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ATTENTION SPOILER: This story contains spoilers from season 1 of “The summer I became beautiful“Now streaming is on Amazon Prime Video.

Those who read Jenny HahnThe 2009 novel The Summer I Became Beautiful and the two books that followed knew little to expect from the series, which missed its first season on Friday, June 17th.

The premise was simple: a young girl, Belli, and her mother go to a beach house every summer and stay with the mother and her sons’ best friend. White has always been in love with one of the boys, Conrad, and is best friends with his brother Jeremiah. Before her 16th birthday, she returned to the beach and everyone noticed that she was no longer a little girl.

The seven-episode series follows the same realm as newcomer Lola Tung, who plays the belly.

“I really wanted to find actors who felt real, natural and fresh. There is a sense of discovery in this. The base would be the Belly, because everything hangs around it. “She’s the main character, so the most important thing was that we found the right belly,” Khan told Variety. “Lola had that freshness in her. She was still 18 when we chose her and she turned 18 on the show, but I think it’s really hard to create any innocence or novelty about things. This is our first part and she had never done it before. There are so many meta elements in this – White’s big summer and Lola’s big summer. “

Here the author and co-showrunner immerse himself more in the differences between the book series and the TV showher vision for future seasons and those amazing needle drops.

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Gavin CasaleƱo and Lola Tung as Jeremiah and Belly in “The Summer I Became Beautiful”.
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When you adapted the book, how much pressure did you feel when it came to who Belly had chosen romantically at what point in her life?

This is a bit of a balancing act, because I really had to judge what the fans expect with where the show is going creatively and find that balance. My priority has always been that I want the fans of the book to feel really satisfied with the story we are telling, but also to know that this is an adaptation to a new environment, so it won’t be exactly the same. I think these are something like the two things that are always in my head.

In the first book, White rejected Jeremiah. In this she gave him a chance and they were together. Was there a chance she would be with Jeremiah at the end of Season 1 instead of kissing Conrad?

Yes, it was somehow moved to the first season. When I did Jeremiah’s POV in the second book, I was very polar in all directions. I don’t want to spoil much, but the books have been out for a while. You never know what might happen to the show. I was open-minded to enter it. I considered many different options.

So, are you a team of Conrad or Jeremiah?

I definitely had moments of going back and forth for sure, because I think that in order to write these characters, you have to love them and you have to understand them and empathize with them. So I had a lot of sympathy for the two brothers. And my heart would definitely turn just like Belly’s.

Can you talk about Jeremiah’s decision to be bisexual on the show?

I watched this adaptation and thought, if I had to write this book today, how would I write these characters? They are all the same characters, but I think the culture has changed in many ways, and I think this younger generation is much freer on labels and more open and less open to the binary. So I felt like Jeremiah, it really made sense to him, because I think he’s a hero who’s very comfortable in his own skin and calm with himself. I think that was a really natural choice.

It was great to see the young men on this show all the time I ask if they could make a move on their stomachs. So thanks for that. We also see that she becomes more experienced and starts talking about sex. Will future seasons include even more talk about this?

Well thank you! We will see! We are still writing the second season. So I think we’ll find out where this goes.

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Jackie Chung and Rachel Blanchard as Laurel and Susanna in “The Summer I Became Beautiful.”
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Susanna and Laurel’s friendship, as well as their individual personal relationships, were a much larger part of the book’s show. And indeed, their friendship is a love story in itself. Did you know that you want to go deeper into this when you show the show?

One of the pleasures of adapting this for TV was that we have to expand from Belli’s point of view, where in the books it’s really internal, because you’re literally in her head. For the show, we have to expand our world and spend time with other characters in their heads. It was important to me that these two women have their own storylines that are separate from the roles of mother or wife – that they have their own inner world and their own age. Both are somehow at different points of inflection. I really wanted to show the breadth of women’s friendships and their intensity and intimacy, and I really wanted to celebrate how these two women have chosen each other, and they have been choosing each other for decades. They really prioritize their friendship, so much so that they choose to be together in this house and take their children with them and create this magical world as a family.

Susanna dies between the first and second books. What conversations did you have with Rachel Blanchard in the beginning about her character and the way she moved?

We have a lot of talk about Susanna’s trajectory, and all the cast members also read the books, so everyone went into it with that knowledge base. I would say that Rachel and I talked a lot about how I think Susanna is one of the most important characters in the first season. I think every single person is in her orbit in some way and everyone is there because of her and she is very loved by all of them. People react to it in many ways. It takes people on different journeys, so it was important to me that the person I chose for this role was someone who attracted people, someone you could just fall in love with.

Obviously we have to talk about music, because it is a hero in the show. There are many Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo and Ariana Grande. Can you explain the process of obtaining the rights to these huge hits?

It was almost the normal way to write scripts after that hoping people will give us permission. As it went on, there were certain scenes in which I asked for 10 different songs to try. For the most part, we managed to get almost everything we followed. The way I approached music was thinking about how I think there is always this song of the summer. You remember where you were when the song was big and there’s something really nostalgic about the music that can just take you somewhere else in time. So I wanted the show to have that immediacy, but also that sense of memory. I really wanted songs that were recognizable.

In order to get the rights to the music, our process was to show the artist the script so that they could see the scene and have that context of what it would be, because some artists choose who they give the rights to and they don’t. be like super violent or something. Different artists deal with this in different ways, but it was almost the process for all the music we approached.

So this is a story of three books. You already have season 2. Are you planning for three seasons?

It all depends on what Amazon wants and really, really what the audience wants. I would like to have three seasons because there are three books. So I wish I could finish telling this story the way I wrote it. But I certainly don’t take anything for granted. I just hope people find the audience and people love it and want more.

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