Tuesday 23 January 2018

'TV is so hard - I prefer writing novels' - Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern

Sean O'Grady

Cecelia Ahern was only 26 when her sitcom Samantha Who? hit US TV screens, but nearly a decade later she is still trying to get the green light for her latest scripts.

"For the right project I would return to TV. It's not like I never tried again, it's just really difficult," said the PS I Love You author (35).

Samantha Who?, about a woman suffering from amnesia who sets out to become a better person after learning she was selfish and rude, starred Christina Applegate and ran from 2007 to 2009.

"I'm always developing TV ideas. I've worked with loads of different people on lots of different things," Cecelia told the Herald.

The Dubliner said many shows make it to the pilot stage without getting the green light for a full series, and she prefers the creative freedom she gets from writing books.

"TV is hard. I have more freedom in my novels," she said.

Having spent most of her career writing for adults, Cecelia tried something new with her first young adult novel, Flawed.

"The reason why it's young adult is because it's told from the prospective of a 17-year-old," she said.

"When you're telling it from a younger person's perspective, it changes the tone of the story.

"It's two books. Perfect is the sequel and that's coming out in April. It's all done and ready to go. I'm delighted, I love it.

The film rights to the books have already been sold.

"Filmmaking is a long, slow process," said Cecelia.

"The last I heard they were writing the script. I read some of it and it was fantastic, but we will have to see. It could be years."


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