In ‘body music’, love is sweet, sexy and moving.
It’s so nice to see Julie Marlowe once again write about the love of young people. This is not an undeveloped topic, but French artists have a knack for breaking it up. In her 2010 graphic novel, “blue is the warmest color,” the mood of the protagonist’s locked eyes actually burned down the page. The book is far from perfect, but it is easy to see why it has won so much praise and inspired an award-winning film.
Now it’s Body Music, collecting 21 little episodes of love. Like blue, this is not a problem, but Marlowe’s sincere romanticism has brought it to the surface. Her sympathy for human frailty makes the story of two blue French girls stand out among the many other love stories. Just like in the book, the body the characters in the music just like real lover – clumsy, guess yourself, hurt each other – but they are clean and pure mind and the ability to examine itself make them separated from most of the lovers, will meet in real life. Really, how often do we serve as our best selves in the pursuit of our passions? Maro imagines a world that we almost always do.
The story here is simple. Two people click on a baseball game in a city park. A rider stewed his lover’s quarrel. A couple tried to recreate the conditions for their first meeting. Maroh gives each situation a powerful lyric, turning the role into an eloquent flight. She writes like the passionate, funny girl in your high school days, who always wrote poetry behind her math notebook – only she was better. When the contemplative cyclist ran his front wheel into a hole and fell off his bike, he would not think of his limbs, but his love. “It’s the body — the terror of our relationship slipping between our fingers, like water, we can’t pull it back,” he mused, lying on the ground. “Do we have to get this low to finally understand that other people matter?”
Emotions like this are linked to happiness, sometimes to the emotions, but Maroh tries to keep the book working. She was very sincere about her character, and for her character, she felt like she was the most cynical of her.
Her interest in painting techniques and painting is of great help in maintaining cynicism. Like many comic artists, she seems to build every face from scratch, using repetitive devices to encapsulate each character. She standardizes things, but each time she draws, she subtly changes the person’s mouth or eyebrows. The faces of the characters vary greatly according to their feelings, and sometimes they look like different people, from one group to another. It aroused great interest, they just lay on the bed or lie in bed, thinking and talking about their emotional objects.
‘music’ may be a bit sugary, but it’s sweet for a reason.
It’s not that they’re talking. Maro also injected a lot of steam. A clear lesbian love scene, two men on the dance floor flirtation and other erotic moments are very intimate, let the reader feel a bit of the intruder’s excitement. But other times, maro made a clear speech to her audience. – especially those in the stories about the story of pluralism and transgender identity – these roles very noble, they in a book designed to instill a liberal values of children’s beginning to sound like two pairs of shoes.
But that’s understandable. It’s hard to be an idealist if you make way from time to time. Body music may be a bit sugary, but its sweetness is a reason to crave.