Sunday, April 13, 2014

Clementine & Emma

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh: Clementine is just  going through the motions of being a junior in high school.  She's making friends, suffering through classes and meeting boys.  It's all routine until one day, she passes a girl in the street with bright blue hair.

Blue is the Warmest Color is a really heartbreaking and beautiful story that pulls you in with its use of colour and painful honesty.  I wish there were more comics like this one because these stories are worth reading and should be read.  I also really liked how it showed the two sides to hate and prejudice - the external (other people, politics and oppression) and the internal (in ourselves).   In just 156 pages, this graphic novel covered the depth of feeling in discovering who you are and everything that comes with living life the way you want to.

I recommend this graphic novel for teens 18 years of age or older because like its film adaptation below, it has content that some younger teens may not be ready to read yet.

The above graphic novel was adapted to film in 2013 with La Vie d'Adele.  I really like that the film was able to be in French because Julie Maroh's comic is not only set in France but is originally a French graphic novel.  This film did well at the Cannes film festival, even winning the Palme D'Or.  If you're like me and don't follow the big film festivals, let's just say it won a huge award for being a good film.

With all adaptations, some things do change.  This one is no different so do expect that.  Film ratings also differ from one country to the next.  For North America, it was given an NC-17 rating.  Follow the tiny link to the wikipedia page and look for this film under the B section for information on how it earned its rating. Most importantly, when you're ready for it, do take the time to see the film.

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