I've been meaning to work my way through all of John Greens books, The Fault in our Stars being near the top. Then last year the film came out and there was a big hype surrounding it. I ended up watching the film first something I don't usually do, but I had the DVD and I had asked for the book for Christmas, I was planning on waiting until I had read the book but caved.
I'm sure most of you know the story line by now but if not the story is told by Hazel Grace, a 16 year old who is a thyroid cancer patient, at the start of the story she is hustled of to a cancer support group by her mum who think she has depression. It is at this support group she meets Augustus a survivor of cancer who lost his leg to the disease. The rest of the story follows Hazel and Augustus as they try to find an answer to what happened at the end of one of their favourite books 'An Imperial Infliction.' Battling with the problems of cancer and falling in love.
After watching the film first then reading the book, it was easy to spot the differences which are only small for example Augustus had a girlfriend in the book who had died of cancer, other than the only other differences were the moving around of some quotes such as 'I fell in love they way you fall asleep, slowly, than all at once.' I loved that quote in the film and I'm happy they moved it to the scene they did in the film because it worked perfectly. Either way the film was pretty spot on to the book.
I loved Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace but I wasn't a fan of Ansel as Augustus at first, but throughout the film he grew on, he portrayed Augustus really well with his charm and wit, I'm not sure I can see anyone else playing him now. The storyline in both the book and film, is smartly written, filled with beautiful quotes, sarcasm, and fun.
I would highly recommended and if you aren't a fan of reading the film is a perfect adaptation.
Have you seen/read The Fault in our Stars, I'd love hear your thoughts, and below is one of my favourite quotes from the book/film.
“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”