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  • Robert C. Kukla

'Heartstopper' Is The Feel Good Show We All Need Right Now

"Heartstopper" tells the love story of two classmates, Carlie and Nick, and while that short description sounds rather simple, I really enjoyed how layered this story ended up being.

Netflix released a new series called "Heartstopper," an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel series of the same name by Alice Oseman in April. I watched the first episode that night, and the next thing I knew, I ended up binge-watching the entire thing, staying up late until almost 3 a.m.

We follow Charlie, as he struggles with being bullied for his sexuality. He struggles with being taken advantage of by a fellow classmate who just wants him to have someone to make out with behind closed doors while simultaneously pretending Charlie doesn’t exist in public. When Charlie meets Nick and they get to know each other, he starts to feel more confident and come out of his shell more. Eventually, romantic feelings develop between the two of them. *AHH*

What I really enjoyed was how the series explored typical themes within queer media, such as coming out for the first time, trying to understand sexuality, etc. Thankfully, those tropes weren’t the sole focus of the show. This resulted in what I felt as a member of the LGBTQ+ community; an authentic portrayal of what it's like to be a young queer person.

The way the romance developed between the two main character was really well done. The two actors had strong chemistry which left the audience members with a sense of authenticity of the developing romance.

The cute moments between Charlie and Nick kept making me smile. I really enjoyed how happy this show made me feel.

With all the stress of the world, "Heartstopper" provides a much-needed relief. It is a show that will just fill you with instant serotonin, it did for me, at least. I wasn’t expecting to finish it in one sitting, but it’s one of those tv shows that you can put on and forget about everything else around you.

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