5 Facts About ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ You Might Not Know About
Kevin Kwan, author of best selling book Crazy Rich Asians reveals 5 facts about the series that many readers might not be aware of
In case you haven’t already heard, best-selling book Crazy Rich Asians has recently been released as a movie and is what everyone is talking about. Not only is the film amazing, getting nearly perfect reviews by everyone who has seen it, but it’s also inspiring those within the Asian culture to make awesome dresses and is helping bring greater diversity to Hollywood.
Popular website Buzzfeed recently interviewed Kevin Kwan, the author of the book and he revealed a few things about the backstory behind the book that most of us might not be aware of. Below are five interesting facts about the series that are worth a read.
Kwan never intended for Crazy Rich Asians to have an audience beyond his friends and family
Kwan says that writing the series really started as a hobby – a way to fulfill his own creativity while working on creative consulting for brands and businesses. His original plan was to write the book and share it with only a few close friends. But after sharing it around, one particular friend freaked out and demanded that Kwan show it to an agent. It only took him another month after showing the book to the agent to finish the project.
A lot of people think that the series is about them (but it’s not)
Kwan says that numerous people have come up to him and told him how they know that the series is about them or their friends, even if he’s never even met the person before. Still, the fact that so many people are able to connect with the book shows how truly universal the story really is.
The core team behind the film was director Jon M. Chu, Constance Wu, and Michelle Yeoh
Kwan says that it wasn’t until they found Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh to fill the two main female roles that they were ready to shoot the film. Awkwafina, Jimmy O. Yang, and Ken Jeong were brought on afterward, thanks to Jon Chu who knew that these comedians would really help bring the film together.
Kwan and his team passed on an offer from Netflix
Even though the writer happens to love Netflix, he wanted to prove that the series could work as a movie “without a shadow of a doubt”. The numbers received by the box office are what Kwan needed in order to prove that people would actually be willing to see an “Asian movie, an original story, nothing to do with a comic book hero”.
He doesn’t have plans for a fourth installment of Crazy Rich Asians for now but he is working on a TV show with Amazon
Kwan is a true storyteller, and after writing three amazing books in the Crazy Rich Asians franchise, he’s decided to take a rest from the series and instead focus on telling other stories that he’s interested in. Although he may come back with a fourth book, the writer is now working on a TV show with Amazon that features a “very international, jet-set story, based in Hong Kong” about “the most powerful, ruthless family in Hong Konk" which the writer describes as being "very different from Crazy Rich Asians, much more Game of Thrones territory.” Well, that definitely sounds like something we would love to watch.
We for one can’t wait to see the new TV show that Kwan is working on. Let us know what you think about Crazy Rich Asians in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Crazy Rich Asians news and other entertaining reads.