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According to John Green, “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”
His book, The Faults in Our Stars, happens to fall into both of those categories. It is such an exceptional book that reading it simultaneously makes you want to keep it a secret and force everyone you know to read it. Considering, however, that the book is a best seller and will be premiering as a movie this June, it is safe to say that the specialness and rareness of this book is well known. Despite the popular recognition that the book has gained, it remains an unbelievably emotional and profound story that will find a new life on the screen this summer.
The Faults in Our Stars is John Green’s most recent book which follows Hazel, a young woman who lives with terminal cancer. Her visits to Cancer Support Group, and subsequently her entire life, changes when she meets Augustus Waters. The book details the young couple’s encounters with a first love that demands to thrive despite life-threatening illness.
John Green has a reputation for writing books that resonate with young adults. TFiOS deals with love and serious illness without sugar coating it. Hazel and Augustus are believable characters which manage their heavy problems by egging ex-girlfriend’s cars and binge watching reality TV. The book distances itself from the clichés that too many young adult novels plague themselves with. Rather than perpetuating the chase-the-girl-down-the-street-in-the-pouring-rain-to-confess-the-boy’s-love stereotype that too many teen books utilize, TFiOS depicts the love of two realistic, honest characters that endure legitimate problems together.
On June 6th, this unique story premieres as a movie, featuring Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus. Throughout the production, John Green posted photos and updates on Twitter and Instagram, but the first real look at the movie appeared when the trailer was released on January 29th. Book to movie adaptations that take too many liberties with the material often struggle to gain the full support of fan’s of the book. Based on the trailer’s inclusion of many memorable lines from the book, however, it appears that the movie will remain faithful to the text. Fans have already responded with unbelievable positivity to the movie; it only took about six hours for the trailer to reach one million hits on YouTube. Apparently there are a lot of people filled with that evangelical zeal that Green was talking about.