China Rich Girl Friend

Kevin Kwan teases 'Rich People Problems'

"You'll experience a scale of imperial opulence that barely exists anymore," says Kwan.

Kevin Kwan, author of these two best-seller Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend.

KEVIN KWAN: I always knew the story of Crazy Rich Asians would unfold as a trilogy, and in many ways this final book was actually the first story that I had mapped out. Rich People Problems continues the story of Nick, Rachel, and Astrid. It’s 2015 now, and all three of them are being confronted with profound changes that will affect the rest of their lives. Not to give away too much, but there will also be a whole new crowd of characters, unbelievably fabulous locations, and heart-stopping drama. Things come full circle, and the long-buried secrets of these privileged families may just come back to haunt them.


As the series has moved along, the wealth has gotten even more over-the-top — how are you going to keep the momentum going? Are we going to meet people who are even richer than we’ve seen?

Absolutely! You will encounter places, cultures, and fortunes that are even more secretive and ancient, so you’ll be meeting characters that are even richer and more over-the-top! I think fans who follow my travels on Instagram may already have a clue about what I’m talking about.


What are you most excited for readers to see in this final book?

I’m so excited to introduce readers to the new characters and for them to get a deeper sense of these families and how they are all interconnected. Rich People Problems will definitely be the most Downton Abbey-esque of the books — you’ll see more of the inner workings and intrigues of Tyersall Park and experience a scale of imperial opulence that barely exists anymore.


What’s the most ridiculously lavish real-life purchase you’ve ever heard about?

Well there was the Hong Kong tycoon who set two world records for jewelry purchases when he bought a pink diamond for $30 million one day and the very next day bought a rare blue diamond for $48.8 million—all for his seven-year-old daughter! I feel sorry for the guy that might eventually have to buy her an engagement ring!


How is the Crazy Rich Asians movie coming along? Given the recent conversations about needing more diversity in film, it feels like this movie can’t happen soon enough!

The screenplay is finished, and I’m overjoyed by how they adapted the book. It was making me laugh so much I almost spat out my tea several times. So, things are moving along beautifully. There definitely needs to be far more diversity in film and TV, and my readers from all over the world — not just Asians — have been clamoring for me to help make this happen.

Original aritlce at http://ew.com/article/2016/04/06/kevin-kwan-rich-people-problems/

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