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Everything you need to know about Cyrano de Bergerac before watching ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’

We’re obsessively checking Netflix just waiting for Sierra Burgess is a Loser to finally debut so we can swoon over sensitive-but-hot dreamboat Noah Centineo in his next starring role! Following the titular character Sierra, the new Netflix romcom is all about being able to see past appearances to love the content of a person’s soul, and it’s actually based on the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. Not sure what that means? No worries fam, we’ve got everything you need to know about Cyrano before you binge this new classic 10 times this weekend.


Cyrano de Begerac follows a man with an abnormally long nose

Yes, you read that right, this guy was basically Pinocchio, only his nose doesn’t correspond to lies, just to pure unadulterated swagger. Cyrano may have a nose longer than a twitter rant, but he certainly has a way with words that will leave every lady swooning. He’s sort of like literature’s most famous (and tragic) ghostwriter!


Sierra Burgess is a gender-swapped version of the original play

In the original play we follow witty (and big nosed) Cyrano as he attempts to court Roxanne, a beautiful and kind noble woman. However, when she remarks offhand that she has romantic leanings for a different more handsome man, Christian, he decides to put his feelings for her aside in order to make her happy. Instead he picks up a pen and becomes the words his rival Christian uses to woo their mutual lady love! But with Cyrano’s words somehow even more lovely than Christian’s face, Roxanne starts to fall for the man behind the man, and tragedy, comedy, and more than a little mayhem ensue.


The original takes place in Paris in the 1640s

The city of capital ‘R’ Romance! While modern day small town America may not be quite as decadent (or smelly, tbh) we’re hoping this swoony remake will still have plenty of romantic settings, dances, and witty repartee!


Cyrano de Bergerac ends in tragedy

We’ve got our fingers crossed that this romcom won’t transition to tragedy with our hero being acknowledged only on her death bed, years after fighting valiantly in the French army and – wait I mean after graduating high school?



If you’re looking for something else to read before you watch, be sure to pick up Always Never Yours!





Penguin Teen