Some time ago my coworkers were talking about the movie as one of them saw it and really liked it. Since I’m the kind of person that I like to read the book before watching the movie I immediately went online to see if there is one. 🙂 And surprise (not so much as most movies have a book behind them) I found it. I didn’t read the reviews because I wanted to be surprised and sure thing I was. Not only that the book is a graphic novel but the story is very touching. I wasn’t sure that I would like it, as I never read a graphic novel before but I decided to give it a try.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (Le bleu est une couleur chaude) (originally announced as Blue Angel) is a French graphic novel by Julie Maroh, published by Glénat in March 2010. The English-language edition was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2013. The novel tells a love story between two young women inFrance at the end of the 1990s. Abdelatif Kechiche has adapted it in 2013 with the title Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a film which was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Clementine is a simple girl that lives her life normally and even though she feels she is different than her friends she doesn’t really understands why. She finds out as soon as she sees Emma by accident on the street. Emma grabs her attention immediately and after that first time that she saw her she cannot stop thinking about her and about her blue hair. As their story continues things get a bit complicated and by the end it is so emotional that you will not be able to contain your tears. Be prepared to hate, to love and to cry and be prepared for the really graphic sex images that happen in the book.
I have to add something regarding the movie though. I saw it too after I read the book and even though I really enjoyed it, I was a bit disappointed as some things changed radically by the end. I don’t like when this happens as I feel that it changes the entire story and I can’t make the connection between the book and the movie anymore. So, just a small piece of advice: If you plan to read the book, do not watch the movie first as you might feel a small disappointment.
Other than that, the book ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ by Julie Maroh is intense, full of love, hate and sadness. But it is all worth it! 5 out of 5 Stars absolutely!!