Delia Owens, author of ‘A Place Far Away From Here’, talks about adapting the book to the big screen | Movies and series

Delia Owens, author of ‘A Place Far Away From Here’, talks about adapting the book to the big screen | Movies and series
Delia Owens, author of ‘A Place Far Away From Here’, talks about adapting the book to the big screen | Movies and series

Thursday is the day for new releases in theaters – and today (01.09), one of the most awaited films is the adaptation of “A Place Far Away From Here”. Debut by the writer and scientist delia owens In fiction, the book, published for the first time in 2018, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and was featured, for more than two years, on the list of The New York Times.

1 of 4 Delia Owens, author of ‘Somewhere Far Away From Here’ — Photo: Dawn Marie Tucker

Delia Owens, author of ‘Somewhere Far Away From Here’ — Photo: Dawn Marie Tucker

The plot is about the mythical “girl from the Marsh”, Kya Clark, who survived alone in the swamp after being abandoned by her family. Rumors of her, considered a “savage”, haunted the sleepy North Carolina town of Barkley Cove. However, when her beauty intrigues two young townspeople, Kya finally gets the chance to experience a new life-until one of them turns up dead and she becomes the prime suspect.

on the screens, Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) is the one who gives life to the protagonist, while Reese Witherspoon is responsible for the production and Olivia Newman sign as director. In an exclusive interview provided by Sony and Publisher Intrinsic, Delia Owens reveals how the actress’ choice to play Kya Clark positively surprised her and how she considers the feature one of the best adaptations she has ever watched. In addition, she also reflects on the strong presence of women in the production and the elements that make up the story. Check out:

On the timelessness of the book/film:

For the author, the elements that make up A Place Far Away From Here – mystery and love – make the plot timeless. “Stories like this involve someone who has suffered one blow after another and finds the resilience to pick themselves up and keep going, no matter what. Even when we are alone, we can dig deeper and find a way to solve these problems. And A Place Far Away From Here that’s about it; and this is a plot that takes place at any time in human history.”

In addition, as it is a “formation novel” – that is, it focuses on the development and maturation of the central character -, Delia also highlights that the book/film is about how much we can learn about human nature from our own nature.

2 of 4 Movie “A Place Far Away From Here” — Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @reesewitherspoon

Film “A Place Far Away From Here” — Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @reesewitherspoon

The choice of a woman as the central character was not by chance: the author states that the main reason was the importance of empowering women in today’s world. Added to this, she also points out the importance of the presence of female names – on the screens and behind the production of the film. “There’s the fact that we have so many actresses, a director, a screenwriter, Reese Witherspoon, all the people at Sony, Elizabeth Gabler… All these women came together to produce this movie and be a part of it. And a lot of women are going to feel the pull. behind it”.

The audience’s connection to the story:

Delia Owens delivers that the central theme of the story is about a person having the strength to move forward – and that she believes the audience will connect with her. For this, the resource she used as a writer was to resort to lightness to approach the most difficult elements of human nature. “I address these harsh human elements that we deal with, the parts of human nature that aren’t our best, in a plot that has a love story and the beauty of nature. And I did that on purpose to make it a little smoother, easier to read”, he points out.

3 of 4 ‘A Place Far Away From Here’, Delia Owens — Photo: Disclosure

‘A Place Far Away From Here’, Delia Owens — Photo: Disclosure

When checking out the film directed by Olivia Newman for the first time, Delia says that during the 2 hours of duration – which passed in the blink of an eye – sitting on the edge of the seat. The reaction is due to the positive effect that the film version had on the creator of the story: “The movie also has all that beauty and the love story, but the action part, the drama, the courtroom scenes and the mystery itself are very more vivid than in the book. I was kind of stunned and I think it’s one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen”.

The swamp as a character:

Another point that pleased the author when checking out the adaptation was the fact that the swamp, so important in the book, was also treated as a character in the film. With the aim of representing “mother nature” – which Delia defines as welcoming and hard at the same time – it is highlighted in the book and the same is repeated in the screen version. “I was happy that when they made the movie, the marsh feels like a character, like in the book. It’s always there. And what surprised me was that all this beauty is there, but there’s the mystery and the rumbling drama in the background. plot is a punch behind that beauty”, he reflects.

The choice of Daisy Edgar-Jones as the protagonist:

Who else could know Kya Clark better than her own creator? And after 10 years writing A Place Far Away From Here, Delia Owens really got attached to the character and had a hard time imagining someone bringing her to life on screen. “I knew her as someone very, very sweet and yet tough. Someone who is very private but strong. Who was alone but wanted to be with other people. The producers suggested the names of some actresses, and I thought that none of them would work”, delivers the author.

4 of 4 Daisy Edgar-Jones — Photo: Reproduction / Instagram @daisyedgarjones

Daisy Edgar-Jones — Photo: Reproduction / Instagram @daisyedgarjones

However, everything changed when she was auditioned by Daisy Edgar-Jones for Kya’s audition. Seeing the actress in the role of the character, the writer says that she had no doubts that it was the perfect choice: “I couldn’t believe it… I was seeing Kya. I never thought I would meet Kya and there she was. Daisy is perfect and no one else would have played the role so well.”

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