Monday, 10 March 2014

A Beginner's Guide To Salad: Fun Facts

When I've watched a film, I like to go to to look up facts and trivia about it (I can waste hours looking up films from the past!) so I thought I would share some fun facts from A Beginner's Guide To Salad.

Ruth and Billy’s favourite sitcom was originally going to be How I Met Your Mother, but then I decided to have a bit of fun and make up my own, playing on the book’s title. 

Ruth and Billy’s favourite tv show, A Beginner’s Guide To You, revolves around Meg and Tom, whose names were inspired by the main actors from You’ve Got Mail.

Billy and Theo were named after the characters in the Bill & Ted films. Theo even has the same surname as Ted.

The Roxy Fitness Centre was named after my old local cinema, which unfortunately is no more *sobs*

Ruth’s older brother, Stephen, is named after the American comedy singer/songwriter, Stephen Lynch.

Stephen lives in New York with his American wife. I wrote a Christmas short story about how they met and you can read it here

Poplar Ave, where Ruth, Billy and Stephen grew up is real. I grew up there myself and have some very fond memories of playing marbles, rounders and curby with the other kids on the street.

The school reunion was inspired when my own former high school was bulldozed and a new academy opened.

In the original version, Ruth and Zack were conducting a secret relationship. Zack dumped Ruth in the restaurant, which broke her heart and caused her to flee to Stephen and Billy.

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