After's Anna Todd Talks Adapting Tessa And Hardin’s Sex Scenes Into New Graphic Novel, And One Moment That Was Missing From The Movie
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Since Anna Todd started posting chapters of After on Wattpad at the age of 24 after being inspired by the One Direction’s Harry Styles and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the author has had an incredible journey. From becoming a bestselling author — with her books being translated all over the world — to adapting the series into a successful franchise of films starring Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Josephine Langford, Todd has been blessed to try new things. Now, Hardin and Tessa’s tumultuous romance continues its journey in another new medium: a graphic novel series. 

Anna Todd spoke with CinemaBlend about taking her popular romance series to a new format as the first volume of After: The Graphic Novel with illustrations by Pablo Andres hits shelves. During our conversation, the author recalled how it’s been different to present Tessa and Hardin’s spicy sex scenes in the new format. In her words: 

It was definitely a balance. I wanted to make sure they were still in there because that’s part of their story and their journey and the connection they have. But I will say that sometimes the illustrations would come back and the facial expressions would be a little weird. It was definitely a lot of redos, of ‘Cut that back’ or ‘Change the mouth.’ Sometimes Tessa’s body would look really stiff and I’m like, ‘We’ve gotta add some movement somehow on the page.’ Otherwise it would just be kind of creepy. And for a lot of the facial expressions, it just takes that one little corner of the mouth to be open a certain way before they look like they’re screaming. So, the sex scenes, I would say were the trickiest for sure. And I know they’re going to get more tricky as we get deeper into the series, but it was also just entertaining. We had a lot of laughs.

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