Creator Series: Alice Oseman
A quick intro to my new little creator series, there are so many creators, influencers, celebrities, whatever you want to call them, that have really made an impact on my life, or I believe really make some incredible work. I think it would be really cool to not only showcase movies and TV but the people who make them and other creative people in the entertainment world, both big and small. I write about industries that rely on so many people who deserve a little love. With that, here is my first Creator of the Month: Alice Oseman.
Alice Oseman is an English author most known for her graphic novel series and TV show of the same name, Heartstopper. She is an absolute girl boss, with her first publishing deal at the age of 17. Thw work she has created has a focus on youth and the queer community, writing characters that show a positive, healthy and youthful interpretation of people in the LGBTQ+ community.
I think I often second-guess myself and think that no I’m too young to do that, I'm not good enough to do that, or I don't know how to do that, especially when it comes to writing. Trust me it took me a long time to have the confidence and the motivation to finally start this blog. So for anyone reading this, write the book, start the blog, post the TikTok, and do it, do it, do it. I think the fact that she wrote and published her first book with Harper Collins at such a young age with such a huge publishing company is incredibly impressive. I think this is very inspiring to young people, especially young girls. I think she is a great role model and shows that young people can do it too.
She is also an insanely talented artist, Hearstopper is a beautifully drawn graphic novel and I honestly really don’t read graphic novels, although my sister is really into reading them and got me into Heartstopper. I love the beautiful illustrations that go with the stories. I also love her art Instagram page, so not only does she write the entire story but she also draws it out and does her own creative art pieces. She does her own cover illustrations, writes and draws Heartstopper and has written many other novels, writes all the Heartstopper scripts, and is on set filming the show. An absolute girl boss.
The other thing I love about her and her work is how this one Netflix show has helped so many kids and teens who may not feel represented on screen. I think I grew up in an age where it was “inappropriate” to show kids being gay or gay couples on TV and in the media. It wasn’t accepted the same way it is today. I had never seen a gay couple on screen until Glee, which I didn’t watch until High School when it was added to Netflix. Besides it’s not like there was any gay representation on the Disney channel. I think shows like Heatstopper are so important, especially for young kids because this way they can see people who look like them and identify with them at a time where they might feel alone or different from others.
This show has won many awards including Best Romance Series (Golden Tomato Awards), Outstanding Writing for a Young Teen Program and Outstanding Casting for a Young Teen Program (Children’s & Family Emmy Awards), Best Musical Moment (MTV Movie + TV Awards) and two BAFTA nominations.
I love her work and I think she is an incredibly creative individual. The world she has created is so fun and refreshing. There is great attention to detail, every character has such an in-depth background, and the style is gorgeous. I’ve rewatched Hearstopper an embarrassing amount of times, and I am in the process of reading everything she has ever written. Some of her other books include Radio Silence, Solitaire, Loveless and Nick & Charlie. She is such a talented writer and builds such beautiful worlds.
This is the link to her website that you need to check out right this second: aliceoseman.com