The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace’s touchstone, “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.
For this month’s feature I will be comparing The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and it’s film adaptation directed by Josh Boone. I loved both the book and the movie so I am thrilled to be writing about them.
It is very rare to love a book’s cinematic counterpart equally as much as the novel but when it happens, it’s truly magical. In this case I can honestly say that Josh Boone did an amazing job with the film and he upheld all the fantastic qualities that made the book so successful.
Shailene Woodley has gotten a mixed bag of reviews lately with the Divergent Series and I think she’s getting the wrong end of the stick. As Hazel, she proved to me she has the acting chops to pull off a deep dramatic character and I think we can all agree that a star – crossed lover with terminal cancer is definitely a dramatic role with many layers.
When reading a story, I often have a very specific picture in mind, of what the characters look like, how they act and how they relate to each other. As a result I am often disappointed when I see it on screen because the images in my head don’t match and that’s not even taking the plot into consideration. That’s a monumental task for screenwriters, and if they don’t get it right, they get angry fans and fierce critics.
John Green penned a touching, witty and poignant novel. It was raw and real and touched my heart. I laughed with the characters and I cried with them too. Hazel and Augustus had me gripped right from the get go and I am happy to say that Shailene’s Hazel and Ansel’s Augustus, achieved the same thing.
Josh Boone kept true to the author’s story and it translated wonderfully on film. Like I said before, when that happens it’s magical.
By now you know that I don’t divulge much about the plot in either books or movies because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but I will say that both movie and film rated A’s all around and had me crying like a baby. They literally gave me chills (in a good way) I highly recommend The Fault in Our Stars in any form. Trust me you will love it!