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Netflix Is Adapting Gay Graphic Novel Heartstopper Into a YA Series

Netflix Is Adapting Gay Graphic Novel 'Heartstopper' Into a YA Series

Netflix Is Adapting Gay Graphic Novel 'Heartstopper' Into a YA Series

Author and illustrator Alice Oseman's beloved webcomic is getting the live-action treatment it deserves! 

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Heartstopper, the beloved gay comic written and illustrated by Alice Oseman, has been picked up by Netflix for an eight-part adaptation!

Described as a "comic about love, friendship, loyalty, life, time, and mental illness. It explores, among other things, the blossoming relationship between Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, two boys at a British all-boys grammar school."

"I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with a team of passionate, creative people who all adore Heartstopper and want to make it the most beautiful show we can," said Oseman in a statement. "It’s a joy and an honor to get to re-tell Nick and Charlie’s story for TV, and I am so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s existing readership, but also a whole new audience around the world."

Netflix's press website says the streaming giant knew they had something special with the series.

"We knew we were being pitched something incredible the first time See-Saw introduced us to the creator and artist/writer behind Heartstopper, Alice Oseman," they wrote. "It was clear right away that Alice not only had created these brilliant and emotionally engaging characters, but the world they populated was relatable yet somehow aspirational. The whole thing is just so poignant and beautifully crafted. To tell a love story between two boys who meet at school involves such vision and creative focus, Alice has absolutely delivered this here."

Netflix continued:

"Heartstopper started out as a webcomic in 2016 and it is no surprise that something as brilliant as this hasn’t taken long to develop a large and loyal fanbase. The graphic novels are beautiful and compulsive reads laced with a unique style; sweetness and romance crossing over with contemporary and compelling plotlines. Our lead characters, Charlie and Nick, meet at school and become friends before gradually developing a romantic relationship. The emotional tension is brilliantly portrayed and I felt joy and nerves for them both throughout. When we started to develop the project we collectively decided that Alice had such a clear vision that it would make sense for her to adapt and write the episodes herself; this has paid dividends and we are confident that the 8 episodes we have commissioned will live up to the expectations of existing fans while also engaging a new audience. Alice is only 26 years old but her talent as a storyteller is astounding. 

We are clear in our ambition to entertain the world and that means making the best quality content for all of our viewers. We are especially aware that younger audiences are looking for relatable and sincere stories dealing with real life subjects; not shying away from elements of their own lives. 

This is a story that deserves to be told. Beyond anything else I have worked on in my career, the feeling regarding Heartstopper was that there was no way we could not make it. Alongside Alice, Heartstopper is being directed by the acclaimed Euros Lyn and incredible team at See-Saw Films - the best possible team to bring this world to life.

I am so proud to be championing Charlie and Nick’s story. We care deeply that all young people see themselves reflected in our content, and are hopeful that many people, whatever their age or identity, will see themselves in this bold and uplifting series."

No news of when she can expect the series, but we can't wait to see the story on our small screens! In the meantime, you can check out the Heartstopper website here.

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!