heart stopper is a popular comic that has captured hearts around the world and is now being adapted into a Netflix series.
Originally created as a webtoon by Alice Oseman, the comics have since been published as graphic novels, of which there are four in total, and have also inspired two novellas: Nick and Charlie and This Winter.
heart stopper has sold over a million copies in English, with the first volume being translated into 18 other languages and the other three also being published in multiple territories.
Given the popularity of Oseman’s original work, some fans might be wondering how the Netflix show compares to its source material.
heart stopper follows teenagers Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) and Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) who meet at their UK secondary school when they are put in the same class.
Openly gay, Charlie has struggled with bullying for years, and Nick, who is above him in school, becomes an unlikely friend when he asks the former to join the rugby team as a reserve player.
As they meet and become close friends, Charlie begins to develop a crush while Nick begins to question his sexuality while also developing feelings for Charlie.
Netflix’s adaptation for the comics tells the story the same way, actually adapting two heart stopper volumes in eight episodes.
It’s so close to its source material because Oseman herself wrote the scripts and adapted her own story for television, and was heavily involved behind the scenes with aspects like casting and costumes.
As well as, heart stopper is a rare achievement in book-to-screen adaptation, as it is in every respect a near-perfect replication of the original.
Whole scenes are filmed to look almost identical to Oseman’s comics. Comparing the two, it’s entirely possible to see the original as the storyboard for the Netflix show, and the script is largely the same as the original.
Cast-wise, everyone — from Locke to Connor, Yasmin Finney as Elle, William Gao as Tao Xu, and Jenny Walser as Charlie’s sister Tori — are perfect in their roles, and they fit the characters so well it almost is as if they had stepped out of the page itself.
Of course, some aspects of the Netflix show are different, but those are very minor, and Oseman addressed them himself when the cast was first announced.
in one tweetShe shared that characters like Charlie’s younger brother Oliver would not be in the show because there were enough characters, while Charlie’s friend Aled was not included because he was a main character in radio silence and its inclusion in heart stopper would distract from it.
In the grand scheme of things Netflix is taking on heart stopper is a very faithful adaptation of Oseman’s work, although some characters are missing from the original.
Fans who have concerns about whether Netflix did a good job adapting the comics need not worry, it’s as accurate and entertaining an adaptation as it gets.
Heartstopper launches on Netflix on Friday, April 22nd.