The Fault In Our Stars is one of the most anticipated movies this year. When the first official trailer for 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel came out last January, fans were thrilled to see the characters of the book come to life on the screen. The short clip quickly spread like wildfire on social network sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The Fault In Our Stars is the fourth novel written by John Green. It was published in January 2012. This best-selling young adult novel has been made into a full-length film. The movie is expected to hit the theaters this coming June 6, 2014.
The story- Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is not like your typical 16-year old. At such a young age, Hazel feels the weight on her shoulders as she faces the grim reality of cancer. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer which has severely affected her lungs. She constantly needs an oxygen tank in order to breathe. Her mother urged her to join a support group for children living with cancer. She meets Augustus “Gus” Waters (Ansel Elgort), a charming and witty boy who lost his right leg due to Osteosarcoma, a common type of bone cancer and is in remission. Hazel crosses paths with Gus during a support group session and the two develop a special bond.
Gus decides to use his grant-a-wish from “The Genies” to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe), the author of Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. Hazel tries to resist the developing emotions between them because she does not want to hurt Gus with her inevitable death. Gus does not falter and pursues his love for Hazel. Soon they find themselves entangled in a weave of emotions. Friendship, love, romance, sadness, pain, and loss find their way in the hearts of the two characters.
Controversial movie tagline– Many fans of the novel didn’t appreciate the tagline that came out on the movie poster. After the title of the movie, you’ll see the line “one sick love story.” Followers of the novel felt that the intentional pun somehow made light of the movie’s plot. Two cancer patients who fall in love with one another is not something that you can treat with casual humor. Even Shailene Woodley who plays the title character expressed her displeasure with the chosen tagline.
John Green, the author himself clarified that he has nothing to do with the tagline. He expressed his sentiments about the tagline on his Tumblr page. Green wrote, “I like the tag line. I found it dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor. I mostly wanted something that said, “This is hopefully not going to be a gauzy, sentimental love story that romanticizes illness and further spreads the lie that the only reason sick people exist is so that healthy people can learn lessons.” But that’s not a very good tag line. I like the tag line because it says, literally, the sick can also have love stories. Love and joy and romance are not just things reserved for the well.”
He added, “What matters most to me is that you’re seeing Shailene as Hazel and Ansel as Gus for the first time, and it seems like people are (mostly) pretty happy with what they’re seeing, which is what I was anxious about.”
Top 10 quotes– The Fault in Our Stars is filled with clever and witty exchanges between the characters. Here are some memorable quotes that are bound to tug you at the heartstrings.
1. “There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
2. “I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is inprobably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?”
3. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
4. “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
5. “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
6. “We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either.”
7. “Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
8. “I’ll fight it. I’ll fight it for you. Don’t you worry about me, Hazel Grace. I’m okay. I’ll find a way to hang around and annoy you for a long time.”
9. “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”
10. “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”
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