The Fault In Our Stars : Movie

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Usually when I review a book that is also a movie, I would compare the two. But in the case of TFIOS I don’t think it would be fair. Obviously there are some changes from the book to the movie, characters missing, moments not shared but if I were to name these things, list them out and discuss them I would just me grasping at straws.

John Green said in an interview that the movie is so good and so true because it captures the “essence” of the book. When I first heard him say this I didn’t know what be meant.

The thing that I love about reading is the way that certain books can make you feel after you have finished them. Like you were a part of that world. Like those characters were real people. But when it’s over you feel like you have lost a part of yourself. Like a real friend is gone. In some cases you also get the sense that although the book is finished the story isn’t over. That is the essence of the book.

That is the feeling I got when I finished John Greens novel. It is also how I felt after watching the movie.

In my opinion, which may not necessarily be accepted by everyone, the movie is great. Because even though minor things were changed it captured the essence of the book.

Many book to movie adaptations don’t capture the essence of a book. The fault in our stars most certainly did.

The Fault In Our Stars : Book Review

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Here’s the thing about The Fault In Our Stars. It’s different, it is a welcome change to those of us who are sick of always reading about the happy ending. All throughout different media platforms the idea of a happy ending and happily ever after is thrown at you constantly, and that’s one thing TFIOS doesn’t do.

John Green doesn’t try to soften the blow that comes with death, he doesn’t try to cover up the pain and feelings that a terminally ill person deals with when they are faced with death. He is honest in his writing and he is honest about the minds of teenagers.

The Fault In Our Stars follows the love story of two teenagers with cancer, but it isn’t a cancer novel. It’s a teen novel, with characters that are easy to relate to and are real.

The novel is raw and beautiful. It is sad but true. It may not be the fairytale novel you are after, but it is real, it is honest, and it leaves you thinking that life is brief. It is short and can be gone at any moment. Hazel and Augustus teach us to live and love as quickly and as passionately as we can in the short amount of time we are given on this earth.

It teaches us that nothing is constant and nothing last forever, but it also teaches us that it’s okay to fall in love, regardless of how selfish it is. It teaches us that it is okay to be selfish sometimes, and it’s okay to want things. It’s okay to want more for yourself. It’s okay to feel the things you feel.

Augustus is right when he says you don’t get to choose if you get hurt, but you do get to choose who hurts you. I am forever grateful that I chose The Fault In Our Stars to be one of those things that hurt me. Because it did, but it was one of those pains you remember, the ones that teach you something. My advice to anyone who hasn’t read the book is this.

Don’t be afraid to let it hurt you.

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Review

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson is written by John Green and David Levithan. It’s based around two high-school students, both named Will Grayson, who meet after a night of mishaps and failed plans. Green and Levithan do a great job of alternating the chapters, with Green writing all the odd numbered chapters and Levithan writing the even numbered chapters. The book is hilarious, witty and focuses largely on the characters and their personal developments throughout the novel.

Will Grayson (the capitalized Will, written by Green) is perhaps on of the most difficult characters to summarize in this book. He spends most of the book trying to follow his two life rules of, not caring and shutting up. If I had to describe him in one word it would be conflicted. He doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but is best friends with Tiny Cooper, who is always in the spotlight. He doesn’t want to care about anything, but finds himself attracted to Jane. He doesn’t want to break his rules, but by the end of the novel, he has learnt that his rules were not helping him in life, they were hindering him. The Will Grayson in the last few chapters of the novel is completely different to the Will Grayson in the first few chapters. His character growth is probably the most prominent in the novel.

will grayson (never capitalized and written by Levithan) is your typical cynical teenager. He also shows the world that not all gays are the stereotypical fashionista’s ┬áthe media likes to advertise. After a large falling out with his friend Maura, he finds many good things coming his way. Although his life is changing for the better, it is brought to his attention that he is not moving forward, and he will continue to stay stuck in place until the last few chapters of the novel, where he learns to forgive and forget.

Jane is capitalized Will Grayson’s Love interest. She is your average punk rock loving, crazy haired teenager. She faces conflicts in her love life, involving Will Grayson, and her ex-boyfriend. She is unsure of who she cares for more, and who she wants to be with. She is also honest, and upfront with her opinions.

Tiny Cooper is perhaps the most important character in the novel. Although the book is titled Will Grayson, Will Grayson Tiny Cooper steals the show. He is described as “the worlds largest person who is really, really gay” and “the worlds gayest person who is really, really large.” Tiny is the rock of the group. He pushes the characters towards the things they want, before they even know they want them. Without Tiny, Will and Jane would’ve never got together. Will would’ve never broken his two most fundamental rules. will grayson would’ve never had the confidence to come out to the world or move on from his fall out with Maura. He is often under appreciated for the things he does for his friends. He is confident, and just down right fabulous.

The characters, and their personalities are what make the novel truly great. They are easy to relate to. Green and Levithan make you feel like you are right there in the book watching Tiny Coopers musical, or the fake Neutral Milk Hotel band walk on stage. Its an enticing novel, that gives you the sense that everything will keep getting better even after the book is over.