First the famous Wattpad fan fiction; the ‘After’ trilogy and now ‘The idea of you’
Harry Styles, has yet again become the inspiration of another romance novel, ‘The idea of you’ by Robinne Lee. Before this was the Wattpad fan-fiction-turned movie trilogy, ‘After’, which was also inspired by the former One Direction member.
The romance novel, ‘The idea of you’ was first released in 2017, and only recently had started gaining attention from fans.
What is the novel about?
The story of the novel is about an owner of an art gallery; a woman entering her 40s, who falls in love with a 20-year old member of her daughter’s favorite band, Hayes Campbell. Things take a turn when their romance is discovered by the media and fans of the band, which leads to Solène- the woman, and her teenage daughter being targeted.
This novel was never supposed to be about Harry Styles
Despite being the inspiration for the lead male character, Lee has mentioned that the novel isn’t about Harry Styles. The story is meant to tell that the life of older women doesn’t just revolve around being obligated to their duties for others. “Sometimes, you want to just live the way you’ve lived when you were in college, or your early twenties, when your freedom and you never have to think of anyone but yourself.”, said Lee
‘It’s about a woman reclaiming her sexuality and rediscovering herself, just at the point that society traditionally writes women off’
There is an audiobook of the same, which Robinne Lee herself has read.
The Idea of You is one of the best written novels I have ever read. There’s also an audiobook read by Robinne Lee herself, which takes the story to a whole other level.— daciacjohnson (@daciacjohnson) December 24, 2020
Although Harry Styles may have been the initial inspiration for the character, he isn’t the only one. Lee explained how Hayes Campbell’s character was also inspired a little bit by Prince Harry; ‘Like Prince Harry meets Harry Styles.’ She also used a couple of her ex-boyfriends, her husband, and a ‘dash of Eddie Redmayne’ as her inspiration, and made the character into her ‘dream boy’
‘The idea of you’ has been given a lot of appreciation, was immensely loved by fans, and has also been given a rank of 4.5 stars on Good Reads!
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