TFIOS: One sick love story

I honestly got into John Green because of his drizzle-hurricane quote that proliferated on Tumblr. In my case, quotes have always been a factor on whether or not I will read a book. I tend to be particular with quotes because it is after all the dialogue of characters; therefore, it would largely predict whether I would like the book or find it intolerably hard to relate to. And since his quote is made of win , I immediately googled John Green and managed to grab a copy of some of his books which include The Fault in Our Stars.

The Fault in Our Stars
Genre: Chick Flick, Slice of Life, Terminal Romance, Adaptation
Director: Josh Boone
Year: 2014

From a point of view of someone who had read the book, the film pales in comparison. I would not go into the details of how I think Shailene Woodley looks too healthy for Hazel (okay, I just did), but I think the film had let go of some parts that could have made things make more sense in the movie:

  1. They removed the backgrounder about Caroline Mathers (Augustus’ ex) and her death that affected Hazel to see herself as a grenade.
  2. The unfolding of scenes to show how Augustus is deteriorating was cut too short.
Because of No.2, I wasn’t able to feel the intended drama on the part when Hazel found Augustus bathing in his own puke. In the book, this was perhaps the only part where I genuinely felt bad for Gus. I felt that this must be how our grandparents feel once they are already “just helpless and pitied.” That’s why they wanted to do something themselves – it was their form of independence and of proving their self-worth. 

There are other diversions from the book but I am only looking at these two. (You can find the other differences here.) If you would see the movie poster of the film, you might cringe with the thought that this is yet another chick flick. Well, with all truth, John Green is chick flick and it just follows that everything is indefensibly chick flick with the film. But more to being that, The Fault in Our Stars is uncomplicatedly effective in inspiring hope; it is a story about acceptance and living that explains through scenes and not with overbearing theories.

The film might not make you cry like how the book did but still, it’s definitely a fun watch. A lot of scenes will make you grin on your seat because everything’s terribly relatable.

Plus there are so many hype-able quotes from the book that made it into the movie:

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… But you do have some say in who hurts you.”

I will not spoil the entire ending for the sake of TFIOS virgins. But for those who had read the book, were you all waiting for the film to end mid-sentence? Or was it just me? Either way, despite the few let-downs of the film, I still enjoyed my choice to watch it in the cinema. I hope you also enjoyed yours. 🙂


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