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Le bleu est une couleur chaude

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  16,762 Ratings  ·  1,796 Reviews
La vie de Clémentine bascule le jour où elle rencontre Emma, une jeune fille aux cheveux bleus, qui lui fait découvrir toutes les facettes du désir et lui permettra d'affronter le regard des autres. Un récit tendre et sensible.
Paperback, 157 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Glénat
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Andrea Chiara Well, there are some sex scenes but it's definitely not porn and they're definitely not represented like in the movie. It's fine

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Jun 22, 2013 Warwick rated it really liked it
Recommended to Warwick by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Shelves: france, comics, lille
One of the films I saw at Cannes this year was La Vie d'Adèle (in English, Blue is the Warmest Colour), which eventually and deservedly won the Palme d'Or. I was a little obsessed with it – I dreamed about the film for two nights after I saw it, and I was still going over it in my head weeks later.

One person who was not a fan, though, was Julie Maroh, the author of the original comic book. She said the sex scenes in the film were ‘ridiculous’ and had been ‘turned into porn’, and she complained a
Jul 21, 2016 Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was beautiful and heartbreaking. Not only was the story incredible but the artwork was masterful. Definitely recommend to anyone, regardless if you enjoy graphic novels.
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 27, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016, lgbtq
This book is a MASTERPIECE. I'm never particular about the art in graphic novels, but this is the most beautifully-illustrated graphic novel I have ever read. That, combined with the LGBT messages and this coming of age story full of angst and true love and tragedy gripped me until the very last page. I think this is the first graphic novel I've cried over. I cannot wait to track down the movie adaptation to watch it, because I'm sure it will be just as great. I cannot highly recommend this enou ...more
Blue is the Warmest Color was one of my favorite graphic novels of last year. It was a quiet story that crept up on me. It doesn't use a lot of words or flash to get the message across. What starts out as a coming of age story centered around a young girl finding herself and falling in love, turns into a realistic and at times heartbreaking story of love and hardship. I really enjoyed this story, and it is one of the only graphic novels that brought me to tears. This story is best when it's gone ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Ilse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone ever fallen in love
Perhaps matronly women shouldn’t read graphic novels about loves at tender age. Perhaps they shouldn’t read soul-peircing stories like this. Perhaps this knocks down their finest defences, their carefully constructed barricades of cynism and despair.

Happy people have no stories. Paraphrasing Tolstoy, all happy loves are the same, each unhappy love is unhappy in its own way. And evidently, it will end in tears. Sob you will, dear reader.

Reading this dreamy graphic novel, a flood of sad songs, po
Oct 08, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
I opened to the first page while on my lunch break at my brand new job, and abruptly closed it on page 3. "I can't cry in front of these people, I barely know them," I thought, while chowing on my sub, holding my tears in my lower lid. Sometimes you open up a book and say "ah, fuck" cause you know it's gonna be like that.

The first half of this book is perfect, and I never call anything perfect. The artwork is stellar, Clementine's pain, confusion and excitement is so real and palpable. I saw mys
Anna  (Bananas!)
Oct 05, 2013 Anna (Bananas!) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, f-f
*huff* I'm disappointed. It was goodish. It felt so dramatic though and in a contrived way. God, I really wanted to like this more.

I didn't feel a connection between the main characters. Even the way they meet had a hint of instalove. However, I can understand and appreciate being inexplicably drawn to a person and even feeling like they're going to be meaningful to your life before you really know them. Their relationship needed fleshing out though. We barely got to know them and all the absurd
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
This was incredibly moving and just a beautiful story about a love that transcends gender and sexuality. I loved this and it is one of my favorite graphic novels that I've read. I highly highly recommend this. Warning though there are mature scenes in this one.
Sep 08, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this graphic novel largely because of Ilse and Warwick's very different— but equally fascinating—reviews and was not disappointed.

First, there’s the physical book itself. I don’t know if this is normal with graphic novels, but the weight of the book is exceptionally pleasing to the hand. The paper is thick and heavy and bright white, and turning each page is a sensual experience, just like the story itself.

