Read A F*cking Book GIVEAWAY: Win a Copy of “Blue Is The Warmest Color”

Okay, queermos. You’ll notice we at Autostraddle LOVE comics. From Hansen’s webcomic discovery to Mey’s Drawn to Comics column to interviewing Erika Moen. All in all, we heart graphic storytelling big time. And we know y’all do too! So we want to hook two commenters up with copies of Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color.

I’ll be discussing this book super soon — don’t you want to read along with me? Don’t you want to post the best, most knowing and informed comments on that discussion, thus elevating a simple review into a symphony of literary criticism and audience participation? Because I want that. I want that for you and I want that for me.

This graphic novel has been making quite the buzz lately, as it’s been recently adapted into a movie (en français, “La Vie d’Adèle”) — a movie that’s totally now playing in select theatres after doing super well at Cannes (won the Palme d’Or), and you probs want to go see that, too. (Kate will be reviewing the film soon!) The story is about Adèle, “a passionate young woman who has a yearning she doesn’t quite understand until a chance encounter with the blue-haired Emma ignites a flame and brings her to life.” And let me tell you, I am REALLY PUMPED TO READ IT/SEE IT.

via Blue is the Warmest Color

Look at how gorgeous this art is! via Blue is the Warmest Color

So how do you win this thang? Simply leave a comment on this post by midnight on Halloween (that’s tomorrow, and also technically 12 am November 1st) and we’ll throw the number of comments into a random number picker. We’ll then email you (don’t worry, we can see your email, you don’t have to put that in the comment) to let you know if you’re one of the two lovely humans selected and get your mailing address. You can comment re: anything, but you’ll win bonus points in my heart if you link to a picture of yourself with blue hair.

Eeeeeeeeee! via The Daily Beast

Eeeeeeeeee! via The Daily Beast

On the off chance you don’t win, you can grab a copy of Blue Is The Warmest Color right here. And go see the movie!

Update: the winners of the books are Commenter #94, Theresa, and Commenter #161, Ariel! You’ll be seeing us in your inbox soon to get your deets! Congrats!

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

A.E. has written 543 articles for us.


  1. Alas, I do not have blue hair to show off, however I had the amazing opportunity to see the movie at a private screening for Sundance and it was phenomenal. I really wish I had known about the book before the film came out, but now I really want to read this great story.

  2. I always fantasized with having my hair blue, but I have been too much of a good catholic girl my whole life… Now it would be just too much: I am one of the few white people of the village I live in; I already stand out waaaaaaaay more than I would like to.

  3. I just came across another graphic novel with a lesbian story line called Dora, but I won’t let myself go back and buy it until I’ve finished the novel I just bought (TransAtlantic, highly recommended though not gay :P). Anyone read it?

  4. Pshyeah, free books are awesome. I used to have blue hair, among many other colours. I just finished reading a book featuring a badass heroine with blue hair (check out Daughter of Smoke and Bone if you haven’t already). I’m also re-dying a friend’s hair blue this Sunday.

    …aaaaaaand somehow I can’t figure out how to post the picture of my old dyejob. Failing :/

  5. This giveaway is eerily relevant to my life right now. Currently falling for a girl (for the first time!). Her name is Emma! She doesn’t have blue hair, but she has the bluest eyes. Think I’m gonna have to read this book either way :)

  6. Can’t wait to see it (hopefully by giveaway Autostraddle copy)! read so many incredible things about this film. And I’m beginning a serious hard copy collection of queer girl films to keep me company in heteronormative Delhi that this would be a serious contribution to.

  7. I’ve just done a bit of crazy mental calculation and yes! I think it’s still before midnight in the USA! All the parts of the USA. (because you guys have several time zones don’t you?)

    I don’t have blue hair, sadly. I’ve had a long and emotional relationship with the fact that I don’t have blue hair which I desperately wanted as a teenager. My hair is very, very dark and weirdly dye resistant. Even when I tried to get professional help with this my hairdresser’s response was ‘Eh.. maybe you could put a hint of red in it? The amount of bleach we’d need to turn it blue will actually turn you bald, sorry’. I still, many years later, have the bottle of blue dye in my bedroom (it probably would do worse than turn me bald after all these years actually). My dad went grey early (around the age I currently am) so I’m waiting for the grey (light and therefore dyable) hairs to appear in force and then, finally then, I will have the blue hair.

    I did base my hair cut on a comic book character though, Tatsuki Arisawa from Bleach. Decided the minute I first stumbled across the book at 14, though I was in first year of college before I had the courage (and money) to get it all cut off.

    The final part of my boring-non-blue-haired pitch for this book is that if you send it my way I hereby pledge to review it for the main queer ladies blog here in Ireland (Gaelick), as though we are all members of the same strange but wonderful transatlantic blog based queer book club. Just a thought!

  8. This a such a great motivator. I heard a little about the movie on NPR. Too busy to follow up. Then I see this on Autostraddle with two illustrations from the book. So very eye catching! And add the midnight Halloween deadline. It made me finally register and create a login, and will make me try to find a place to watch the movie this weekend. And hoping to read the lovely book too…. :)

  9. Yes yes yes yes, please please please! The movie was lovely, I didn’t find the sex scene unrealistic, and YO, Lea Seydoux is ridiculously gorgeous. I could die. I’d love to read the book as an actual book, as well, so if I win, I will love all y’all foreva.

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