Heartstopper | More LGBTQ+ teens in this series

tranceAnd sex educationAnd little kingss, Young royal family A fantasy series about LGBTQ+ teens has been abuzz for quite some time. most recent, heart stophas an echo that suggests it is an embodied current, not a passing fad.

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Marc-Andre Lemieux

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This British romantic drama, which has been streaming on Netflix for a few weeks, tells the story of Charlie (Joe Locke), a dreamy intellectual young man – openly gay – who falls in love with the star of the school’s rugby team, Nick (Kate Connor).

Charlie’s friends might call his red-haired crush a golden retriever, but his crush refuses to die. And against all odds, having developed a beautiful friendship after long conversations, private messages on Instagram, and games Mario Kart And sports training, it turns out that the feeling is mutual. heart stop Inspired by a graphic novel by Alice Osman, hence these little animation notes added in post-production or even those camera shots that spark the short animation.

Consisting of eight half-hour episodes, the series applies the codes of romantic comedy, but more subtly than regular episodes. teen movie.

It is bright and full of good feelings, but never vulgar. It is noteworthy that Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman (the crownAnd Prochurch) plays Charlie’s mother.

three weeks ago, heart stop dominates the ranking variety “Fashionable” series on Twitter, ahead by a big lead moon knightDisney+ movie. It currently maintains a 100% perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which tracks ratings. The The Hollywood Reporter to guardian passing by Time magazine And TeleramaThe world press loves him. in the UK, independent He talks about the triumph of the LGBTQ+ audience.


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Scene from the series heart stop

This view is shared by Dinagh Stahl, a professor at the Graduate School of Theater at UQAM, which is offering its first course this spring dealing with queer art curricula.

“What I love about this series is that we don’t deny homophobia,” she says in an interview. She’s here. But this is not the horizon of the characters. We didn’t do shock porn. We don’t always stress how awful that is. It’s not just destructive relationships. The characters are not monochrome, they are all pink or completely black. The truth is always more complicated. »

growing list

heart stop Come to swell a growing list of novels depicting high school youth deviating from the heterogeneous paradigm, which outrageously dominates this type of production.

In this list appears the HBO series trancewho paints the picture of a young drug addict named Roe (Zendaya), who develops a romantic relationship with Jules (Hunter Shaffer), a transgender teen.


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Scene from the series trance

On Netflix, let’s mention the Swedish series Young royal family (royal youth in the French version), which depicts the intricate shaggy hair of a young prince and a middle-class student at a boarding school, and sex education (sex education), which is concerned with the diverse romance of putative high school students. We can even be martyred elite, a Spanish thriller that focuses on the ordeals of a gang of incredibly famous teens. in a more chaste manner, Love, Victor (With love, Victor) examines the daily life of a young Latino boy searching for his identity on Disney+.


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Scene from the series sex education

In Quebec, serial little kings (currently presented on ICI Télé, which can be seen in catch-up on ICI Tou.TV) is part of this movement by describing the downfall of a group of unrestrained and privileged students led by Julep (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie), a hockey player, and Adaboy ( Alex Godbout), a snowboarder with a passion for fashion. Big surprise: the first is gay and the second is straight.

In an interview, the creator little kingsJeffrey Wright, after working on F code. (2014-2018) and G code. (2016-2019) at VRAK, he knew the teen and young audience was “ready” for something more serious and atypical.

“I was fascinated to see the younger generations opening, and this confirms the product in Zone 3. I wanted a series that would bring out the LGBTQ+ characters, but without their sexuality affecting the scenario. Just because someone is LGBTQ+ doesn’t necessarily mean they’re cute. We can be evil too!”


Photo by ÉVA-MAUDE TARDIF CHAMPOUX, provided by Radio Canada

Scene from the series little kings

While researching TV trends, watch Jeffrey Wright heart stopalthough he knows it’s not exactly the target audience.

“As a 50-year-old gay man, I know this isn’t for me, but damn, it worked for me so well! Because my high school experience wasn’t like that at all. I found it very moving. It shows we’re making progress despite all What is happening in the United States.”

“balm”

According to sexologist and sociologist Martin Blaise, the prevalence of such soap operas heart stop Finally, it allows LGBTQ+ youth to see that they are not alone, that other people like them exist and share their experiences, struggles, pitfalls or fears.

“The success of this series suggests that they are right on target in terms of the concerns they portray and in the way they do so,” notes the professor in the UQAM Department of Sexology. Getting to know yourself, realizing that you are not alone or alone and that your desires or fears are shared, if only through fictional characters, can play the important validation role that you often lack as you grow up in a context where there is little to no LGBTQ+ role model. get out of hiding […] It is indeed a step in the right direction. »

Dinaïg Stall adds, “It gives me great pleasure to see the existence of this series. I would probably waste less time if I could have had access to this kind of acting when I was younger. It creates possibilities for people who question their sexuality. That’s cool! When I’m done heart stopI cried my life! »

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