Why a fan favourite scene from Heartstopper didn't make the Netflix show

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Any OG Heartstopper fan was obsessed with the comic and graphic novel of the same before the Netflix adaptation came out, and has enjoyed unpicking how all of the scenes have been adapted for the streaming service.

But creator Alice Oseman has now revealed the reason why one particular moment had to be left out of the Netflix version - despite the fact it was a fan favourite.

"There is a scene in volume one where Nick and Charlie are play-fighting over a piece of homework," they told Digital Spy. "I frequently see tweets of people saying, 'I can't wait to see this in the show'. And I'm always sitting there like, 'Uh-oh. That's not in there'.

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Photo credit: Netflix

"I just felt like it didn't quite work narratively because we had to slightly slow down the romance of Nick and Charlie, just to make it work in a TV show. But, yeah, I feel like I'm going to get a few grumpy tweets about that not being there."

In a separate interview with Hello!, Alice also revealed they had to leave Aled, who was close friends with Charlie, Elle and Tao, out of the adaptation, instead creating a new character called Isaac (played by Tobie Donovan.)

"Basically, Aled is a character in one of my other books, who has his whole own separate story and I decided that I wanted to be able to do whatever I wanted with this character so it worked to create a new character," they explained.

They also created the role of Imogen, played by Rhea Norwood because, "I wanted Nick to have a friend who wasn't one of the lads. We knew we needed a bit more drama and angst in the story and Imogen is the one who brings the drama midseason."

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

It makes sense - not everything in a book always translates so well to TV, but overall Heartstopper seems to have done a brilliant job of keeping fans of the original happy.

Heartstopper is now streaming on Netflix.


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