi’s mom has been in this catatonic state of denial, drugging and drinking the pain away. So Naomi clings to Ely even more, and she’s upset that he doesn’t feel any of the romantic feelings she has for him, or as she put it that he’s “totally gay”.

End of the beginning: Naomi has several chances to tell Ely she loves him, in particular when she’s lying in his bed with his arms wrapped around her and he’s soothing her to sleep (she’s had a bad day with her mom).

Pinch point #1: Clingy Naomi is having a hard time adjusting to college. She doesn’t see Ely as much as she’d like, even though she’s made her first ‘girl’ friend, Robin and is currently dating a really sweet (Canadian) guy, Bruce. But whenever she has the chance to hang out with Ely she forgets everyone else, including Gabriel – the cute doorman they both like. Her clinging to Ely is so bad she doesn’t like that he’s dating other guys more openly now than he did in high school, and she brings him along to her date with Bruce (*gasp* I know right?). Gabriel is added to the no-kiss list. Meanwhile Naomi and her mom have been financially cut off my Naomi’s dad and they’ll need to find a way to pay the bills. Naomi knows she’ll have to bear the brunt as her mom is just not ready to leave her bed covers and face the world as a divorcee. Naomi and Bruce almost have sex, but they’re interrupted. She admits to Ely that she isn’t interested in Bruce that way; she doesn’t feel a click.

Midpoint: When her mom tries to ‘renovate’ her closet and takes a sledgehammer to the walls, Naomi gets her under control and she runs off to find Ely to vent to. Finally locating him at a club they frequent, she realizes that there isn’t room for her with the Ely male fan club. After some guy steals Ely’s dance from her, Naomi catches them kissing and she leaves. It’s a slap in the face for her (wake up, gurrrrl, your bff is gay).

Pinch point #2: Keeping it together, Naomi leans on her friend, Robin, more and they do some girl bonding over talk of boys and virginity (in the library, lol). Meanwhile in Ely land Bruce is waiting on Naomi and Ely invites him in from the hall. They connect over X-men comics and they kiss. Both agree they enjoyed it and they kiss some more. Ely can’t hold it in, so when he’s shopping Halloween costumes with Naomi he tells her. Naomi goes into blissful ignore mode and they leave it there. Fast forward time-wise, Naomi and Ely are getting ready for Halloween. Bruce drops by Ely’s for Round Two of kissing until Naomi comes round for her partner in crime (aka Ely). Hiding Bruce, Ely heads out with Naomi. Unfortunately Naomi is perceptive and she finds out Bruce, the boyfriend she doesn’t connect with, is hiding in her bff’s bedroom. They have a huge fight – the first in their friendship history, and Naomi and Ely ‘split up’.

Crisis: It’s been a week or so since they ‘split up’ and Naomi and Ely have kept their schedules so to avoid each other both at home and outside in the city (college, places they love visiting, etc.). Everything’s going well until they bump into each other and Naomi lashes out and calls Ely out to be like her cheating father, and Ely lashes back and calls Naomi’s clinginess and fear of change to how her mother is coping with her world right now. They finally ‘wipe’ their hands clean of each other when they trade back all the stuff they’ve been sharing (i.e. clothes, accessories, and so on).

Climax: Naomi takes Ely’s words to heart and she realizes that she needs to change. For one she has to get a job to help pay for the monthly bill. She does that. Two, she concentrates on building new friendships (e.g. Robin, Gabriel), though Gabriel doesn’t want to be her friend only. They grow closer and they start “dating” sort of. They haven’t kissed yet, as Naomi still observes the no-kiss list and Gabriel makes sure she understands he has no plans of being her rebound or part of her revenge against Ely (and indirectly Bruce). School is going well, and she’s getting by with Ely – getting used to the shift of their relationship.

Resolution: In the end Naomi realizes that she doesn’t hate Ely, at least not for ‘stealing’ Bruce whom she didn’t like as a lover anyways. She knows now that, though it’s hard, love comes in many different forms. She loves Ely, but not romantically, and that’s cool. She and Ely have a heart-to-heart and they grow into their new friendship.

Even if you haven’t watched Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, what do you think of this concept – falling in love with your cis, gay friend? Was it Naomi’s fault for expecting so much out of Ely or was it Ely’s for not explaining properly (and doing intimate couple-like things with her)?

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