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Friday, June 20

The Fault In Our Stars Review: Book to Movie

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.


Rating:

book: 8.5/10

movie: 7.5/10


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. :)
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33 comments:

  1. I read the book last summer and enjoyed it, and I sobbed at the end. I wanna see the movie but dunno if I'll get the chance before it leaves the cinema, so I don't mind watching it in the comfort of my own home, where I can sob without anyone judging me, lol. I dunno if I'll be able to see Shailene Woodley as anyone other than Tris though! x

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    1. Either way, you definitely will, so have some tissues ready. :) I actually thought that too, ESPECIALLY since Ansel played her brother in Divergent, but they're such completely different people that it didn't even go through my head once!

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    2. Oh wow, so he did; I didn't recognise him! I'm looking forward to it now, but will still watch in the comfort of my own home, lol x

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  2. I completely agree. I thought that Shailene and Ansel were just perfect for these roles, especially Ansel; he was just as charming, dorky, adorable, and absolutely wonderful as I pictured Augustus. I loved him.
    I also cried like a baby in that theater, and I DON'T CARE. :)

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    1. Yes! Yes yes yes. He was really what made the movie so perfect. I love her as Hazel, but he is seriously THE Augustus Waters. And I cried too. On the Thursday night premier. No shame, haha.

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  3. I wondered about this book. I think I might go to the bookstore and check it out soon, although I am on a strict diet of only the books in my current bookcase before I buy anything. I'm so glad you love books as much as I do! :)

    Sarah
    http://fromdogwoodstomagnolias.blogspot.com/

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    1. You should! :) It's a quick read, so it won't take away TOO much of your time. ;)

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  4. I think I need to get this book. I havent read it yet, but I totally think I need to. The movie looks awesome and such a tear jerker.

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    1. YES. The book is even more of a tear jerker.

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  5. While I thought the ending of this book was super anti-climatic and that kind of disappointed me, I did really enjoy reading it. And I can't wait to see the movie! I think Shailene Woodley was such a perfect casting!

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    1. The movie actually gave it more of an ending than the book did! It's one of the better times that a movie has changed something. :)

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  6. I haven't seen the movie yet because I'm still waiting to read the book! It's on my immediate must-read list! I've heard such good things about the movie from my roomie though. (:

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    1. You absolutely neeeeeeed too! Go get it!

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  7. Oh wow, this is actually the best book review I've read for The Fault in Our Stars! All the ones I've read were sort of persuasive, but your review made me want to go grab the book now! I'll definitely have to check it out...although I have a feeling I can guess the ending (bc of all the waterworks) and I can't stand endings like that! I might have to just give this one a try though ;) (hopefully the ending will not be as expected!)

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

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    1. Good deal! I'm glad it was. :) This book is seriously wonderful in ever way. I'm not normally a sad ending person, but gosh I loved it.

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  8. I would like to see the movie!

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  9. That is a close rating for a book to movie adaptation.

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  10. I really want to read the book, and see the movie!

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  11. I think I will have to read the book, so if I need to cry, I can do so in the comfort of my own home! <3

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  12. I've been a HUGE lover of this book and I am keeping my tears to flow on the movie premier in Karachi. I haven't watched the movie but I am certainly sure I am going to love it (because the trailer had me sobbing)

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    1. YES YES YES. I teared up in the trailer too. It's so worth it!

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  13. It's amazing when a movie lives up to the book!

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  14. I had almost the exact same review (http://bearikarose.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-fault-in-our-stars-review.html). The hardest part for me was that they cut out some really powerful scenes - that darn time issue - and focused almost exclusively on the romance when the book had so much more.

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    1. Exactly. Aside from those one or two scenes though, I was pretty happy with it. I love that they stuck so close to the original dialogue.

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  15. I agree - the cast was amazing for the movie! I was balling.

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  16. i liked the movie but i prefer the book.

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