Heartstopper took the world by storm when it launched on Netflix earlier this year, delighting fans of the original web comics and graphic novels it’s based on, as well as newcomers.
The show was adapted by the comic’s own creator, Alice Oseman, but that doesn’t mean the story is a direct copy of the original books. In fact, Oseman has now explained why she had to make big changes to Heartstopper for the screen, including tweaks to the arc of Kit Connor’s character, Nick.
Speaking at the 2022 Edinburgh International Television Festival, Oseman explained: “Comics are such low stakes. When issues arise in the history of comics, they are resolved almost immediately. And that’s something thing that people like in comics, but it doesn’t work for TV because if there’s no drama, people are going to be bored.
“So the big changes we’ve made have all been to add more tension and lengthen the journeys of the characters. Like for example Nick, who goes on this sexual journey in Heartstopper – on the show he needs more time to figure out who he is and feel comfortable with who he is, whereas in the comics he realizes that pretty quickly, and that’s really good.”
She added that “there are differences” throughout the Netflix adaptation, but thinks it’s possible to make them “while still serving the comic.”
The end of season 1 saw Nick come out to his mother, played by Olivia Colman in a surprise cast so secret that even the cast didn’t find out until the very last moment.
The hugely popular series has already been re-commissioned for a second and third season, with Oseman saying at the time of the announcement, “We’ve been thrilled with the global reaction to Heartstopper and look forward to continuing the story with two additional seasons. this space!”
Seasons 2 and 3 of Heartstopper will be coming to Netflix, with Season 1 available to stream now. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.
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