Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist name Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
There had been copious talk of the book adaptation The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. And at the time, TFIOS was on my list of top 5 books of the year. The book was amazing and the story's romance, even better. I started the book not knowing anything about it! I just heard all the fabulous recommendations and thought, why not give it a try? What I tend to forget is that I should never read a book without first reading its synopsis... never. Right now, I'm against all sad books!
People always like to compare book and film. The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green was later turned into a film directed by the amazing, Josh Boone. I just need to get my point across: TFIOS had me in ugly tears! I was literally drowning in the surrounding sea of tissues. And, of course, the people sitting around me had no problem with allowing their tears and boogers to invade the atmosphere.
I believe, unlike most tragic book to movie adaptations, TFIOS didn't focus much on the death of the character but more of the romance and love. I mean, I didn't watch the movie just to see Augustus die. I wanted to see the movie for the tragic, yet beautiful love story of two extraordinary teenagers. And yes, what Hazel said in the beginning was true! She sugarcoated her sad story... and she chose to tell us about a more upbeat ending.
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were the perfect pair for this movie! Somehow, you could never go wrong with casting Shailene Woodley for a lead role. I felt like the two didn't make the movie seem awkward at times when it was actually very awkward. Like... I could imagine them walking down the street as a normal couple, with normal couple-like issues. They were just so in love and better yet, they were so damn convincing.
It all comes down to this. Which version of TFIOS would I prefer? I honestly would have to stick with the book. Although the movie was utterly remarkable, I would still prefer the book.
Why I preferred the book over the movie?
1. I didn't cry as much.
2. Peter Van Houten didn't seem too hostile in the book.
3. I COULDN'T SEE THE CHARACTERS ACTUALLY CRYING!
Buy your tickets and reserve your seats because this is a movie you won't wanna miss. Also, don't forget to bring a brand new box of tissues and your boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other.
Most meaningful quote: "I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories. On the one hand, you can sugarcoat it. Nothing it too messed up that can't be fixed with a Peter Gabriel song. I like that version as much as the next girl does. It's just not the truth."
Some other TFIOS goodies: