‘The Kissing Booth’ Author on Why It Became a Series: ‘I Couldn’t Let Go of the Characters’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Joel Courtney, Joey King, and Jacob Elordi pose in front of a poster for

The Kissing Booth 2 is right here! 

As of July 24, 2020, the teenager rom-com is formally on Netflix. That means followers of The Kissing Booth, which debuted in 2018, might be streaming the sequel all weekend. Before turning into one of many most-watched films on Netflix, The Kissing Booth began out as a web-based novel. Keep studying to study why the creator, Beth Reekles, made it a collection. 

Beth Reekles wrote ‘The Kissing Booth’ as a result of she couldn’t relate to YA novels

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When Reekles set about writing The Kissing Booth, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight collection and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games dominated the Young Adult style. Because she had hassle regarding these explicit characters and tales, a then 15-year-old Reekles determined to jot down her personal. 

According to Fast Company, she used the app Wattpad to craft the story. A easy, compelling, and most of all relatable, one about teenagers. The ebook follows Elle Evans, as she falls in love with Noah Flynn, the older brother of her finest friend, Lee Flynn. 

When Reekles first uploaded The Kissing Booth to Wattpad it quickly racked up thousands and thousands of reads. By 2013, the creator landed a three-book deal. Then, after all, got here the Netflix films.

She didn’t intend for ‘The Kissing Booth’ to be a collection

While followers of The Kissing Booth eagerly devour each scene in The Kissing Booth 2, it’s laborious to think about Reekles not getting down to write a collection of books about Elle. When she first wrote the ebook, the potential for a follow-up didn’t cross her thoughts. 

“I didn’t even think of it as a series,” Reekles advised Fast Company. “I think if I turned around to my publishers and said, ‘No, I’m not doing the sequel. You’re not getting anything from me,’ that probably would have been the end of it.”

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She continued, saying what in the end pushed her to proceed the story.

“But I couldn’t let go of the characters, to be honest,” she added. “They’d become sort of such a big part of my life.” 

After penning The Kissing Booth, Reekles would go on to jot down extra about Elle, Noah, and Lee. The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance and The Kissing Booth: Road Trip! make up the collection together with The Beach House, a novella.

Will there be a ‘Kissing Booth 3’? 

As Netflix customers watch The Kissing Booth 2, there’s already speak of a 3rd installment. Joey King, the actor who performs Elle, says she and the remainder of the forged would like to reunite for The Kissing Booth 3. But she additionally says followers must let Netflix know they need one other film. 

Joel Courtney, Joey King, and Jacob Elordi pose in front of a poster for 'The Kissing Booth'
Joel Courtney, Joey King, and Jacob Elordi | Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix

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Historically, Netflix doesn’t announce if an unique collection or movie will return for extra till some time after the discharge date. And given the huge success of The Kissing Booth, the sequel has excessive expectations to fulfill.

Ultimately, we’ll have to attend and see if Netflix continues to inform the story of Elle, Noah (Jacob Elordi), and Lee (Joel Courtney). In the meantime, we’ll be watching The Kissing Booth and The Kissing Booth 2 on Netflix. 

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