Friday, 6 June 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

The Book (of amazingness) turned movie!!

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting on my couch staring at my computer. I was writing, but suddenly stopped when I heard the trailer accompanied by the amazing Ed Sheeran. The short commercial was about a girl who had cancer, but it wasn't a story about cancer. Intrigued I looked up the book online and read some reviews. The next morning I got out of bed early and headed straight for the nearest book store. I had this really weird feeling in my gut that this is a book I would want to actually own in a tangible way. I came home later that day and completely forgot about it, until later that night.

It was Saturday night, and I'd slowly cracked the pages to a story that I hadn't anticipated. A story that I couldn't  put down. (Now it's hard for a person like me to not like any form of entertainment; i.e., books, movies, songs, TV shows, but this one...this one was going to change me.) And it's weird because I hear people talk about books that change them, I mean even Hazel Grace and Augustus read a book that changed them, and on some small spectrum I've felt this way-changed, but to be honest I fell in love with the book that not only made me cry, but made me laugh while I was crying. I mean...I's something I've never experienced while reading. But to make matters worse, I read the whole book in less than twelve hours to the TFIOS soundtrack (The music was amazing). I mean really--what the hell was I thinking. But here's the thing, I love the book for more than Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. I love TFIOS for so much more! The way that it inspires the youth to speak with eloquence and teaches them to not be lazy with their words! Green writes with such amazing words that I hope kids and future generations talk like this...that they find beauty in amazing words, and in all honesty in being smart. I just pray for real people like them out there!

Here we go....Now came the movie...So I pretty much took myself on a date because I didn't want anyone else to see me bawl my eyes out. So there I was munching on my sour patch kids and waiting for it to start. When it finally did my palms began to sweet because I knew what was about to happen. I would fall head-over-heels for a story that was going to take me on a roller coaster (that's only going up--haha Gus would approve) My heart stuttered as Augustus explained his metaphor. I bit the inside of my cheek as he told her that he'd asked the Genies for their wish, and by the time he told her that he loved her I was just...gone. I was lost, and I reveled in it! I reveled in a great book being turned into such an amazing depiction of what it should look like. By the time it came to find out about Augustus, I just felt it all over again; (though, this time no one was around to hold me) I just watched as Hazel Grace gave her eulogy. Then to one of my favorite parts in the book, when Hazel has the moment with her Dad after the funeral. It's my favorite because it's true--it's a privilege to love someone, and no amount of pain changes that (though pain demands to be felt). And the way the scene was filmed was so personal, just like how I read it. 

There wasn't much that they changed in the movie that wasn't in the book, and the things that were changed didn't hinder the story at all. There is one quote that I wish they would have had, which is the one by Augustus, 'My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.' I might have missed it, but I'm pretty sure that it wasn't in there and I wish it would have been. 

Also, I am glad to say that I wasn't the most hysterical woman crying in the theatre, their were quiet a few, and I'm glad that I wasn't the loudest. I'm glad that they kept the integrity of the book, and I'm glad that I had the privilege to read it, and watch it. Also the TFIOS is a pretty amazing fandom! Some serious love for all those who have loved this book from day one! Props for knowing what's good!

Overall, I loved the book and the movie. I know I talked it up and if you hate it I'm sorry, but man oh man...just so many good things come from reading! Okay? Okay.

before and after took me a minute to gather myself.

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