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Le bleu est une couleur chaude

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  8,730 ratings  ·  861 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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Jun 22, 2013 Warwick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Warwick by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Shelves: comics, france, 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
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
Anthony Vacca
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
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
Anna  (Bananas!)
*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
4.5 stars.

This is a beautiful graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous and emotive, and Maroh's ability to depict emotion in her characters' faces is second to none. And then there's the story, which is a mixture of happiness and pain.

I had already seen the film and loved it, and the graphic novel is close to it in some ways. However, the film took liberties with the storyline, and much of the second half of the original story is vastly different, with a completely different ending. However, I sti
Megan Olivier
I really enjoyed this one! It brought back all of the emotions I felt watching the movie. Definitely have some tissues ready!

I'll be talking more about this book in my January Wrap Up here:

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
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
I started this novel with some trepidation. The story has gathered some controversy. The way I understand it, there's an award-winning film based on this book, and the film (and maybe this original source material?) has been called out as overly graphic and labeled (by some) as lesbian porn featuring minors for the male gaze. I'm mostly speaking from headlines. Since I was already planning to read the GN, I didn't want to spoil it too hard.
I haven't seen the film (yet), but my experience of thi
This graphic novel somehow manages not to miss any clichés that go with coming out stories: self-loathing, denial, homophobic friends, hate and blame towards the one you love, anger, fear of coming out, intolerant parents (view spoiler). In its defense, it’s the 1990s, France, and considering the odd buffoonery that went down in Paris just a few weeks ago in protest of the gay marriage bill, this book is not unrealistic and its movie ad ...more
Pilar Toro
Una historia de amor tan sencilla, preciosa, compleja y trágica como la propia vida. Un libro sobre la dificultad de la autoaceptación incluso en una sociedad moderna, y sobre cómo ser homosexual sigue sin ser fácil hoy en día, especialmente durante la adolescencia. Esta contada con un trazo precioso y sus dos protagonistas están bien desarrolladas y son muy reales, cuando terminas sientes que las conoces porque has amado y sufrido con ellas. El único problema es que se me hizo muy corto, lo emp ...more
The artwork is really gorgeous. I love the color scheme, with its pops of blue and how it differentiates between the present time and the flashbacks as Emma reads through Clementine's journals.
It ends rather abruptly though, I thought. Clementine is outed to her parents when Emma, who is staying over, goes down to the kitchen for a glass of milk in the middle of the night totally naked. Naked? I thought. In her girlfriend's parents' kitchen? Maybe it's a French thing. And then suddenly they are
Nov 20, 2011 Dahl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comic
No suelo leer cómics. No es por nada en especial, no los considero mejor o peor lectura, simplemente no suelo leerlos.

Hace unos días, sin embargo, llegó a mis manos un ejemplar de El azul es un color cálido, casi por casualidad. Lo abrí sin muchas pretensiones y cuando me quise dar cuenta estaba cerrándolo por la última página con un nudo de emoción en el estómago.

Es una historia sencilla que habla de lo que significa enamorarse. Tan simple y épica como es el amor.
Es una historia triste, bonita, complicada sin tener que serlo, tierna, emotiva, intima, dura y muy bien dibujada. Es un dibujo que te invita a repasar las viñetas antes de pasar de pagina y eso unido a la historia del amor interrumpido entre Emma y Clementine, hacen un cómic notable, en mi opinión. Cómic que se esta adaptando al cine en Francia y cuyo estreno esta previsto para 2013 con Léa Seydoux dando vida a la chica de pelo y miradas azules.
Maria João Fernandes
"Life does not work for everyone else, or other, my dear heart."

Clementine é uma adolescente "normal": tem amigos, família e namorado. Contudo, não é inteiramente feliz, pois não consegue lidar com os sentimentos que a abraçam e que evocam pensamentos e desejos desconhecidos até ao momento. Valentin, o seu melhor amigo, na tentativa de a animar, leva-a a sair consigo, até a um bar gay.

"Everything that is happening to me has a name...Emma. Her name is Emma."

É então que algo desperta em Clementine
i. merey
Clementine (Clem) is a regular French teen who finds herself considering she might be gay.
When a classmate viciously makes fun of her for even the suspicion, she buries the possibility deep within her. 'I am not a lesbian!' she cries. So why can't she forget the blue-haired girl who smiled at her at the public square? Why does the color blue keep seeping into her monochrome life?

