Adapted from the graphic novel series of the same name, Heartstopper on Netflix is an emotionally aware piece of art, seriously!
This eight-episode series shows you so many aspects of young love, friendship, and the torture that comes with being a teenager in high school, let alone a queer individual in a same-sex school! Heartstopper has pulled out all the stops on this masterpiece with its music, casting, direction and storyline. Euros Lyn could not have done a better job!
Cast - Joe Locke as Charlie Spring is so relatable! Kit Connor plays Nick Nelson. Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent and William Gao as Tao Xu do a fabulous job at playing Charlie's friends with a storyline of their own!
Storyline - Having come out just last year, a grade 10 student, Charlie is recovering from incessant bullying based on homophobia. At the start of a new academic year, he finds himself seated next to Nick, a Rugby player. What starts off as a platonic friendship, soon blooms into something more which leaves Nick extremely confused because he wasn't aware that he likes boys. Through the eight episodes, you get to witness Nick learning more and more about his sexuality and his struggle with coming to terms with it.
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What I liked - While Heartstopper highlights transphobia and homophobia that queer teens face from their peers, its depiction of how this affects teens is portrayed so well by some of the characters. As much as this is a web series about queer romance in high school, it's also a tale that a lot of cishet people will relate to! Scenes, where conversations are shown in the form of text chains - typing, thinking, overthinking, and deleting, hit a little too close to home. I love the use of graphics in this series. The music across the eight episodes needs to be a playlist in itself. Every character is beautifully explored, so much so that each of them can have a TV series of their own.
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