The illustrations are wonderful, especially when it comes to Clementine t
Inés Izal
Un historia tierna, bonita, dulce y realista.


Conocemos a Clementine, una chica asustada que teme admitir como se siente por sus propios prejuicios y los de la sociedad. Es un camino duro, inseguro y lleno de dudas, pero que harán que Clementine se dé cuenta de que solo el amor puede salvar este mundo, ¿por qué avergonzarse de amar a una persona de tu mismo sexo?

"Emma, me preguntaste si creía en la existencia del amor eterno. El amor es algo demasiado abstracto e indefinido. Depende de lo que nos
Feb 06, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
“We do not choose the one we fall in love with, and our perception of happiness is our own and is determined by what we experience…”

I picked this up completely on a whim and flew through it in a single sitting! The artwork in this graphic novel is absolutely stunning.
It was heartwarming and cute and it was just what I wanted after finishing Stars Above

This review and more can be found on my blog.
“ Love may not be eternal but, it can make us eternal.”

Very happy I found this in my library. I've only ever seen the movie trailer and didn't know it was a comic adaption.
Now, I don't really know what to tell you about it, so just go read it yourself. It's beautiful and sad and you're gonna suffer, but you're gonna be happy about it.

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Anthony Vacca
Jan 03, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
I want to see the recently released Blue is the Warmest Color because I am the kind of degenerate who will buy a ticket to to the movie-house whenever a NC-17 flick rears its sexually-explicit head. Unfortunately, Birmingham, AL has little love for the foreign art house cinema, so all my sordid viewing pleasure will have to wait until the eventual DVD release. Luckily, this award-winning piece of French debauchery is based off a graphic novel, and even more the luck, my library bought a copy. So ...more
May 23, 2016 Roya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
I was looking for a book to distract me from the monotony that is reading The Chronicles of Narnia (three more books to go!). Don't get me wrong, it's a great series, but if you're like me and want to keep the story fresh in your mind, you don't take breaks. Evidently I needed a change, so I got this. Sadly, it didn't distract me for long - I read it in one sitting.

I first saw the movie adaptation about a year ago and loved it. As is usually the case, there are some stark differences between tha


This... got me really emotional. 

LGBTQ is a genre that I am interested to get into, but I just haven't really delved into.


Why not?


Who knows?


I just haven't felt the urge to really read them, I think. But I have read a few.


Ely and Naomi's No Kiss List 

Then there's the popular Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secret of the Universe.


Eeehhh... Oookaaay... seems that it wasn't really a few. I only read two. Well, that's quite embarassing.


Anyways, back to my review.


Read this! Reading this
"Only love will save the world. Why would I be ashamed to love?"

I'm not crying you're crying.

This is one of the very few graphic novels I've read in my life.
I really liked the story. All I knew going into it was that it featured a FF-romance, but I had no idea if the tone was going to be sad or not.
Well, from page one the reader knows it's going to be a sad story (even if you didn't pay attention to the plot but only looked at the colors you would notice it).
Something that, rather stupidly I

Be still by beating heart.

The movie adaptation of this graphic novel is one of my favorite movies of all time.

I mean, seriously, look at them and tell me they're not amazing. I DARE YOU.

So I figured I would love the graphic novel as well. I was not wrong.

This is a powerful, moving love story that follows a young woman named Clementine discovering her sexuality with the help of a blue-haired gal named Emma. It is no surprise to me that this made such a heart-wrenching movie. The source material i
Aug 08, 2016 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant touching and moving graphic memoir about sexuality, love and life being short... so make the most of it that you can. Very good indeed.
Alexander Ayala
"El amor que hemos despertado continuará su camino más allá de nuestra muerte" ❤ ...more
Maxi (slothreads)
I cried a little near the end :(
Joana Cotidiana
Aug 18, 2014 Joana Cotidiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema-tv
Leitura: Novembro de 2014
Releitura: Abril de 2015
Feb 24, 2014 Matilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αγαπώ πολύ τα graphic novels γενικότερα και επειδή είδα και την ταινία που είναι βασισμένη στο βιβλίο αυτό, αποφάσισα να του δώσω μια ευκαιρία! Ήταν πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα η ανάγνωση του και μου άρεσε η σκιαγράφηση της πρωταγωνίστριας και του περιβάλλοντος της. Το βιβλίο εστιάζει σε έναν μεγάλο έρωτα και στις επιπτώσεις που αυτός έχει στην ηρωίδα και στο περιβάλλον της. Το πάθος και η αγάπη που κυριαρχεί στο βιβλίο είναι έκδηλο και σε παρασύρει να ταυτιστείς με τα συναισθήματα της Κλεμεντίν. Πολύ όμο ...more
Saeed Mohamadi
Shallow Story, horrible graphics and worst ending possible.

