Author Colleen Hoover Responds To Criticism Of Upcoming Film Adaptation Of Her Best-Selling Novel It ends with us.
The film, which stars Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni as two people in an abusive relationship, has drawn criticism from the book’s fan base for its casting.
After photos of the cast on set went viral online, fans expressed skepticism about Lively’s outfit, with many suggesting that her character, Lily Bloom, looked very good. different from how she is portrayed in the books.
The age difference between Lively and Baldoni and their respective characters also drew criticism from fans.
Lively is 35 years old, while her character in the book is 23. Baldoni is 39, playing 30-year-old neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid.
In an interview with TodayHoover ponders the backlash.
“I don’t remember the costume description at all,” she said. “I don’t care what they wear. In my head, it was about the conversation they were having and the story. It’s the same way in the movie.
“You’ve seen a few outfits that are completely out of context. I’m not worried about that.”
Talking about the age difference, Hoover explained that she decided to age the characters for the sake of realism.
“Back when I wrote It ends with usnew adult [genre] was very popular,” she said. “You’re writing college-age characters. That’s what I was contracted to do.
“I didn’t know that neurosurgeons had been out of school for 50 years. There isn’t a 20-year-old neurosurgeon. When I started making this movie, I thought, ‘We need to get rid of them because I messed up.’ So it’s my fault.”
It ends with us was first published in 2016, but its popularity skyrocketed years after its initial publication thanks to the word-of-mouth enthusiasm in the literary circles of TikTok (commonly known as “BookTok”).
Speaking of her experience visiting the set of the film adaptation, Hoover said she was “overwhelmed” by what she saw.
“I’ve seen the footage they shot so far,” she said. “I am not one to cry. I know I write emotional books, but I’m not an emotional person. And I cried a lot on set.”
Addressing fans of her novel, she said: “You will be very happy. I am extremely happy and now my expectations have increased and I will keep them there.”
A sequel to the novel, titled It started with uspublished in February 2022.