A fandom rivalry has taken place online after First Kill fans questioned why Heartsopper has been renewed for two seasons, while Emma Roberts’ queer teen vampire series has been axed by Netflix.
The supernatural teen drama follows bloodsucker Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) as she prepares to dig her fangs into an innocent human so she can take her place among an elite vampire family.
Wild Child actress Emma, 31, did not star in the series but worked behind the scenes as an executive producer.
Netflix insiders revealed the decision behind the cancellation was due to an imbalance between ‘viewing numbers versus cost’, according to Variety.
Following the shocking announcement, devastated fans have shared their disappointment online with some threatening to ‘boycott’ the streaming service.
However, several have taken things a step further and said that despite First Kill getting ‘twice as many views’ as the cute coming-of-age drama, it’s still getting the chop.
Based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novels, Heartstopper follows the rugby lad Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) and his form buddy Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) as they fall in love and embark on a secret relationship – forced to keep it on the down-low since Nick hasn’t yet come out.
Since the show’s release, Heartstopper has been praised for its authentic LGBTQ+ representation and for taking the care of casting mostly LGBTQ+ actors
And with this in mind, devoted viewers didn’t hold back and reminded the First Kill fandom of the show’s differences.
‘I 100% understand coming for Netflix for cancelling FK but stop saying that fk had ‘twice’ as much hours viewed without also mentioning that it’s twice as long as heartstopper… I would also like to point out that FK is Netflix US and HS is Netflix UK. alright goodnight,’ one person wrote.
A third tweeted: ‘ALSO can we stop comparing heartstopper and first kill. Like besides being queer there’s nothing similar about either of them. Stop saying heartstopper is better that’s why it’s renewed. THEY CAN EXIST SEPARATELY AND PEOPLE CAN LOVE THEM WITHOUT S*****NG ON SOMETHING ELSE.’
While another added: ‘Not people dragging heartstopper actors because of first kill being cancelled. explain the correlation? tf.’
Since its release, Heartstopper has been cherished by critics and fans alike, with many LGBTQ+ people hailing it as the series they ‘wish they had’ growing up and managing the near-impossible feat of achieving a 100% perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Immediately, it burst into the Netflix top 10 in 54 countries and was streamed for almost 40 million hours in its first fortnight alone.
Season one of First Kill and Heartstopper are available to stream on Netflix.