Many readers know Nick Hornby for his music-tinged novels like High Fidelity and Juliet, Naked—a number of which have been adapted for film and television. But the British writer has also achieved great success as a screenwriter adapting the works of others, the latest of which will be Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon.
Wild, like his previous film projects An Education and Brooklyn, is based on a remarkable memoir written by a woman—and people can’t stop asking him one question in particular: What’s it like to be a man writing a female character?
In a feature for The Guardian, Hornby addressed this particular question and why he finds it perplexing:
Wild marks the end of what Hornby calls his “Young Girl Trilogy” of screenplays, although recently his novels have started to skew more towards female protagonists as well. “It seems to me quite often that the journeys of young women are more moving, because they are hemmed in more, and dramatically it’s more interesting to think about and write about people whose lives are circumscribed in some way,” Hornby told The Guardian.