One of the blurbs on the back of “Snow Falling,” a new novel ostensibly written by Jane Gloriana Villanueva, the protagonist of CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” is from Caridad Piñeiro, a romance writer who is quoted as saying, “Jane’s novel is so much fun I wish I’d written it myself!” As it turns out, she did.
The publication of “Snow Falling” is a case of fantasy seeping into reality; in the very first episode of Jane the Virgin — the hit show about a young woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine visit to her gynecologist — viewers learn that Jane wants to be a writer. Over the course of the show, she attends graduate school, obtaining her Master’s degree in creative writing and working with an adviser to hone her manuscript. She gets a job at a publishing company, eventually getting discovered at a reading for emerging writers. In the episode airing on Friday, her book is finally published. And fittingly, “Snow Falling,” published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on November 14, is also available for fans of the show — and of romance novels — to purchase in stores.
“The whole purpose of this was to give fans that novel that Jane had been discussing in the show, which mirrors her life and her romance with Michael, but translate it into something new,” said Ms. Piñeiro, which is why on the show as in real life, the story told in “Snow Falling” is set in Miami in the early 1900s rather than the present day.
The concept is not altogether new, and there appears to be an appetite for immersion in fictional worlds. In literature, J.K. Rowling has published a number of books based on texts that characters in her Harry Potter series read in their classes, including “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Tales of Beedle the Bard.”
Much of “Snow Falling” is a reflection of Jane the Virgin in both plot and structure. Jane becomes Josephine; Michael Cordero, the man whom Jane married before his untimely death, is Martin; and Rafael, the father of Jane’s child, with whom Jane has a brief romance, becomes Rake Solvino. Josephine, like Jane, wants to be a writer and works at a hotel in Miami, where she lives with her mother and abuela. The villain in the show, dubbed Sin Rostro, is called Sin Sombra in the book.
One of the most consequential differences between the book and show is that, given its historical setting, the artificial insemination plotline had to be adapted. Instead, in the book, Rake and Josephine have premarital sex resulting in pregnancy. “I’ve had some tweets directed at me saying, ‘Oh no, why did you do this?’ But once they get past it, they get it,” said Ms. Piñeiro.
Another difference is that while in the show Michael dies, in the book, he and Jane end up together, which may satisfy those who were disappointed by his death.