Fact Check: Was BTS’s J-Hope An Inspiration For A “Red, White & Royal Blue” Character?

The popular 2019 novel was recently adapted to a hit film.

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Amazon Prime Video debuted the new movie Red, White & Royal Blue in August, a film adaptation of the popular 2019 novel of the same name.

Movie poster for “Red, White & Royal Blue” | Prime Video

The movie and novel tell the fictional story of Alex Claremont-Diaz (portrayed by Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the first female U.S. president, and Prince Henry Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor (portrayed by Nicholas Galitzine), a British prince.

Throughout the movie, their unexpected friendship develops into something more against all odds, positively influencing those around them.

“Red, White & Royal Blue” characters Alex (left) and Prince Henry (right) | @primevideo/Instagram

A supporting character in the novel and film is Prince Henry’s best friend, Percy “Pez” Okonjo, portrayed by actor Malcolm Atobrah.

Malcolm Atobrah | @mally.mov/Instagram

From his first scene, Pez is established as a smooth-talking, charismatic, well-dressed, and confident character, leaving a lasting impression.

While supporting his best friend, Pez forms relationships of his own and is consistently seen in fashion-forward coordinating suits.

In 2019, Katie Rogers, a book blogger who frequently posts to her blog Pages and Pugs, revealed she secured a copy of Red, White & Royal Blue that was annotated by the author, Casey McQuiston.

McQuiston donated the signed annotated copy of the book for a charity auction benefiting RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). Rogers was the highest bidder and shared some of the annotations with the many Red, White & Royal Blue fans on her blog.

| @casey.mcquiston/Instagram

One of the annotations shared came from page 31 of the novel, where McQuiston had written the public figures who inspired the character Percy “Pez” Okonjo, including BTS‘s J-Hope (Jung Hoseok).

Inspirations for Pez include John Boyega, Jung Hoseok, Freckle from ‘The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo.’

— Casey McQuiston

BTS’s J-Hope | @uarmyhope/Instagram

It’s easy to see the inspiration when considering J-Hope’s charming personality, unending talent, trend-setting fashion, and charisma.

J-Hope wasn’t the only BTS member mentioned by the author. BTS’s leader, RM, was named in a conversation between the characters in the novel.

The BTS members continue to influence fellow artists and creatives around the world. Last year, award-winning author C.J. Farley named BTS as the inspiration behind his novel Zero O’Clock.

Check out more on that in the article below!

Award-Winning Author C.J. Farley Explains How BTS Inspired The Title And Story Of His New Book

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