The Fault(s) in The Fault in Our Stars : Book and Movie
June 23, 2014
See, I’m 24 years old already but I’ve always thought of myself as very very shallow. LOL. I get giddy, sad, happy, and frustrated easily. I’m very easy to please, tbh. So I’m not quite sure why everyone else loved the book and movie. Maybe this is what happens when you expect too much.
I am no book expert but I do think it was beautifully written. The only problem I have (and is something major I guess) with the book is how the characters actually talk. I mean, who talks like that? I get that they have cancer and they’ve been struggling and dying and might have other thoughts that are quite different from normal teenagers. But to be talking about oblivion and love that way? I don’t know… It just didn’t affect me on an emotional level. When I read, I always want the characters to be as relatable as possible. Why’d you think I loved the Sweet Valley series? 🙂 Yep, because they talk like NORMAL people! And in TFIOS, it’s not set centuries ago right? So I don’t understand how you can say something like this so casually:
“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
See? Yes, it really is beautiful and heart-warming. But all these without breathing, without stopping to think about it? Eh. If it’s in a form of a letter, it would probably be better in my opinion. Do 16-year olds talk like that these days? SPOILER ALERT: It’s in the movie!!!!
I’m not here to bash the book. There were so many quotes that I did like:
“In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.”
“I kept saying ‘always’ to her today, ‘always always always,’ and she just kept talking over me and not saying it back. It was like I was already gone, you know? ‘Always’ was a promise! How can you just break the promise?”
“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.
Isaac shot me a look. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. Don’t you believe in true love?”
“I couldn’t be mad at him for even a moment, and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation: I couldn’t unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn’t want to.”
“I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”(How Shailene delivered this in the movie is beyond heartbreaking~)
“It’s total bullshit,” he said. “The whole thing. Eighty percent survival rate and he’s in the twenty percent? Bullshit. He was such a bright kid. It’s bullshit. I hate it. But it was sure a privilege to love him, huh?”
I nodded into his shirt.
“Gives you an idea how I feel about you,” he said.
My old man. He always knew just what to say.”(See? Hazel’s parents are awesome!)
“What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.” (Basically, I loved the whole letter in the movie and in the book!)
Another thing, maybe I can’t appreciate the book the way I was supposed to is because I didn’t like the lead girl. C’mon. I personally think Hazel Grace is ungrateful to her parents and just used them to get what she wants. And her world revolved around Gus, ignoring the feelings of other people around her, etc. That’s just what I feel while reading the book. I did like her relationship with Gus and Isaac though. But with people who have cancer, I would’ve prefer interactions with their family more.
And uh, Augustus Waters (what kind of name is that?!) is your typical bad-boy-but-nope-boy-next-door-who-recites-romantic-lines-from-i-dont-know-where. Let me just say that the cigarette metaphor thing? TOO. CHEESY. FOR. MY. TASTE. Can’t believe I just said that because I’m cheesy and sappy but what the hell is that metaphor. I can’t even. Maybe it’s trying so hard to sound super smart but idk, not really for me. His character is all right, but I’m not sure what to feel about him because I can’t imagine him as a real person.
If you haven’t watched the movie yet, please don’t read this as it might spoil everything for you 🙂
When I was reading the book, I thought that it would be better if it’s a movie, and well, in some aspects, maybe I was right. The leads were amazing!!! I don’t know if this is because I love Shailey (and her voice! Guhh so pretty!) that Hazel Grace became tolerable. At first, I admit that I can’t imagine Shailene as Hazel because she’s too tall and healthy-looking but the movie managed to make her look so weak! And Ansel, who would have thought? He actually made me feel kilig all over! 😀 I didn’t like him that much in Divergent, but in TFIOS, their chemistry was awesome! They look so good together! And his smiles and stares were swoon-worthy~
But like the book, Isaac stole the spotlight once again 🙂 I LOVE both versions of Isaac! He’s the comic relief and is just so so cute. The egg-throwing scene and trophy-breaking scenes were the best. LOL.
Again, I had problems with the script… it was too book-ish? I’m not even sure if some of the lines can really happen in real life, but whatever, Ansel and Shailey’s acting made up for it. It broke my heart every time they cry 🙁
However, one of the major problems is that I expected too much from it! I even prepared a box of tissues hoping that I’d cry a lot as I didn’t cry when I read the book. But *surprise*, I didn’t. I almost cried during the last scene, I got so teary-eyed with Gus’ letter. See, a letter! If they made that instead of forcing weird dialogue in most of the scenes, I would’ve cried buckets.
Also, how can I cry when there’s a Walk to Remember and My Sister’s Keeper (they were THE Hazel and Gus before TFIOS came out!)? I probably cried like a baby watching and reading those two but in this case, it’s like my heart turned into stone. Kidding. Maybe because the family isn’t that much involved? I always cry when there’s a sad family scene or something. TFIOS did not manage to come up with that and revolved the story with two teenagers instead.
I watched the movie with my 28-year old boyfriend and he was so bored, especially during the first half of the film. He didn’t ask what movie we are going to watch so he kept on asking me while watching the movie if there are guns and action scenes involved because he might feel asleep :)) He liked Isaac though. We both thought some of the scenes were funny (not in a good way!) like the kiss in Anne Frank’s house for example. It was so weird and awkward and yet when they kissed in a place where several people died, people were delighted and actually clapped?! Sigh.
Of course you can’t help but feel sad for people who have cancer and are dying, but that’s about it. When someone’s dying, it’s given to feel sad about their situation but it doesn’t mean it will automatically be a good book and/or movie storyline. Maybe there’s something wrong with the plot or the characters that I can’t really specify. Most people loved it and would probably hate me for saying all these but these are just my random thoughts about this “One Sick Love Story”.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie and liked it better than the book.
* Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort! Especially Shailene’s acting! Totally saved Hazel Grace-book version for me.
* Beautiful, beautiful OST.
* Many quotable quotes.
* Love the feel of the movie 🙂
* The dialogues are unrealistic.
* Boring plot, predictable story especially if you’ve seen My Sister’s keeper already.
* Weak family support / storyline.
There are more good points than bad ones but of course, when you complain that the whole story is not as strong, then no matter how good the actors and actresses are, it wouldn’t turn out as believable. This is a story about life, death, hope, and love– subject matters that are too deep and real, but when not written and executed properly, it does more harm than good. If the movie and book wasn’t overly done (less crying, less over the top romantic lines,more subtle things in general), I would’ve loved it a hundred times more.
Violent reactions are very much welcome. Let me know what you think in the comments below! 🙂