Since the 1960s, young adult fiction novels have become quite popular among teenagers. Aimed to bridge the gap between kid’s novels and adult literature, young adult novels are usually based on themes revolving around teenager’s life, their struggles, and their journey towards self-identification. Through these novels, the author tries to show how an adolescent reacts to situations like love, jealousy, and friendship as they undergo hormonal changes and how he overcomes these hurdles to live the life of his dreams.
Alice May Oseman is one such English novelist, who, through her novels, explores the young adult fiction genre. Known for her extraordinary and witty writing, Alice bagged her first publication deal for her novel, Solitaire, in 2014. Since then, she wrote several critically acclaimed novels, which primarily focused on life as an adolescent. Her 2017 novel, Heartstopper, which is considered one of her best works, is set to get an online screening on Netflix.
Heartstopper – What We Know So Far
Based on Alice Oseman’s 4-volume novel of the same name, Heartstopper narrates the tale of two boys who met at a British Grammar School and instantly fell in love. How do two boys will confess their love? How will their families react to their coming out? Will charlie’s mental illness impact the budding romance between the two? Wait for the show to witness the thoughtful journey of love, life, and friendship between two homosexual boys.
Originally published in written format, the novel was later converted into a graphic novel, which became an instant hit among young adults. Soon after Netflix’s announcement for a television adaptation of the novel, the makers began with the pre-production in April 2021, which will be followed by shooting somewhere around November 2021. Here’s everything we know about the series so far.
Since the show is currently under the pre-production stage, it is confirmed that the show will not release in 2021. It is expected that the show might premiere on Netflix somewhere near mid-2022, though an official announcement from Netflix is still awaited.
Kit Connor and Joe Locke are confirmed to play the lead role of Nick and Charlie respectively. Other cast members include Yasmin Finney, William Gao, Corrina Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood, and Sebastian Croft.
The show is inspired by Alice Oseman’s novel of the same name, which tells the story of two friends at all-boys British Grammar school. Charlie is a vocal gay overthinker while Nick is a soft-hearted rugby player. Soon love blossoms between the two. Unsure of other’s feelings, they both kept their feelings to themselves until one day, they finally decided to confess their love. What happens later in their personal, academic and social life forms the plot of the story.
Alice Oseman, the author of Heartstopper, wrote the screenplay of the show. Along with Netflix, See-saw films will produce the show, with Euros Lyn taking charge as the director.
Alice Oseman’s HEARTSTOPPER was widely appreciated for its detailed and heartfelt writing. Bring such a renowned novel and recreating the same magic with emotional touch on the screen is a tough challenge. Here’s hoping that the makers are up for it and they do justice to the novel. Stay tuned for more updates.