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The Idea of ​​You, the author of the novel did not appreciate the ending of the film

It's not easy to please cinematographic and literary audiences when it comes to a screen adaptation. And sometimes even the authors of the stories in question can express discontent. This is what happened recently with The Idea of ​​You. Before becoming a rom com with Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine, the story was born on paper with the pen of Robinne Lee. Already appreciated by its readership, it was then shaped for the screen by adapting the love story of the two protagonists. On the one hand Solène, a single mother in her forties, and on the other Hayes, a 24-year-old singer of a famous boy band. Despite the age difference and the interference of the media in their lives, Solène and Hayes will try to live their love story to the best of their potential. The ending of The Idea of ​​You was not much appreciated by the author of the novel, who admitted that she clearly preferred the original ending.

Even before Robinne Lee, the director of The Idea of ​​You Michael Showalter had also explained why he had made a subtle change to the ending of the film, departing from the original setting of the novel. A choice not shared by the author, as she later told Jezebel via Just Jared. Reflecting on the difference between novel and film, the author cited the ending defined by some as controversial. In both the film and the novel Soléne and Hayes end up breaking off the relationship. The difference lies in the final setting. While in the novel theirs is a clear cut that clarifies the protagonist's intentions well, in the film the narrative is more free to interpretation and suggests that there could be a love story after all or that at least that door has not been closed completely. The author continues her outburst, specifying why she would not have wanted to change that ending on the screen.

“It's not real and that's what bothers me the most. I can not stand it. In romance, even if it is a happy ending, it is only the beginning. Anyone who has been married for more than a year – whether it's 5, 10, or 20 years – knows that it's a job. And it's not always all rosy. But you work as a team. You will have ups and downs. There will be days that aren't so good, especially if you have kids and are experiencing them.”

Written by Guendalina Porta


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