I went to see The Fault in Our Stars last night. Oh. My. Gosh. OMG.
I made Garrett come with me (he’s read the book) and he was a good sport even though I don’t think it was exactly up his alley. We went right before midnight and I basically bawled for the next two hours. Sobs, heaves, and lots and lots of tears.
Whenever a book is being made into a movie, I get a little worried. Especially when it’s a book that I found so moving and a book that I could so perfectly visualize. With a film, they can change the plot. Change the characters. Change the emotion, the nuances, the favorite lines.
But The Fault In Our Stars was perfect. The plot and the setting wasn’t glamorized in a Hollywood way and I think that– and John Green’s heavy involvement and influence– makes the movie as great as it is.
How amazing is this? An author with his characters… in real life.
While I think Ansel Egort was really the backbone of the film (he really captured Augustus, just as I imagined!), Shailene Woodley was a wonderful Hazel Grace. I really loved this article in the NY Times about how she got the role!
If you haven’t read the book, read the book. And then go see the movie. If you’ve read the book, definitely go see the movie!
It’s been a while since I had one of those books that I fell in love with. I love to read and really enjoy reading all kinds of books and genres. I don’t mind slow paces and I can get into books with plot twists around every corner.
But to fall in love with a book is rare. The characters. The words. The story. The meaning. I want to read a book and feel… different. To know more about myself and my beliefs when I finish the last page than I did when I read the first word.
I can always tell when I’m into a good book in the city when I voluntarily decide to take a local train instead of the express. Getting trapped underground? BEST NEW EVER. Deciding between watching ten more minutes of a movie or reading one more chapter is never a hard decision. I find myself daydreaming about the characters or tearing up thinking about what just happened… or what’s bound to happen.
When I posted on Instagram that I was reading The Fault in our Stars, I was overwhelmed by the response. I had heard amazing things about the book and it sat on my Goodreads to-read bookshelf for a long time. But I didn’t really know a lot about it. Everyone was telling me that I should get the tissues ready.
Oh. My. Goodness. I just loved this book. I want to reread it every month. It’s… perfect.
Lots of you have read it and I want to know what you thought! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.
PS Please leave me a comment with a book recommendation… or two. I’m dying to read more amazing books!