THE WOODLANDS, Texas (FOX 26) - Kevin Kwan, author of the book which spawned the summer blockbuster movie "Crazy Rich Asians," returned to the Houston area on Friday to meet with fans at the Signature Author Series event hosted by The John Cooper School.
"It's lovely to be back in my hometown and feeling the love," Kwan said.
It was a sold-out event at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center as roughly 1,200 people crowded in to listen to the brains behind the groundbreaking Hollywood film.
Kwan spoke about the origins of his book, from his childhood on the island of Singapore to the hilarious stories of his high school and college days in Clear Lake.
"Crazy Rich Asians" represents the first majority-Asian cast in a major Hollywood studio production in 25 years. It's also the most successful studio romantic comedy in almost a decade, grossing roughly $240 million throughout the world so far. Some say a movie like this has been long overdue.
"Of course it's the biggest, people have been waiting to see something like this," Malika Guram said.
And Kwan said that was exactly what he had hoped for when writing the trilogy.
"That was my goal to writing the books in the first place," Kwan explained. "I would go into bookstores and not see books that really represented contemporary Asians. Like the kind of Asian that I felt like I was, just someone that's grown up in Asia, but also has experienced living in America. And I wanted to bring those two experiences together in books.
If you can't get enough of the crazy rich movie, the good news is that the sequel is already in the works.
"Sequels always get that bad reputation of not being as good as the first one, but we really hope that we'll make an amazing movie," Kwan added.