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'Always and Forever, Lara Jean' Author Jenny Han Talks Bringing Her Story Full Circle

'Always and Forever, Lara Jean' Author Jenny Han Talks Bringing Her Story Full Circle

The final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is out today!

We recently sat down with New York Times best-selling author Jenny Han to talk about how the third installment came together.

“I wasn’t planning on doing a third book. It was just supposed to be the two,” she told JJJ. “I just started secretly working on it because I didn’t want to get anyone excited about it. I wanted to see if there was enough story left to tell. The first night I started working on it, I was up til dawn just writing it. Then I thought, ‘OK, there’s stuff I still want to say.’”

“One of the things I’m glad about is being able to bring her full circle,” Jenny said. “Because as the first book ends, her sister is going to college and leaving, and she’s feeling really adrift about it – feeling just like her support system is gone and the ground is shifting below her. She’s thinking ‘I would have done things this way and I wouldn’t have gone so far away. I wouldn’t bring my boyfriend.’ It was fun for me to put her in that place because it was going to be her time. How would she do things differently…or not?”

“I wanted to write a character who felt very comfortable in own skin, and satisfied in her circumstances,” Jenny told us about crafting Lara Jean as the series’ protagonist. “She’s really not longing for a boyfriend or longing for a better social life. She really does like to be at home, and make cookies and hang out with her sisters. That’s sincere. She is a character with a lot of longing and romantic ideals, but that doesn’t necessarily look the same way that someone else’s does. I like to explore that.”

As for deciding whether or not Lara Jean and Peter live happily ever after, Jenny said, “In terms of teenage romance and falling in love…you want that to be forever. And then you think, you’re 18. Is that person really the person for you? Maybe. They might be. They might not be. I really grappled with that idea – what I wanted for her and what she would want for herself.”

Be sure to pick up your copy of Always and Forever, Lara Jean now!

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Aspiring Author 101: Famous in Love's Rebecca Serle on Putting Yourself Out There

Aspiring Author 101: Famous in Love's Rebecca Serle on Putting Yourself Out There

Do you have dreams of becoming a novelist? Aspiring Author 101 is a new feature on JustJaredJr.com where we dive into the nitty gritty of writing a novel with some of our favorite, successful YA authors.

First up is author Rebecca Serle – the brains behind the popular Famous in Love series – who also happens to write for the Freeform television adaptation of her book.

We talked with Rebecca about everything from where she writes, what books she recommends, and what advice she has for aspiring young novelists like you!

Be sure to pick up your copy of Famous in Love.

Aspiring Author 101 Q&A – Rebecca Serle

What’s one book everyone should read at some point? Stephen King‘s On Writing. It’s the best book on process that I’ve ever encountered. It’s the No. 1 piece of advice I give to someone who asks me for advice about writing. I also think it’s just a great life book. And because it’s Stephen King, it’s a page-turner.

One book you’ll never get tired of reading? Harry Potter. God knows how many times I’ve read Harry Potter (laughs).

Hardcover, paperback or digital copies? It’s different for different things. I’m a big memoir person and I love to read memoir. So Patti Smith’s memoir, Diane Keaton‘s memoir, I have all of those in hard cover. And most of them are signed, which is pretty cool. That’s the fun thing about living in New York. They all come to the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, so I get to go. Books like that I have in hard cover. I prefer to read in the flesh, but because I travel so much – I’m back and forth between New York and L.A. constantly – I do use my iPad a lot. I use everything. I get a lot of paperbacks [too].

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Chris Colfer's Final 'The Land of Stories' Book Cover Is Just As Magical As You'd Expect

Chris Colfer's Final 'The Land of Stories' Book Cover Is Just As Magical As You'd Expect

It’s here!

The cover for Chris Colfer‘s final book in his The Land of Stories series has been revealed and everything about it is amazing!

In “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide”, we’ll meet back up with siblings Connor and Alex as they deal with the various fairy tale heroes and villains no longer being confined to their worlds.

So with trouble brewing in New York City, the twins must figure out how to right the balance of the human and the fairy tale world.

Chris tells EW about the book, “‘The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide’ was by far the most difficult book I’ve ever written. Not only was I pushing myself to meet readers’ expectations, I also began grieving the series’ conclusion at the prologue.”

He adds, “I’ve been lucky to wear many creative hats in my career, but being an author of a popular book series has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Although this is the last book in the series, I’m confident this isn’t the end for The Land of Stories.”

Does this mean a spin-off series? We hope so!

“The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide” is out on July 11th.

'Famous in Love' Author Rebecca Serle Opens Up About Writing the Show With Marlene King

'Famous in Love' Author Rebecca Serle Opens Up About Writing the Show With Marlene King

Rebecca Serle, the woman behind the Famous in Love novels, is also a writer on the highly-anticipated upcoming television adaptation.

In fact, she told us that she always planned to make a movie or TV show out of the idea.

“I was over at one of my really good friend’s house and I was flipping through this magazine,” Rebecca explained. “There was a photo of Katie Holmes and honestly, it may have with been Tom Cruise. She may have still been married. This was seven years ago. I was reminiscing with this friend about obsessed I was with [Dawson's Creek couple] Pacey and Joey, and them dating in real life, and their characters falling in love on screen – and sort of that dialogue between fiction and reality. And I just stopped, and looked at my friend, and we were both like, ‘That’s a book.’”

