Julie Maroh is interviewed about her graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color
, which calls it "a tragic yet beautifully wrought graphic novel."
In the interview, Julie states:
"What interested me was the banalization of homosexuality, and I first addressed the book to those who would judge and reject people for their sexuality. That was an abstract thought, though. Since Iím a storyteller, I usually donít think about the reader. And actually, I believe itís dangerous for a story when you start asking yourself, ďWho will read it? What will they think about it?Ē while youíre writing and/or drawing it. And the awareness Iíve got today is clearly not the same I had when I started the book at 19, or when I started the final pages at 23.
"I came to realize the social potential of [the book] when it was sketched and read by people around me who were moved and excited to see it soon published. And then, when the book came out, being read and shared, I had to face the fact that, yes, it might really move people. Since itís out, Iíve received one or two mails or testimonies per week, on average. Queer youth indeed, but most of the time, just Ö people! People of all ages, nationalities, ways of life."
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