This was a beautiful graphic novel about first love that grows into lifetime love. I loved the use of color (or lack o
I just gave another comic a 5 stars rating and after reading this book the only thing I can think is how I should rate this book at 10 stars, 15 stars...
I have never been moved so much by a book or a movie. I was crying while reading the last quarter of the book...
I have to steal the words of someone to say how good it was for me :
"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mo
Blue is the Warmest Color (Le bleu est une couleur chaude) took French graphic novelist Julie Maroh five years to complete. She started it when she was 19 and thanks to the support of the community she was able to finish this coming of age story. It has since been adapted into a movie directed by Abdelatif Kechiche and went on to be awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Blue is the Warmest Color takes place in 2008 following the death of Emma’s partner Clémentine. At the reques
Lucía Cherri
Qué historia tan triste, pero muy encantadora al mismo tiempo. Lo terminé en poco tiempo y con lágrimas en los ojos.
Paper Droids
Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a graphic novel written and drawn by French artist Julie Maroh, and translated into English by Ivanka Hahnenberger. It has recently been made into a feature film by Abdellatif Kechiche, and won the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. The English-language version of Blue is the Warmest Colour was provided for review by Canadian publisher Arsenal Pulp Press.

I wanted to like Blue Is the Warmest Colour. I’d been waiting for it, rooting for it, and followi
"Puede que el amor eterno sea esto, esta mezcla de paz y fuego."

Me demoré menos de una hora leyéndolo y tengo lágrimas acumuladas. Quiero citar a Isaac de TFiOS y decir que todo el mundo se merece un amor que dure como mínimo todo la vida; pero él jamás especificó la vida de quién. El azul es un color cálido y melancólico, justo como esta historia: te hace creer que el amor es algo que puede ser tan real como tu quieras, que no es inmortal pero nos hace inmortales, que vale la pena sacrificar to
Oct 05, 2014 Leah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leah by: Jaime
Myriam St-Denis Lisée
Oh gosh j'ai tellement pleuré!
Cette BD est magnifique, l'histoire, le visuel, le rythme, et nous permet de nous mettre dans la peau des homosexuels et lesbiennes qui doivent évoluer dans une mare de préjugés encore bien présents...
Dudo mucho que esta reseña sea objetiva, dado que este es el primer cómic que leo y no tengo nada con que compararlo. En cualquier caso, voy a intentarlo.
La historia de Clementine y Emma, a pesar de su fugacidad, está llena. Llena de significado, de profundidad, de estética y de buenos personajes. Condensar todos estos aspectos en “simples” ilustraciones tiene un mérito inimaginable, y sigo gratamente sorprendida con cómo la autora ha conseguido llegar a tanto a través de tan poco. Es increíble
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Oct 26, 2013 Vicky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A.W. who is sooo much like Clementine
Shelves: comics, lesbians, french
I like not getting what I want, I guess
I'm just reporting what the facts suggest
I read my journals
It appears I like torture a lot

—True words from Khaela Maricich, "I Tell Myself Everything"

What I look for when I read lesbian coming-of-age stories—excitement, prolonged sexual tension, total agony, embarrassment, possibly unrequited feelings, confusion, wanting to die, then something good might happen, then wanting to live (basically torture).

Julie Maroh tries to give the reader all those emotio
Are you saying to yourself, "Gadzooks! It's been a while since I read a graphic novel, lesbian-coming-of-age story that really bruised my heart."?
Well then, this is the book for you. This might be one where the movie is better than the book--I haven't seen the movie but I felt like the story moved along too fast in graphic novel format for me to really develop a relationship with the characters (whereas, I'm guessing, the film takes the luxury of enmeshing the audience deeper). It's a very touch
William Boyle
Stunning artwork. A structurally flawed story told with a ton of heart. The movie is better but it's a goddamn masterpiece so it's a hard comparison to make. Adèle Exarchopoulos gives an incredible performance, something that can't be duplicated on the page. And the writing in the movie, for my money, is just way stronger--the structural flaws are dealt with, the pacing is perfect, the conversations are more fleshed out. Still, I really dug this book and can't wait to read SKANDALON.
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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.” 19 likes
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