It’s the age old question should I read the book or watch the movie? Being a bookish sort I typically default to the former. The Fault In Our Stars had been on my radar for some time but considering the truly staggering size of my TBR list I wasn’t in any real rush to read it. That is until I saw the promos for the upcoming film adaptation.
Like Frye, I was torn. I was aware of the subject matter and had reservations. As insurance I did what I assume any Machiavellian type friend would do and I sent teachergirl73 into this particular coal-mine to properly determine the risk/reward balance involved. You can read her thoughts about it here http://wp.me/p3xI0z-aI.
- Title: The Fault In Our Stars
- Author: John Green
- ISBN: 0525478817 (ISBN13: 9780525478812)
- Series: Stand Alone
- Published: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
- Format: Hardcover
- Genre: YA/Romance
- Page Count: 313
- Source: Purchased
- Rating: A+++++
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 absolutely despise vomiting, I know what you are thinking, who doesn’t? But I’m going somewhere with this so give me some latitude please. My friend Auralee likens her aversion to crying to my absolute abhorrence of being sick to my stomach, which sadly has lead to more than one disagreement regarding book selection most notably The Time Traveler’s Wife and now The Fault In Our Stars. Apparently I am the only one in this relationship that feels that a good cry is cathartic. I am particularly disappointed in her refusal to risk book related emotional upheaval as she is missing out on a truly extraordinary character in Augustus Waters. As perfectly captured in this oddly fitting quote.
“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
I have only been reduced to open mouth sobbing on two occasions when reading, the first time while enjoying the above mentioned novel by Audrey Niffenegger and around the same time the sixth entry in the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Obviously I was going through something at the time, it’s quite embarrassing to sit beside your husband weeping inconsolably for what in his mind is absolutely no good reason. Reading the synopsis for The Fault In Our Stars did give me pause, it doesn’t sound like a particularly joyous situation does it? While I don’t have the same aversion to weeping while reading as Auralee, I am somewhat leery of a bad crying hangover, especially considering it’s allergy season and these things can easily get out of hand. As a result I could have spent an interminable amount of time pondering the risk but the impending film debut gave me the impetus to finally crack the spine of the novel.
However The Fault In Our Stars is an oddly uplifting read, yes you likely will shed a tear but you will also laugh out loud and I am happy to say that the film adaptation was absolutely flawless. As I often find when I really love a book or film words fail me. So in answer to the above listed question book or movie? The response is an unequivocal BOTH, you won’t be disappointed.
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