Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín admits that he "tears up" watching the final scene in the film adaptation of the book, which was devised as a departure from the novel's conclusion by screen-writer, Nick Hornby.
The novel ends with her dilemma over two potential lovers, whereas in the movie there is resolution, and Eilís gets married in New York.
"I’m interested in what Nick (Hornby) did with the structure of it," Tóibín said. "Which is so brilliant; how much he left out, how he moved the drama on. But I tear up for the very last section, that I didn’t write."
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Tóibín was never concerned that the screenplay radically adjusted the ending. "It’s all right. It’s gorgeous. And what were they meant to do, have an ending with her sitting on the train feeling smug: look what I’ve just done to everybody?"
In the novel, Eilís returns to a life she doesn’t feel to be hers, held to the horror of an unwanted marriage, writes Brockes, a recognisable situation, as the novelist concedes, for "anyone who’s ever had a romance on holiday and thought what a dreadful mistake."
The County Wexford-born writer said he had to make his character Eilís "both determined in a certain way and innocent in another way, so that there were many things going on in her. And what exile had done was to make her almost incapable of true feeling; but I couldn’t name that, I could just show it."
Nick Hornby revealed last December that he has a new script for the film's star, Saoirse Ronan, and he has advised "the best young actress in the world" not to go "rushing into anything" before she reads it.
Hornby and Ronan were both Oscar-nominated for Brooklyn and Hornby has said that working with Ronan had been an "enormous pleasure".