The Fault in Our Stars
Summary (from IMDb): Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
My Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
me and my best friend at the theater
Book to Movie Review:
The Fault in Our Stars may be the best book to movie adaptation I’ve seen. It was close to perfect, funny, emotional, and enjoyable to watch.
There were parts of the book that weren’t in the movie, but I think the movie captured all that the book really was even with the omitted parts. It is always to be expected, but I think the creators chose all of the right moments.
I had my doubts about Shailene Woodley, especially after being disappointed by her acting in Divergent. She shined in TFiOS and was so completely Hazel, I was shocked and moved by her acting. Ansel Egort also did a wonderful job portraying Augustus, which I also had doubts about. The two of them brought Hazel and Gus to life. Their roles in Divergent left a lot to be desired, but that must have been a fluke because they were amazing in this movie. Maybe they were meant to play Hazel and Gus.
It was an absolutely amazing movie. Most of the time, when I see my favorite YA books turn into movies, I end up regretting it. They make the stories seem so stupid and I am rarely satisfied. Typically, even certain scenes I loved in the novel seem awkward and contrived in film. The Fault in Our Stars didn’t have that problem. It made the book come to life. I was most worried about the cigarette metaphor coming across as anything but weird and lame, but I was surprised at how well it was conveyed in the movie. Scenes like that impressed me.
The movie affected me emotionally more than the book. I wouldn’t say it was due to it being better, but more due to the fact that I had to continue watching (as I was in the theater) and had no choice but the cry. When I was reading, I would put the book down when I felt myself about to cry. The movie rekindled my love for the story. After having read the book awhile ago, I wondered if it was as good as I remembered. The hype was starting to get to me because I forgot that it was well deserved hype.
Bottom Line: Book lovers will be satisfied. It’s a stellar adaptation and a wonderful movie. It’s a MUST SEE movie. I will be preordering the Blu-ray as soon as I can. All those things people are saying about this movie are true. It really is amazing.
On a side note: Like I said in my book review, I'm seeing a lot of reviews that talk about how it isn't a good story because teenagers aren't that intelligent, witty, or mature. I am appalled by that attitude. I am a bitter person who is frequently brought down by the stupidity of others, but I haven't gotten so bad that I don't see the smart people around me. Some of those are the teens I'm following on Instagram or in the blogging community. If you are so bitter as to think that ALL teens are immature and incapable of being smart, I have no idea why you'd watch a movie involving them or the idea of love in the first place. Hazel and Gus maybe aren't the norm, but they aren't unrealistic characters in the geek community. My friend's daughter was under the age of 10 and enjoyed more fun math and geek puns and geek humor that I didn't start enjoying until I was an adult. We adults do not own wit or intelligence and it isn't becoming to forget that not all teenagers are immature, ridiculous, shallow, and stupid. /end rant
Labels: Book to Movie, john green