Charming, sweet, and utterly heart-warming, the TV adaptation of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper was released on Netflix this weekend.
With 8 episodes of around 30 minutes each, the show is a very bingeable 4 hours of TV – perfect for snuggling up on the couch and getting cosy with a hot chocolate and a few biscuits.
What is Heartstopper about?
Heartstopper is a gentle coming of age story, with characters exploring themes of friendship, love, sexuality, and gender.
I’ve previously talked about the webcomic / graphic novel, as well as a live author event I attended with Alice Oseman at St James’s Church Piccadilly in London – you can read that post here.
Who are the main characters in Heartstopper?
This show features a wonderful and diverse cast – you can’t help but fall in love with each and every one of them! Here are just a few:
- Charlie, the sweetest guy who’s always thinking of others before himself.
- Nick, the charming rugby player, learning about himself while remaining conscious of the impact it all has on his friends, both old and new.
- The fiercely over-protective Tao.
- The relaxed and quietly perceptive Isaac.
- Elle, blazing her trail and making new friends along the way.
- And of course, Tori, the older sister who sees right through her younger brother and is there for him even when he doesn’t realise he needs it.
A couple of delightful casting surprises were Olivia Colman as Nick’s mum, and Stephen Fry as the boys’ school headmaster, heard only over the tannoy (PA system).
The story features strong queer/LGBTQ+ representation, and it all felt so genuine, authentic, and so very British. You can watch Heartstopper on Netflix here. I hope we can look forward to a second season sometime soon!
If you enjoyed Heartstopper, you might like to check out Duck and Dive – my gay romantic comedy novella about coming out and failing spectacularly.
Duck and Dive is the first in my Rise and Shine series and is similar to Heartstopper in many regards. It features buckets of banter, sweetness, awkwardness, antics, coming out, friends, family, and a British setting. But it also differs in so many other ways, such as being a bit absurd, more suggestive and mature, as well as featuring twenty-somethings and octogenarians.