I’ll all the time and perpetually be obsessive about these films.

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In an unique interview, New York Instances best-selling creator Jenny Han talks about writing the To All of the Boys trilogy, working as an govt producer on the Netflix variations, and saying goodbye to Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky.

Listed here are the highest 20 issues she revealed:

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One of many largest variations between the books and the films is the setting, and altering it from Virginia to Oregon had a “ripple impact.”

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“Within the ebook, she needs to go to UVA. And it is all the time been the place she thinks she’s gonna go — it is very near her house, and since she is a homebody, to her that appears like her splendid state of affairs, having the ability to come house on the weekends and do laundry, and see her sister and her dad. And in order that shift occurred for the films, as nicely. It is type of determining what the comparability was to that.”


One other distinction is the Covey’s journey to Korea, which we see within the film, occurs off the web page within the ebook.

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“The Korea scenes occur off the web page within the ebook, and I do not know that I want I might put it in as a result of I believe, once more, it is quite a bit to wrangle. However, I am pleased that we went there for the film.”


The toughest scene to write down was Peter and Lara Jean’s break up.

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“I believe it was actually troublesome to write down and to know totally the place each of them have been coming from in that second. You recognize, I believe that they every had their very own perspective and the place they have been at emotionally; it was simply totally exploring that.”


Alternatively, essentially the most enjoyable scenes to write down have been the Seaside Week scenes — which did not make it into the film.


It was necessary that the journey to Korea felt “actually private,” as a result of connection to the Covey ladies’ late mother.

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“One thing I mentioned early on was, I don’t need this journey to really feel the identical as if the Covey household goes to Italy for spring break, and they are going to be on the Trevi Fountain, and having gelato and all that. This could really feel extra related to them, and for the women, it clearly represents their mother. She’s not with them, and so when they’re experiencing it, they’re occupied with their mother, and so they’re occupied with their connection to their mother vis a vis tradition. It was necessary to me to point out just a little little bit of that have…We did not actually have a lot time [in Korea]. I knew that it was solely going to be a couple of minutes of the opening after which they’d must get again house to the primary thrust of the story, however simply to have these couple of beats made it really feel actually particular to Lara Jean.”


It was additionally necessary to replicate Lara Jean’s expertise as a second technology Asian American.


Jenny was “on set the entire time” in Korea.

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“We have been there, I believe, three weeks — two weeks of filming and one week of prep. It was enjoyable as a result of nobody had been to Korea earlier than from the forged and crew, so it was enjoyable to introduce Seoul to them. Plenty of them had by no means even had Korean meals, it was so enjoyable.”


And she or he (with the assistance of a buddy) was the one who really helpful they movie at Greem Café in Seoul.

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“Early on, I had talked to them about areas. And that location was a suggestion from a buddy as a result of she goes to Korea on a regular basis. So I used to be like, ‘What’s one of many sizzling locations to go that is actually aesthetic?’ And she or he informed me about it, so then I informed them. I used to be like, ‘Please go to this place!’ I wasn’t certain if it was going to work out or not as a result of their schedule was packed, and it was type of on the opposite aspect of the town, however they checked it out and so they thought it was excellent. So I used to be so happy that it ended up being certainly one of opening scenes.”


Among the best behind-the-scenes reminiscences from filming in Korea was attending a baseball sport collectively…


…and celebrating one another’s birthdays.


Jenny was additionally on location whereas filming the New York scenes. (And sure, that’s the Empire State Constructing lit up with TATBILB colours!)


Jenny did not have any alternate endings for At all times and Perpetually as a result of she tends to “write fairly fully,” and would not “actually waste something.”


She additionally “truthfully would not know” the place Peter and Lara Jean at the moment are.


“They’re younger and so they have their entire lives forward of them when it comes to what their path is gonna appear to be. And after I’m writing the books, I am tremendous tuned in and related to what they’re doing after which when it is over, I wish to have just a little little bit of an open-ended ending that feels optimistic and hopeful, however it’s not supplying you with each single element of the place they’re going to be in 10 years. I really feel just like the characters inform me and I determine that out alongside the best way, so I inform people who it is actually as much as their very own imaginations, and what they assume they’re going to be doing.”


However, she says “by no means say by no means” on revisiting their tales down the road.

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“Although I believe we go away this specific story in a very good place, I believe it must be a contemporary story that involves me that feels actually thrilling for me to deal with as a creator, that goes someplace that I have not gone earlier than with them, if it is years sooner or later, or no matter that appears like. However once you’re writing the ebook, you spend lots of time with that story simply occupied with it and gestating it, after which the precise writing of it, after which speaking about it and publishing it. And so, I believe it needs to be one thing that is coming out of your intestine, and your individual type of creativity, in a means. One thing that feels thrilling, contemporary, new, and the subsequent terrain. However I believe, at the very least proper now, individuals will probably be very glad and it will tide them over for some time.”


Jenny describes her writing course of as “significantly torturous.”


Sure, there was a particular which means behind her cameo scene.

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“It was fairly candy to me for this cameo, simply on a meta degree, to be there at their meet cute, as a result of I made it up. Michael, the director, that that was his thought of the place to place me. And to me, and I believe for followers of the books, will probably be just a little wink to them, that I am at their first assembly, since I actually was as a author.


And the selection to make Lara Jean a author sooner or later was tremendous meta, but additionally “actually particular.”

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“I believe additionally that she goes to New York and she or he’s a author, that once more, was Michael’s imaginative and prescient. And I believe that it’s actually candy as a result of, possibly this [movie] greater than any of the opposite ones, feels actually tied to me. And you recognize, Lara Jean may be very pricey to my coronary heart, and it felt actually particular to type of shut her out in that means.


Jenny used her personal life as inspiration for To All of the Boys — significantly, she used to write down love letters!


Total, the expertise of getting her books printed and tailored right into a beloved movie trilogy has been “fairly wild.”


And, fortunately for us, she’s doing it another time for TV!

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The Summer season I Turned Fairly got here out in 2009 and through the years, there have been fairly just a few makes an attempt to adapt it for TV or movie. I really feel fortunate now that none of them ever got here to cross as a result of I get to be the one to do it now, in 2021. My hope is to take what individuals cherished about these tales and replace it for this second. This story may be very close to and pricey to my coronary heart, so I do know I will give it my all.