The Summer I Turned Pretty Boss Explains Making [Spoiler] Sexually Fluid in Book-to-TV Series Change

“The Summer I Turned Pretty”: [Spoiler] Bisexual in the Amazon TV series

Warning: the following contains spoilers for The summer when I became pretty Season 1. Proceed at your own risk!

One of the biggest changes in The summer when I became prettythe transition from novel to television series involves the character of Jeremiah Fisher (played by Gavin Casalegno), one of two brothers vying for the heart of 16-year-old Isabel “Belly” Conklin (Lola Tung).

The summer when I became prettyIn Prime Video’s YA drama (which premiered Friday with all seven episodes), Jeremiah is sexually fluid compared to his book counterpart. In episode 2, he points to all the girls and boys at the country club he kissed, then later describes himself as an equal opportunity flirt.

“My approach to this adaptation was: How would I tell the story in 2022? What would that look like? And how would that change things? co-showrunner Jenny Han, who wrote the novels, tells TVLine. “I think maybe if I was writing the novel today, I might have made that choice because I think he’s always been a character, for me, that’s really comfortable with himself, really comfortable in his skin, and open-minded and open to prospecting. I think it’s more representative of today and today’s young people and the way whose sexuality they perceive to be much more of a spectrum.

Given that he’s only a high school student, Jeremiah is still exploring his sexuality and isn’t ready to identify as bisexual, Han adds. “I would say [he’s] sexually fluid. He is a young man who is trying to find his place in all this and who has not yet known much love. It’s still a bit early in this journey,” says Han.

And though Jeremiah is sexually fluid in this version of the story, the central love triangle of Belly’s books, Jeremiah and Fisher’s other brother, Conrad (Christopher Briney), remains “intact” in the series, Han says. “I always feel like all the characters are the same,” she notes.

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