Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

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A New York Times bestseller

The live-action French film version of Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

Originally published in French as Le bleu est une couleur chaude , Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.

Vividly illustrated and beautifully told, Blue Is the Warmest Color is a brilliant, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel about the elusive, reckless magic of love. It is a lesbian love story that crackles with the energy of youth, rebellion, and desire.

First published in French by Glenat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.

The live-action, French-language film version of Blue Is the Warmest Color won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film generated wide praise as well as controversy for its explicit scenes. It opened in the fall of 2013 through Sundance Selects/IFC Films (USA) and Mongrel Media (Canada) as well as other countries around the world, including the UK and Ireland (Artificial Eye) and Australia (Transmission Films). It was named best foreign-language film by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle.

Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia :, Arsenal Pulp Press,, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781551525143
Characteristics: 156 pages :,illustrations (chiefly coloured);,26 cm.
Alternative Title: Bleu est une couleur chaude.

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GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 19, 2017

Clementine is a junior in high school when she stumbles upon an intense and unexpected love in a lesbian bar. Everything that follows tests her relationships with her friends, family, and even her own perception of herself. Good for readers wanting passionate romance, teen drama, and nuanced LGBT storytelling.

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aimiller
Jul 31, 2017

I know, I'm like a Terrible Gay, but this was just... weird? The art was very pretty, but it was just a like really bad take on lesbian experience? Like okay maybe it reflects some people's experiences (the author's?) but it was just this like very overwrought lesbian tragedy. Even the struggles with internalized homophobia, which is something I'm really interested in exploring right now in my life, felt just super surface and not very nuanced.

About halfway through the book, I flipped to the frontmatter to see if it was like published in the early 90s or something, but it was published in French in 2010???? And again, as with No Crystal Stair, maybe it's supposed to be Baldwin-esque (in the style of Giovanni's Room) in the way it's written and the story it tells but y'all... we got that with Baldwin and about 800,000 lesbian pulps. Do people like this because it got made into a movie? It was just wildly disappointing to me, as this piece of lesbian lit that had been so upheld as 'must-read'.

(Also, I see the butchphobia right there. Associating butchness with jealousy and possessiveness is gross and I was disappointed to see it.)

PinesandPrejudice Feb 11, 2017

This was a beautiful story. The art was incredible and I loved the monochromatic coloring save for the blue -- the symbolism of it all was great. I struggled with the bit when Emma revealed herself to the parents...it seemed unrealistic to me that she would walk around Clem's parents' house in that state...but okay. Also, the jump in the middle from when they were young to when they had been together 30 odd years was frustrating because I wanted to know more about the development of their relationship such as what led Clem to cheat on Emma in the first place? It seemed a bit disjointed.

Regardless, I liked the story and the art. I am glad I got to read it and it makes me want to see the movie.

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Einekatze11
Apr 22, 2016

Having seen the movie first I'm so glad I read the book too...I actually loved both versions and I cried at the end of both. So incredibly tragic but in very different ways - the original story keeps their love much more cohesive and the timeline's more followable. The drawings are a bit harsh for my taste but I liked the unique use of colour. I think we all yearn to be with our soulmates, male or female... and sometimes we never even get to meet them.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 20, 2016

Terrible and sick.

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Caroline1616
Jan 16, 2016

SO SO SO SO much better then the movie! I loved this book.

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mclarjh
Aug 09, 2015

Saw the movie. The book is for teenagers. A silly adolescent story of sexual attraction, jealousy, longing, etc. Glossy pages, cartoonish illustrations.

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emmilee
Jun 25, 2015

A touching, emotional story. This book left an impact long after I finished the last page. The illustrations paired with the original and personal story that invites you into the lives of two young girls in love make this a story to remember.

OranguTang Jan 16, 2015

One word to describe this book: beautiful. The illustrations are beautiful. The characters are beautiful, inside and out. The story is beautiful. I loved it.

I loved the movie, and I adore this book. But I suggest it for teens/adults who can handle some contents. lol

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Jun 25, 2015

Sexual Content: Female nudity and graphic sexual content

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