Nov 08, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wanted to love this graphic novel so much more. Apparently, it's geared to the YA reader, which I didn't know (at least, several reviewers alluded to that). Not a deal-breaker since I love YA literature, but knowing that would have prepared me for the direction of narrative -- it's all about the process of coming out and how torturous it is for the heroine, Clementine.

This story didn't reach me. Partly, it was a clunky translation from the French. Partly, the story was just packed with every
Feb 24, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jo
Tender and keen coming-of-age story about two young french girls who fall in love. The use of the color blue is uh-mazing and the part of this graphic novel that I liked best. The way that Emma's hair color changes as her relationship with Clementine changes is such a clever way to add another layer to the story of first love: that initial attraction, building the relationship, and the grief surrounding a break-up.

And I wonder if the use of the color blue is a nod to Picasso's blue period? See
This broke my heart at least twice and I could not stop crying. This could have been read in about two hours but I couldn’t force myself through that much emotional stress at one time. The artwork is beautiful, the characters are beautiful, the story is realistic, which makes it beautiful. Ahhh, beautiful.

The first half of this was explorative, deep, inspiring, and crushing. I wish I’d bought the French version, but even in English the author’s poetic nature comes across. The second half rushed
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
I read this in the span of a few hours today, and it resonates with me just as much as its (fantastic) film adaptation did. Graphic novels can be a hugely powerful medium, and the few that I've read so far this year do nothing but enforce that. A must-read!
˗ˏˋ alicja ˎˊ˗
well still not convinced but to be honest it has potential especially if this would be a real book
it's sad and true, very emotional but for someone who has not read a lot of books/graphic novels about 'sad' things

dealing with coming out is hard even if you have a lot of friends who really support you but i can think of much more ways to describe this problem in better way

i don't like very much this style of drawing (?) idk how i should name it professionally

i don't revive this but also do not
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖


Me gusto (por decirlo de alguna manera) como retrata la inseguridad de Clem, como la destruye el ser lesbiana y todo lo que le cuesta aceptar su sexualidad, es triste que incluso ahora en el año 2015 siga habiendo tanta homofobia. Es horrible la verdad, y te hace dar cuenta de todos los p
Marty :}
“Love catches fire, it trespasses, it breaks, we break, it comes back to life... we come back to life. Love may not be eternal but, it can make us eternal.”
The reason I started this book was that I was very, very bored with my current read and I also wanted to watch the movie of 'Blue is the Warmest Color' because tumblr just keeps throwing gifs my away and it seemed very good and I have this principle of first reading the book and afterwards watching the movie (which sometimes I shamefully d
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Julie Maroh (born 1985) is an author and illustrator originally from northern France. She studied comic art at the Institute Saint-Luc in Brussels and lithography and engraving at the Royal Academy of Arts in Brussels, where she still lives.
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“L'amour est quelque chose de trop abstrait et d'indiscernable. Il est dépendant de nous perçu et vécu par nous. Si nous n'existions pas, il n'existerait pas. Et nous sommes tellement changeants... Alors l'amour ne peut que l'être aussi. L'amour s'enflamme, trépasse, se brise, nous brise, se ranime...: nous ranime. L'amour n'est peut-être pas éternel mais nous, il nous rend éternels... Par-delà notre mort, l'amour que nous avons éveillé continue d’accomplir son chemin.” 35 likes
“Je t'aime passionément, et je t'aime paisiblement... peut’être est-ce cela l’amour éternel, ce mélange de paix et de feu.” 27 likes
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