Like most of the population of America (or at least most of the people I knew - same thing, right?), I waited for The Fault In Our Stars with ridiculously mounting excitement. I re read the book a few days before the Thursday night premier and sobbed on my living room couch almost the whole time. And when the time finally came to watch the movie, I went with my best friend (who I thoroughly warned about the coming tears). And now that I've had time to actually think about the book/movie/my opinions on both of them, here we go.
Photo by Luisa Porter
As for the book, if you don't know, the basic summary is this:
Hazel Grace has terminal cancer. She meets Augustus Waters at a support group that she absolutely abhors and finds out that he has been cancer free for months and is only there for moral support for his friend Isaac. They fall in love, as expected, and they fall hard and quickly. There are trips to Amsterdam, a swing that causes tears, and an oxygen machine named Philip. There are also jokes about 17 year old virgins with only one leg. Read it. If you don't like it, you can come back and find my email and tell me why you didn't. And then I'll probably reply with a passionate, slightly illogical email about your reading preferences being dumb. Sorry bout it.
As for the movie,
They did so well choosing the cast for this movie. A more beautifully in tune with each other Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters could not have been chosen. Though it is a movie, and has to cut out certain scenes because of the time limit, it still sticks as close to the book as it can and stays true to the theme and tone of the magical book that John Green wrote in the first place.
To say it in one sentence, I loved the movie almost as much as I loved the book.
It is absolutely worth watching if you haven't watched it yet, and if you haven't read the book, please do. It's a pretty quick read (I read the whole thing in about three hours) and it packs so much emotion into that time span that you're probably not going to do anything but take deep breaths and cry for awhile.
If you want a book to take you to a completely different world - one that is tragic but beautiful and full of despair but also hope and just all around wonderful.... read the book.
Happy Friday, everyone!
ALSO. Just because I'm excited...
I'M PICKING UP THE BOYFRIEND FROM THE AIRPORT TODAY! I haven't seen him in a month so I'm super excited. I hope all of your Fridays are as good as mine will be today. :)