I feel like I’ve done nothing but talk about The Fault in Our Stars (TFIOS) recently. After reading it last year and loving it, I wrote a 5-star review. I have been looking forward to the movie so much, it even spurred me into creating the Etsy store I’ve been dreaming of.
Finally, the day came. With my two friends, custom tissues, custom t-shirts, and tickets, we were set! And yes, I did my nails just for the opening night!
It’s always great to hear the audience reaction, which, for most movies is laughing, cheering, etc. Hearing everyone cry together was a little different. Our particular experience was made all the more interesting by the girls literally HOWLING at the saddest part. Howling and so ridiculously that one of my friends and I ending up cracking up during the saddest part. Yeah, well. We weren’t the only ones. Melodrama aside, the movie was rather perfect.
I see a lot of books that become movies. Of all those I’ve seen in the last few years, this one gets the most-accurate award. We had to rack our brains for things left out or changed. There were a few minor storylines missing, like Gus’s previous girlfriend and Hazel’s trip to the mall with her non-sick friend. There were a few conversations that took place in a different location, but the biggest change I noticed was that Hazel and her mom didn’t pick Gus up for their adventure, he picked her up (you may have noticed the limo clip in the trailer). But, notice how minor these things are?
Wonderful. Shailene Woodley (Hazel), Ansel Elgort (Augustus), and Nat Wolff (Isaac) were cast perfectly. Even all the parents, Van Houten, and Lidewij. There was luckily zero weirdness happening with the fact that Shailene and Ansel played siblings in Divergent and are now love interests. It never crossed my mind watching TFIOS. The acting was sweet and funny and the characters came to life as I imagined them in the book.
Since it was so close to the book, yeah, it was great. Nothing felt rushed or skipped over like often happens in book movies. I think, since it was such realistic fiction, the movie makers were able to focus on the story and the characters and getting the details perfect since they didn’t have to, you know, recreate Chicago or anything.
All the humor of the book was there. The setting was lovely and I want to explore the places that were shot near me, in Pittsburgh. It made me cry, it made me laugh, and it was all in all, all heart-warming and warm fuzzies like the book was.
Did you see the movie? What did you think?
6 thoughts on “When Books Become Movies: The Fault in Our Stars”
I just finished the book last night and now I cannot WAIT to see the movie after reading your review!!!!!
Yay! Let me know how you like it :)
This is the strangest comment I think I’ve ever left. Here goes. I didn’t read your post. I started reading this book and love it so far. Skimmed your post but am going to bookmark it and return because it looks great and I’m curious how the movie compares but don’t want to see any spoilers. Okay. See you later. :-)
Haha! I love this comment! I look forward to your thoughts when you’re done :)
Yes, I’m a slow reader! Okay? Okay. So, I liked the movie. In fact, I cried more watching it than I did reading the book. But I laughed more reading the book then watching the movie. The major things for me were the bubble texts (a bit weird but then I thought it was cute) and all the missing characters (but I don’t think it took away from the movie, like you said).
Also…Shailene and Ansel played siblings in Divergent?! WHAT?! How did I miss that? O_o Now I need to watch that again. Anyway. Good movie.
The book was actually really funny, which I loved. Yeah, they play siblings, but it’s actually not weird. I was worried, but they look so different and they’re good enough actors that you don’t even think about it :) Glad you liked the book!