If you’re caught up with “Jane The Virgin”, you’re well aware that our gal Jane has finally, finally written, published and found a cover for her novel “Snow Falling.”
That’s right folks! Jane Villanueva is officially a published author!
Lucky for us, the masterminds behind the show over at The CW have kept up with the show’s metafictional traditions and made Jane’s book into an actual published novel that you can read. “Jane The Virgin” fans are sure to get a kick out of finally getting to read what Jane has been working on, as well as all of the hints of what the actual show might have in store for its characters.
Here’s my breakdown of Jane’s first novel, just in case you’re interested in reading it but aren’t sure if it’s worth your time. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
It’s essentially the same story but with an early 1900s twist.
Jane’s novel (written by author Caridad Piñero IRL) is essentially a rehashing of the show’s first two seasons, but with a historical bent and with the names of the main characters changed. For example, our heroine, Jane Gloriana Villanueva, is made over as Josephine Galena Valencia, a hotel concierge who ultimately gets pulled into a passionate love triangle. Of course, all of this happens while a mysterious crime lord threatens Josephine’s loved ones. #SinRostrothebookcockroach
It’s Rogelio approved!
Diehard fans will love that this book stays true to the plot of the show and all of it’s small details. In fact, Jane gets a shoutout blurb from her writing professor, Marlene Donaldson, who you’ll recognize as the snarky, glasses-wearing mentor from a few season back. And Rogelio also gets a chance to give his own pull quote, writing “BRILLIANT. MOVING. MASTERFUL. I laughed, I sobbed, I even danced. The best novel of the century.”
Even The Narrator shows up.
The gang truly is all here guys. There’s Josephine’s compassionate lover, a detective named Martin (cough cough: Michael), her fetching mother Zara (Xo) and her old lover, famous stage actor Ronaldo (i.e. Rogelio). And of course, rich hotelier, Rake (I’m sure I don’t have to spell that one out for you). The book is so much like the show that even the narrator of “Jane The Virgin” pops up to comment and interrupt the plot, just like in the show. At one point, after Josephine finds out she got knocked up the old-fashioned way (if you know what I mean), the narrator frantically exclaims, “I hope Abuela is not reading this.” Which, TBH, I loved.
She stays true to the time period she’s writing in. For the most part.
Okay, okay, not everything lines up so well in Jane’s first go around at writing a novel, but we do have to give her props for accommodating for the times as much as possible. Instead of having a mistaken artificial insemination, Josephine actually has sex with Rake (read: Rafael) since Jane’s experience could just not have ever occurred during the book’s time period of 1900. All of this happens right at the beginning, too. So there’s your explanation on why Jane didn’t call her book “Josephine The Virgin”!
This book is 100 percent on #TeamMichael
Look, I’ve been Team Rafael since the moment I watched that bold eyebrow bearing hunk flirt with Jane at the pool party. I’ve never totally been behind Michael, so for staunch Raf supporters, know that disappointment lies ahead. Sure, Josephine’s night with Rake is amazing. Like really, really amazing, if you catch my drift, but in the end, the book really works to give Jane the happy ending with Michael she eventually came around to wanting but never actually got. #RIPMichael #MichaelReincarnated
But it’s also optimistic about Rafael.
Josephine might end up with Martin at the end of this book, but there’s plenty that suggests Jane and Rafael’s story could turn out differently.
Evidence: The “real” Rafael gets a very sweet mention in Jane’s acknowledgments:
“And finally, my deepest gratitude to Rafael Solano, without whom this book wouldn’t have been written. Thank you for being the first person who believed in me as a writer. Thank you for teaching me how to be brave.”
Oh, and like I said before, on the night Josephine loses her V, Jane indicates that Rafa— er, Rake really knows what he’s doing. And even though Jane has yet to knock boots with Rafael, you can bet by what’s between these pages she’s certainly fantasized about it big time, which I can only assume is a hint at some steamy scenes to come.