“It was always a dream of mine to create a show and contribute to this space,” she told us. “I was obsessed with teen content growing up. I grew up on shows like Dawson’s Creek and Roswell, and moved on to Gilmore Girls. I felt like those characters were really my friends in moments that were challenging in adolescence. I just think it’s really cool to create content for people who are becoming adults. It’s really fun. I remember when Alex died on Roswell, I was inconsolable. It felt like I had really lost a friend. Television is so intimate – you invite people into your home. They sit with you week after week after week. You’re so invested over the course of many years.”

So, Rebecca wrote the pilot script and gave it to Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene King, with whom she now works on the series.

“I was a fan of Pretty Little Liars and she’s obviously done really amazing things in that YA space,” Rebecca said. “It was super educational. Shes definitely a powerhouse. Pretty Little Liars has something like the biggest social media presence…it’s a total phenomenon. I think if we can have a tenth of the success that they’ve had in that space, we’d be very happy.”

Famous in Love premieres TONIGHT, April 18 @ 9/8c on Freeform.

In case you missed it, find out what Rebecca told us about the killer cast!

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'Famous in Love' Author Rebecca Serle Talks Casting & Why Bella Thorne Was Always Paige

'Famous in Love' Author Rebecca Serle Talks Casting & Why Bella Thorne Was Always Paige

One of the hardest things to do when adapting a book into a television series has to be casting the right people for those beloved roles.

Famous in Love author Rebecca Serle, who also developed the series for Freeform, was very involved with choosing which actors would play which characters on the show.

“That was the hardest part for me, was casting,” Rebecca told us when we recently sat down with her. “It was really tough because at the time, I had lived with these characters for six years before anybody else really got involved, so it was hard for me to see other people as being them.”

She added, “Bella [Thorne] was different because we had sent Bella the book first and she loved it. And that was a year and a half before the book even came out. I had her in my head for a long time as Paige. So there’s no separation between Paige and Bella.”

“We ended up with such a great cast. We had amazing casting directors and there are so many people who are involved in the casting process,” Rebecca said. “I just feel really grateful. I don’t know how else it happened other than luck and having really great people involved.”

“When a character comes to life, they become more complicated,” she explained. “Just by the reality of breathing, and living, and talking, and walking, and moving. I think sometimes there were discrepancies where I’d be like “Whoa, whoa, wait.” But as soon as we had the cast at our first table read, I was like “Oh yeah, this is it.” It just felt good to me. They are all such good people and they get along with each other so well. It’s great.”

Click inside to find out what Rebecca told us about each castmember… More Here! »

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Win a Free Copy of Rebecca Serle's Hit Novel 'Famous in Love' - Enter Now!

Win a Free Copy of Rebecca Serle's Hit Novel 'Famous in Love' - Enter Now!

Are you a Famous in Love fan? Have you not been able to get your hands on a copy?

You’re in luck! JJJ is giving away five free copies of the amazing Rebecca Serle novel.

Oh, and it’s the newest cover featuring Bella Thorne, who stars in the upcoming Freeform show based on the book.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Famous in Love “tells the story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.”

Enter below from NOW until midnight ET on Tuesday, April 18 (AKA the day of the premiere!) for your chance to win!

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Hannah Survived in '13 Reasons Why' Original Book Version, Author Jay Asher Reveals

Hannah Survived in '13 Reasons Why' Original Book Version, Author Jay Asher Reveals

Before books are published, they go through many different phases — first drafts, second drafts, final edits…the list keeps going.

So it’s not really a surprise that in one version of “13 Reasons Why”, Hannah survives.

“I liked the idea of ‘We’ve learned something from this. And yet, here’s a second chance,’” author Jay Asher revealed about the original ending. “Knowing as well that it was going to be difficult when Hannah went back to school to have to deal with those kids.”

“It’s not like everything’s smooth now. In fact, it might be even tenser for her. But now there’s Clay, who’s going to be upfront that he’s there for her.”

But once Jay re-read the final edits he made, he changed his mind.

“Out of seriousness for the issue, we realized we can’t go there,” he adds. “No matter that there were missed opportunities for her. Those opportunities aren’t there if you do this.”

He continued, “Once I realized that the message of the story would be stronger and that it would definitely be more of a cautionary tale. I felt that was definitely the way to go. That’s why Skye’s character made a reappearance, which was cool to see her have a bigger role throughout the TV series.”

13 Reasons Why is currently streaming on Netflix.

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'13 Reasons Why' Author Explains Clay's Tape

'13 Reasons Why' Author Explains Clay's Tape

Do you still have a lot of questions after finishing your binge-watch of 13 Reasons Why? Don’t worry, us too.

The author of the novel the show is based upon is opening up about Clay’s tape in particular.

For example, why was Clay on the tapes and why is his the only one positive story?

“When I first started writing Clay’s character, I didn’t even know what he was going to do,” writer Jay Asher told EW. “I knew the 12 other reasons, but I didn’t know his. I realized, obviously, that that’s what people are going to be waiting for.”

He added, “One, if what he did was really bad, the second he got the tapes he would go, ‘I know I’m on here.’ There goes all the suspense. Clay is also the eyes and ears for the reader. That’s the person you’re connecting with. It would have totally changed the reading experience in a negative way if all of a sudden you’re disgusted with this person you’ve been following so closely.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of Clay as a character?

MORE: Will There Be a Season Two of 13 Reasons Why?

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