Welcome to the third installment of our “Shortening and Pride Day series”! Every week, all in June, we will focus on a group of different members of the LGBTQIA+ community that, we think, represents a great example of dynamic characterization and representation. We take pride in the positive voices of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as mainstream media. Today, the spotlight is on Netflix’s Heartstopper.
The book, directed directly from Alice Osemans’s novel, Heartstopper, is a quiet, and enthusiastic teenage romance that follows and follows a group of teens to discover what their love is and what they do. With the very most of the hype that you think of a coming-of-age story, but with the darkest, the most common tones have plagued queer teens, Heartstopper is, of course, one of the biggest LGBTQ+ releases in the year. Heartstopper has many characters covering nearly every aspect of the quering spectrum. So, were going to keep things simple in this article and focus on the series main couples/characters: Nick and Charlie, Tara and Darcy, and Elle.
Nick and Charlie are both a pair of men.
From the start, they turn on the boys, as Nick and Charlie, Kit Connor and Joe Locke bring it to life as if they had become directly out of Oseman’s drawings. So, while we did devote a piece last year to Nick and Charlie, we didn’t skip on the way the show came alive.
In this first season, Nick grows a lot. From realising that his so-called friends are actually homophobic bullies, to making new friends, to discovering that he is bisexual, to coming out of the important people in his life, Nick changed a lot in a couple of years. This change has been leading to some of the greatest heartwarming moments. For example, keeping Charlies reassurance that Nick won’t come out until he’s ready is absolutely wonderful to see. It’s an absolutely important part of the ability of Nick to become comfortable enough to come out. Not only does Nick and Tao talk about their individual relationship and how their relationship can influence each other.
Charlie has been more consistent in the show so far. He has a clear sexuality for the first time, but although he is clearly blaming him for his abuses, he seems to be pretty comfortable with himself. Charlie is exactly the kind of friend everybody needs to be supportive. But not pushy. He gives Nick the breathing space he need when it comes to choosing when to come out, and despite the fact that he has hated being someones secret again, Charlie never pushes.
The beauty of Charlie and Nicks story is that it’s a very typical teenage romance. A slightly nerdy person is a sprinkling of drama, a kiss, a bit of drama and a slightly nerdy one ends up together. It’s the greatest movie of all ages. This is very much, however. The relationship between Nick and Charlie is strong in support and caring, and the only one who believes in that is a reminder that a relationship can’t be that normal without meaning it will be much more comfortable and beautiful.
Tara and Darcy are both in love.
Tara and Darcy are absolutely iconic. The first time Corinna Brown and Kizzy Edgell were encased in the relics. Even in French class, where they are artfully dodging Elles questions about who they are dating, they don’t be able to hide their love for one another’s. From the beginning, a solid couple, Tara and Darcys storylines involve no need for any truth or intention to get the story into action. This story is literally the story of a healthy couple who is struggling to resolve their problems. In this case the main issue is how to become sort of an untold friend in a relationship changes the way they are treated by their peers.
Tara is completely confused with the way people change their perceptions when they try to talk about her relationship. Darcy isn’t allowed to do that alone. She is for Tara every step of the way, giving her a reminder that, for both Tara and its viewers, its okay to need support and that the people who really care about you will gladly do that. Darcy got into this when she went out, and she’s happy now, but as far as Tara want to, too. Their entire relationship is a very good example of what can happen when teens be allowed to become their authentic friends. It has become an inspiration for Nick to go with what he really wants with Charlie.
Elles is one of the most beautiful yet most difficult stories of the first season. The viewingers first meet Elle to become the missing member of Charlie’s quartet of friends that is currently used to buy apple juice during lunch. But so soon as the perspective shifts to Elle sitting at her desk and writing, the reason for her absence becomes clear: she’s moved to a different school that suits her gender.
This translation is probably the explicit statement that the show makes about Elle being trans, and exactly why her storyline is so special. The show’s primary characters never look like they are anymore. And that’s not the case in the media. She’s always dead, she’s never referred to by the wrong pronouns and, just like some reminiscences, her time before transition is just not mentioned. This is in direct opposition to most media featuring trans people. Their transition is often central to the story and it’s very refreshing.
As for her story, she’s not only centered around transition, but she is treated like a normal teenage girl who does normal teenage things. He learns to be new friends, he goes to school, and discovers that he has a crush on his best friend. Ok, maybe that last one isn’t completely normal, but still. She is a respectful, humankind, not only as trans-heel as everybody else; she’s a friendly personality. She’s not defined by her transgression, and her story is even better for it. How girls, who both new and old, treat them is an example of how women’s life ends in a transnational life.
Before we wrap this article, we have to look at it in a minute to praise the author. She is considered one of the best a-man in the media today, and as a-shee a-shee gilt, Yasmin is responsible for the worldly job. From the first moment she appears onscreen, Yasmin brings her to life in a personable, personal and impossible to forget. She was fantastic in webcomic/graphic novels, but by her hand Yasmin has made her truly unforgettable.
The new HBO series follows, with such great characters and stories starting to start in its first season. It’s no surprise that Netflix has already renewed the show for two more seasons. Fans can enjoy more wonderful queer stories from these wonderful characters, plus Oseman promised a lot more representation in season two! She has pointed out that Isaac is asexual/aromantic, and that and much more will be the case in the future.
As it progresses to season two, check back here for the update to the new Heartstopper. Stop by all month and see what a Pride month sporlights are bringing.