Book vs. Movie: The Fault in Our Stars

fault_bookvsmovieI believe everything wonderful there is to say about John Green’s The Fault in Our Starts has already stated several times over, not only on this site, but everywhere. Although it doesn’t need repeating, this is an incredibly powerful story about the star-crossed love between Hazel Grace and Augustus. The movie had to live up to a bestselling book, not to mention the large dedicated fan base that has high expectations, and it did not disappoint.

How to describe the movie? It was grand. Like a roller coaster that only goes up, the movie will make you feel all the things. Being in a movie theater on opening weekend is a very different experience than reading a book alone at your leisure.The particular theater I was in consisted mainly of teenage girls in blue sweatshirts with the little okay bubbles. The theater was split between the people who screamed at everything from the title to Augustus raising an eyebrow and the people who told the screamers to be quiet so they could watch the movie. Both groups just had different ways of showing their excitement.

For anyone out there who believes that they shouldn’t read/watch The Fault in Our Stars because it’s a cancer story or a stupid romance novel is misinformed. This is a story about love between two teenagers who just happen to have cancer. They both have their own quirks, Augustus looking for metaphors and Hazel using words like harmartia (fatal flaw).

Now to the differences from the book to the movie. They were minor and never took away from the feeling. These details include Augustus telling Hazel she looks like a specific actress (in order for her to come over and see a movie), Augustus telling Hazel he wrote his number in the book he lent her (which I always thought was so cute), Hazel’s friend she met at the mall that one time, Hazel informing Isaac she got super-hot after his procedure, Augustus’s former girlfriend, the naming/selling of the swing set, (and probably several more details I failed to notice). I think I only noticed these things because I was looking for them. Otherwise, all the great quotes to love and the moments that are shared remain the same.

Is the movie or the book better? Usually is a simple answer: the book. But this is not the case. Not that I’m saying that the movie is obviously superior either. Both the movie and the book tell the same story, just through different medias. If at all possible, I’d suggest both reading the book and watching the movie because only doing one is just okay. Okay?

-Nicole G., 10th grade

3 thoughts on “Book vs. Movie: The Fault in Our Stars

  1. Great review! I was thinking of doing one myself, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I found myself fundamentally incapable of adequately encompassing my emotional connection to the story, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to portray how impossibly much the book means to me. I thought they really captured the tone of tfios, which established a sense of familiarity and allowed for the story to remain recognizable from text to screen. And, as I briefly touched on in my literary analysis of the book (oh who am I kidding, nothing in that post was brief lol), I sincerely believe that the film adaptation did do the book justice. I’m glad you agree. Great post. I like how you compared and contrasted the book and movie, while also adding in your own opinions and perspectives.

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