„The thing that really informed it was a member of my family who suffers from a progressive disease,“ she said. „I have been involved in feeding her, taking her out, and that kind of thing. Part of what inspired Me Before You was just questions I had in my head about quality of life. At what point does the quality become meaningless? At what point do you give someone the right to decide for themselves?“ This dilemma echoes the struggle of Will in the story, as he wants to die due to his disability’s effect on his life.