The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles is an astounding Wattpad success story. The novel and its sequel have both scored film adaptations on Netflix.
The Kissing Booth on Netflix became the greatest hit in the US in 2018. The movie also rocketed its stars, Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi to overnight fame. That, before becoming the most-watched rom-coms in the world, according to Netflix’s CEO officer.
One can attribute TKB‘s popularity to Netflix’s distribution powers. Or to teenagers’ questionable entertainment taste. Or even to both. But, these weren’t the primary factors defining the movie’s viewership records. Rather, The Kissing Booth marshalled a built-in audience base of Wattpad users. The Wattpad users constituted a large fraction of the film’s viewers. And this helped TKB become a commercial success.
Beth Reekles Wrote ‘The Kissing Booth’ When She Was Only 15.
Beth Reekles was only 15 when she authored The Kissing Booth. In 2010, The Twilight Saga had set-off a trend in teen-fiction. The concept of supernatural romance did not amuse Reekles. She craved for a regular high-school romance, something more conventional. And this ignited her creative pursuit.
Reekles first tried to look for a traditional love story online. But, when she couldn’t find one, she came up with one of her own. Beth Reekles wrote The Kissing Booth. And made all its chapters available on Wattpad. She had published the story out of passion. So its whopping success was unanticipated.
The Kissing Booth: From A Sappy Love-Story To An Overnight Cinematic Sensation.
In a few months, The Kissing Booth became one of Wattpad’s most popular titles. It amassed over 19 million viewers. It also earned the “Most Popular Teen Fiction” award at the site’s Watty Awards. Later, the teenage passion project saw its first major leap. Beth Reeckles closed a three-book deal with Random House. Thus, becoming the youngest Wattpad writer with a book contract.
Within seven years of first emerging on Wattpad, the story became a Netflix sensation. First, Komixx Media, an L.A. based production house, reached out to Beth Reeckles. Then, in 2016, Netflix ordered the adaptation of Reeckles work.
The Success Of The Kissing Booth Opened The Door To Several Opportunities For Wattpad Writers.
Reekles has enabled vast avenues for Wattpad writers. Media companies are now branching out beyond e-books, hoping to tap on loyal fanbases. This is helping young authors with a trove of admirers. They have a greater chance at success in this unique time in entertainment’s history.
The success of Beth Reekles’ The Kissing Booth has affected the writer’s other work too. Fans went crazy about the book’s Netflix adaptation. This prompted Netflix to order Reekles follow-up novels for a sequel. Netflix will release The Kissing Booth 2 this July. It will be an adaptation of Reekles’ novel The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance.
Beth Reeckles’ book, The Kissing Booth has done the Wattpad community a favor. The opportunity for recognition is larger than ever. And undiscovered talents have a shot at making it big.