SERIES – Say goodbye to clichés. At the time of the world day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, which is held this Tuesday, May 17, a series for teens put online on Netflix last April is particularly appropriate. It is called Heartstopper.
The story is that of a young boy named Charlie (Joe Locke), a British schoolboy in 9th grade, a bit weak and openly homosexual. On the first day of school, he meets Nick (Kit Connor). Unlike the first, Nick is popular, strong and is the captain of the rugby team.
Between the two teenagers, it’s a friendly “match”. And this, from the outset. They never leave each other and do not lack attention to each other. Enough to give Charlie hope that a beautiful love story with Nick could be possible. That he too, perhaps, likes boys.
From late night conversations to hookups to first kisses. Heartstopping reveals a sensitive, delicate and touching romantic comedy, far from the trash, drugs, sex scenes and bodybuilder queer characters of many other teen productions.
A realistic scenario
The plot isn’t very original, but it’s not far-fetched. It’s not silly, it’s fair, especially in its representation of bullying at school, the difficulties of finding one’s place when one is gay or lesbian, the feeling of loneliness and the difficulty of accepting one’s homosexuality in the face of stigma and intolerance of others. British director Euros Lyn’s series does not give lessons, it is realistic.
Check out the trailer below Heartstopping:
This new Netflix production is also an adaptation of a successful webcomic, written by British queer author Alice Oseman. Now 27, she has already published four novels and two short stories for young adults. His characters are endearing, his stories simple and sincere. We recognize ourselves in it.
And by the way, on Netflix, Heartstopping is a phenomenon. According to the New York Times, it is one of the ten most-watched English-language shows in the world on the platform since it went live. He did not only move his target, the teenagers. “Many older queer millennials were blown away by the show,” journalist and author Owen Jones says in an editorial for the Guardian.
“However, they also have a strong sense of mourning for what they themselves never had: acceptance by our straight peers or such an assumed representation on our screens, he specifies. . […] For someone who didn’t come out until 20, what was so terrifying as a teenager was the sheer loneliness of the closet.” On TV, the programs featuring homosexuals were so bad that it made her feel lonely worse.
“Young LGBT+ now have a series with tender and adorable characters who face difficulties, but who also have the possibility of being happy, adds the journalist. This series is likely to be a lifeline for many.”
This Monday, a report from the Ministry of the Interior indicates that complaints of crimes and offenses committed against LGBT+ people increased by 28% in France in 2021. This report recalls that the fight against homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia and biphobia is not over. Even if, on its own, Heartstopping will not stem the problem, the series has the merit of putting a little balm in the heart and contributing to the awareness effort.
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