Okay? Okay. The Fault in Our Stars Book to Film Review

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Oh my, almost a month ago the movie many of us have been waiting for for a long time hit theaters. You know the movie– The Fault in Our Stars. I had the pleasure of going the Saturday of the weekend opening. Now, I am a big fan of the book by John Green. I haven’t read it more than once, but seeing the movie makes me think twice (they cut my favorite line towards the end of the book out! I need to reread it now!).  There was something about this movie, this story that makes it not just another teen story or movie. There are so many parts worth watching to watch. Moments worth remembering.

Now, as I gush, let’s move on to the acting. I am not a fan of Shailene Woodley at all. I immensely disliked her in The Spectacular Now and her awful, AWFUL, ABC Family TV show that has a title that is far too long to remember correctly. But, she has become the It-girl. Now, I love Hazel Grace. She is perhaps in my top 10 favorite teenaged girls in fiction ever. So, I was not happy about the casting. Not at all. I almost didn’t see the movie because of it. Boy, was I wrong. Woodley was a breath of fresh air. She brought something new to the character. At times, although I love you Hazel and you struggled hardcore, Hazel was a little (just a little!) whiny. Shailene was none of that. For that I was grateful. I’ve seen Shailene whiny. It’s not cute. She gave life to Hazel in a way I think only she could. I can’t see Chloe Grace Moretz doing that. Even a more mature Elle Fanning. Or, some other young actress I like. I draw a blank because THERE IS NO ONE. She was that good.

Next, there is Ansel (Augustus) Elgort. Again, I wasn’t too big of a fan on his casting. I was proven wrong, again. Good thing I’m not a casting agent, right? The chemistry these two had! Elgort was great as Gus. There was a scene towards the end where I cried and his acting (and Green’s writing) made me. Mostly, his acting. It was so raw. I felt his pain.

Let’s just say, if the book made you cry, seeing it in person is attending a big cry fest. The tears!! I stayed pretty stoic for a while. I didn’t want to cry. I wanted to prove myself wrong. Nope, I lost it. Once I started to tear, the fest began. The person I went with never read the book and was crying more than I was! Each actor made you feel everything. It was a great adaptation. I have very little complaints except the quote about the title of the book was taken out; and, it’s my favorite quote.

I want to see it again. And own it. Watch it again. And again.

Okay? Okay.

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Book to movie adaptations for this year and next year

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Last week I received exciting news from BN about upcoming book adaptations.

In no order that I can see, here is a great list. What are you most excited about?

Beautiful Ruins           Dark Places             The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story          The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

The Night Circus            Where'd You Go, Bernadette        The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir            Beautiful Disaster: A Novel

The Fault in Our Stars           Live by Night         Secret Daughter           The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

Ender's Game (Ender Quintet #1)           Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition)        This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel          Fear of Flying

Six Years              Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Series #1)       A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail         Hector and the Search for Happiness

Three Little Words: A Memoir                 The Double

 

 

I am most excited for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Released last year, it was my favorite book I read last year. Even if you don’t love YA, there is something for everyone, I think. It is a more mature YA novel that focuses on childhood cancer. Be prepared to cry. And, cry a lot.

I think there is something on the list for everyone.

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