Heartstopper took the world by storm when it launched on Netflix earlier this year, delighting fans of the original web-comics and graphic novels on which it is based, as well as newcomers.
The show was adapted by the comics' own creator Alice Oseman, but that doesn't mean that the story is a direct copy of the original books. In fact, Oseman has now explained why she had to make some big changes to Heartstopper for the screen, including tweaks to the arc of Kit Connor's character, Nick.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival 2022, Oseman explained: "The comics are so low stakes. When problems arise in the story of the comics they’re solved almost immediately. And that is something that people like about the comics but it doesn’t work for TV because if there’s no drama, people will get bored.
"So the big changes that we made were all sort of adding more tension and elongating the character journeys. Like for example Nick, who goes on this sexuality journey in Heartstopper – in the show it takes him longer to figure out who he is and feel comfortable with who he is, while in the comics he sort of figures it out quite quickly, and that’s really nice."
She added that "there are differences" throughout the Netflix adaptation, but thinks it's possible to make those "while also serving the comic".
The end of season 1 saw Nick come out to his mum, who was played by Olivia Colman in a surprise casting so secret that even the cast didn't know about it until the very last moment.
The hugely popular series has already been recommissioned for both a second and third season, with Oseman saying at the time of announcement: "We were overjoyed with the global reaction to Heartstopper and can’t wait to continue the story with two more seasons. Watch this space!"
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