It doesn’t matter if Pride Month is well and truly over, you can chat about LGBTQ+ any day and I needed to fangirl over Heartstopper: Vol 2! I’ve seen a few of my friends with copies but I had to wait until I got paid before I could get my own copy and it didn’t disappoint at all! I’ve read nearly all of Alice Oseman’s books and it was such a pleasant surprise when I discovered that she was an amazing artist and had been writing a comic on Tumblr called Heartstopper!
I’ve actually been reading graphic novels for a few years since I’m a big fan of anime and a lot of anime is based off Japanese manga! What is super interesting is that you not only have to read from the back instead of the front and you also read from right to left! Thankfully you don’t have to do that for Heartstopper! Haha! It’s great that books are becoming more visual since you can still how amazing a story by what is drawn and not said aloud.
If you haven’t read Volume 1, then it’s not a disaster since you can kind of pick up what happened but it’s better to because it’s just so adorable!! You get introduced to Nick, Charlie and the rest of the characters (good AND bad). The comic is all in black and white but Alice describes everyone super well and you can also check out her Tumblr or her art instagram to see some coloured drawings!
I adore all of the characters in Heartstopper (except for one particular guy but spoilers!)! Nick is an athletic guy who seems to be pretty popular but is secretly very unsure about himself and trying to discover who is really is. Charlie is beyond relatable…I got bullied a lot at school for how I was and seeing Charlie being targeted made me want to hug him!! Though saying that he isn’t scared of who he is, has incredible friends (Tao, Elle, Darcy and Aled) and fun siblings (Tori and Oliver)! You learn so much about them throughout both Volume 1 and 2!
There are obviously some funny moments but there are some rather dark moments too that make you feel uncomfortable and a little angry.
Alice really seems to love her story and the fact that people want to hear more from the characters! She writes one-off comics that she pops onto her instagram and just gorgeous images like this one of Elle and Darcy!! They’re so cute!!
Some of THE best news that I’ve heard this month is that Heartstopper is going to be turned into a TV show!! I’m so freaking excited about this and I will definitely be creating a post about who I’d love to cast in the show. I know that Alice said that Asa Butterfield is really close to who she imagined for Charlie but he’s obviously too old to play a 15 year so I wonder who would make a great Nick and Charlie! Who would you pick to play these roles?
Have any of you read Heartstopper?
If not, do you think it sounds like a book you’d enjoy?