I binge watched Netflix’s adaptation of one of my favorite graphic novels by Alice Oseman – Heartstopper, last night. Needless to say, I loved the screen adaptation as much as I had loved the books!
I can’t stop smiling and thinking about the show and all the characters coming to life for me from the book. If you are a book nerd like me, you’ll know how special it is when the screen creators actually do a good job in casting the right people and keeping the script absolutely the same as that in the book. So thank you so much for doing that!! 🙂 Everything about the show was spot on – from the way the actors played their characters, their look, the background, the rooms, the little animations added in, the background score…everything!!
After watching the show, I re-read all the four graphic novels again. I didn’t want this warm mushy feeling of happiness inside me to stop. But it also made me wish I was young again. The world is so full of possibilities, and love and hope when you’re younger. Then you become forty and turn into a loveless, dissatisfied cynic, searching for meaning and worthwhile connections. LOL!
I have a handful of people in my life who I feel like I can’t live without. But they’re all so far away. In the show, I felt like I could really relate to Tao’s character and his nightmare of losing his friends when they grow older, move away, get jobs and probably have partners and a family. In my 40s, I have a job, a home, a loving family, but I miss the excitement of first love, I miss the feeling of being cherished by someone and most of all, I miss hanging out with my best friends. They’re all continents away and yes, technology helps, but nothing compares to spending physical time with your besties 🙂
So this show and the book (like other books that Alice has written, my favorite being Loveless), made me feel all kinds of emotions. I felt loved and happy, but I also felt alone and old 🙂 I wonder if someone has written a book about a 40 year old finding love, or re-finding love, or getting to be with her friends again forever or finding new friends within her vicinity with whom she can truly be herself? Maybe that’s a story I should write about? 😉 😀
Whatever it is, Heart Stopper and the cast made my day and probably my week too. If you haven’t already watched the show and read the graphic novels, please do!! It doesn’t even matter if you’re straight or gay or young or old. I felt like there was something wonderful about these characters and the plot that will make you come alive and happier at the end 🙂
Now that I’ve satisfied my heart’s desire to let the strangers know about my feelings, I’m going to go back to listening to the Heart Stopper mixed tape playlist on Spotify and scroll through the endless fan art and memes like a true obsessed fan 😀