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  • I'm never afraid of shying away from more difficult topics because I think you shouldn't

  • I think that if you cover fiction as a writer in the modern day, you should address

  • the tougher subjects. When I wrote it, I had a couple of family situations which meant that

  • quality of life was very high in my mind. I had two relatives who required 24 hour care just to stay alive.

  • I think if you deal with that situation on any kind of lengthy basis

  • you, you can't help but ask yourself questions about

  • how somebody lives and what kind of quality of life you can offer someone.

  • It was inspired by real life, which was, which is true of most of my books. I heard a news

  • story about a young man, a sportsman, who had been left quadriplegic after an accident

  • and who, several years later, had persuaded his parents to take him to a centre for assisted

  • suicide and I found this story profoundly shocking. I just, I couldn't understand it

  • The more I read into the subject, the more I realised that it was, a kind of extraordinary

  • situation but also one that it was very difficult to judge, because unless you put yourself

  • in somebody's shoes, I think you shouldn't judge their actions.

  • I accept that it's a really tough subject and so you're going to attract strong opinions.

  • But what I would say ultimately is this is a love story, it's about one woman trying

  • to understand a decision that she finds incomprehensible.

  • You know, what we have in Will Trainor, is

  • a man who is rigid and uncompromising and refuses in a way that is completely unusual

  • to accept his new circumstances. And I wanted to ask the question, what happens

  • when you are faced with someone who makes a decision that you do not agree with. I mean,

  • the fact is in the film as in the book, nobody else agrees with what he decides to do. This

  • is not, by any means, sending out a message, this is saying, what do you do in a particular

  • human circumstance and it's about autonomy and choice and the fact is, I guess, you know,

  • not everybody's going to agree with Will's decision.

  • Everybody is fighting their own particular battle but certainly it has no message beyond

  • his own particular story.

  • [Interviewer] There are so few films about these conditions that people then watch

  • them and think here's one that is about this condition and this man is

  • is seeking assisted suicide. I mean, can you see that kind of point of view?

  • I can absolutely see that point of view, all I can say is, um, you know, I set out to write

  • a book four and a half years ago that was a love story about two people, you know. In

  • four and a half years of thousands of reader responses, I have never had anybody take that

  • message from this story and so, all I would hope is that if people get into his head and

  • get into his shoes perhaps they will understand that it's just about one character it's

  • nothing more than that. I think it's really important as a writer to just tell the story

  • that preoccupies you and when I told my then publishers what this story was, it's fair

  • to say they, they were probably not attracted to this subject matter. And I get that, you

  • know, it's a tricky subject matter, but for me I just felt that I had a story to tell

  • about ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. I think it's just a very human story

I'm never afraid of shying away from more difficult topics because I think you shouldn't

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Jojo Moyes Responds To Controversy Over The Portrayal Of Disability In Me Before You

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