Today, I’m comparing the book and the movie called The Fault In Our Stars, a wildly discussed phenomenon with many avid fans loving the living daylight out of this thing. People were quick to jump on this bandwagon, calling it perfect and cute and asdfghjkldfjshjfk, and shun all the non-believers who did not feel the same way.
Sorry guys, but we do not feel the same way. Karolina hates this story with the fire of a thousand suns, whereas I am sort of in the middle. I was eager to hop on the bandwagon last year, being a fan of John and Hank’s YouTube channel, but the book did not meet my expectations. However, to give it a proper comparison, I re-read it at the beginning of January (the things I do for you guys), and here is my take.
From the book’s Goodreads page: “Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
I’ve read the book twice now, and my opinion really hasn’t changed since the first time. I don’t love it, nor do I hate it. It’s not a perfect book, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s still an enjoyable read.
There were a few things that bugged me, such as the dialogue. I do not for a second believe that teenagers talk the way Augustus and Hazel do. And even if I set that aside, it’s not consistent. They use fancy schmancy vocabulary at one point, and then go back to “like” and “whatever” the next. I think the inconsistency is what bugged me most of all. And don’t even get me started on Peter van Houten. I’m not even going to pretend I understood half of the words when he was writing.
I like that they weren’t flawless – Hazel was a little bland at times (though I don’t blame her for not being the most exciting person ever) and had strange fixations, such as the one where she obsesses over eggs being breakfast food. Augustus was charming, but the cigarette metaphor was beyond stupid, and he was also a bit of a dick. View Spoiler »While I appreciated the poignancy and emotions of the scene where Isaac and Hazel read their eulogies for Gus, I found it to be a particular dick move of him to make his best friend and girlfriend live through his funeral twice. « Hide Spoiler
Nevertheless, I did really appreciate the sense of humour. Especially the dialogue gave me a few chuckles. And for me, that’s what matters the most.
Although a tad cheesy (nothing the book can’t top, really), I thought it was a very decent movie adaptation. I did not expect to like it this much. In fact, I had a notebook right next to me, ready to take notes about things I liked and didn’t like.
Look at all the notes I took:
I got so absorbed that I completely forgot about my notebook.
The characters were way less pretentious than in the book. Though they do still have their monologues about oblivion and whatnot, Ansel and Shailene did a really great job of portraying Augustus and Hazel. They were pretty good, if not ridiculously adorable. I also really liked Willem Dafoe as Peter van Houten. Stellar performance.
It was cute, and I had all the feels, and yes, I even asdfghjkldfjshjfk-ed.
I loved seeing Amsterdam. I’m not much of a visual reader, so I really like it when the scenery comes to life in a movie. Though would it have killed them to make the text font a little bit bigger? I couldn’t read half of the texts they sent each other, and they sent a lot of texts.
I’m gonna have to go with the movie, really. I had a lot of problems with the book that I didn’t mind as much while watching the movie, and I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me, but I just really liked it.
However, just to please my Karolina, I also give you this: