In the book of Anna Todd, Hardin is a boy quite cold, rude, hard and not always pleasant. He is not shy to play with Tessa leaves to repel violently. He falls in love with her, but in the book, it takes time before to be gentle and caring with the student. In short, Hardin has a heart of stone… contrary to his version in the film.
In the After – Chapter 1, the character traits of the character played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin have changed : it is softer, more pleasant and does not stand up very long to Tessa. It doesn’t really have the Hardin Scott seducer and player. It has also lost its piercing at his brow and his black hair a little long in the course of the road.
After – Chapter 1 : Hero Fiennes Tiffin in the skin of Hardin
Tessa, played by Josephine Langford, is also quite different compared to the novel. We discover in the film a Tessa more assertive with a character a little more pronounced : she is standing up to Hardin and the rebukes while in the book, this does not happen very often. It is kind of too nice and not say much, when someone shows abrupt with her. In the feature-length film, however, Tessa has a lot of answering, especially with the friends of Hardin such as Molly and Jace. As explained in the before-first in Paris, the filmmaker Jenny Gage wanted a custom “more feminist” than in the book. A successful wager !
After – Chapter 1 : Josephine Langford plays Tessa
The relationship of Hessa
The change of character traits, of course, makes the relationship of Tessa and Hardin’s somewhat different in the film After – Chapter 1. It seems that the two characters have reversed the roles and that Hardin Scott falls faster in love to Tessa than the reverse. Normally, it is the opposite. It all happens very quickly between them, be it the first kiss or even their moving in together. Love is this very quickly, it was less the feeling of a “follow me I will flee, and flee me, I follow you”.
After – Chapter 1 : Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Josephine Langford play Hardin and Tessa
The flirtation between Zed and Tessa obscured
In the first volume of’After, Tessa does not fall under the charm of Hardin. The beautiful Zed makes it also the effect. The flirtation between Tessa and Zed even makes the bad boy very jealous. A story that has been outright removed for the version at the cinema. In the film, the character is almost absent and does not address whether a reply or two (at most) to the heroine.
Zed is almost absent from the film
Two characters changed
Fans of After have noticed that the two characters are not the same as in the book : Tristan has been transformed into a girl while Landon is now black. A very good choice that brings a bit of novelty. In the feature-length film, what are Pia Mia and Shane Paul McGhie slip into the skin of the girlfriend Steph and best friend of Tessa.
After – Chapter 1 : Tristan is played by Pia Mia
After – Chapter 1 : Landon is played by Shane Paul McGhie
The sex scenes
If you have read “After”, you know that there are many many many passages with sex. There are times very hot… that appear nowhere in the film. Hardin and Tessa have sex only once together, but one does not see almost anything : the stage lasts for few time. The two characters do not have a relationship as passionate as in the book.
One change that has explained the author Anna Todd to PRBK : “Even if I like to read books with sex and that I have no shame with it, because I wanted to focus on them, on the intensity of their relationship, the way he looks at himself, more than to see them make love. There are so many ways to be sensual and sexy without showing sex.“
After – Chapter 1 : the sex scenes are less present
A bet that is not the same
Apart from the sex scenes that were missing and the character of Tristan, one of the biggest changes in the After-Chapter 1 is the bet that Hardin starts to his mates at the game “truth or dare”. In the novel, the bad boy tattooed says he will lose his virginity to Tessa. A challenge cruel and strong enough. In the film, it is lighter since Hardin’s bet simply that he will do everything to ensure that the girlfriend of Noah falls in love with him. By contrast, the reaction of Tessa remains the same.
After – Chapter 1 : Hardin and Tessa at the scene of the bet
To make you aware of the differences between the novel and the film, you can discover-or rediscover – “After” (editions Hugo Roman, who just released a collector’s edition containing a chapter bonus, a preface written by Anna Todd for his French readers, but also pictures of the film.