Fault in our stars

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I read this book a few months back, after wanting to find a new book to delve into. My sister had borrowed this book from a friend but being my sister, she hadn’t started it yet so I decided to pick it up, discovering that it soon would be turned into a film.

The Fault In Our Stars was a fabulous book about a young teenage girl, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and attends a cancer support.

Hazel is 16 and is reluctant to go to the support group, but she soon realises that it was a good idea. Hazel meets a young boy named Augustus Waters. He is charming and witty. Augustus has had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but has recently had the all clear.

Hazel and Augustus embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions, including love, sadness and romance, while searching for the author of their favourite book. They travel to Amsterdam in search of Peter Van Houten the author of An Imperial Affliction. While on their trip Augustus breaks some heartbreaking news to Hazel and both of their worlds fall apart around them.

Last night, with my housemates, I trolleyed along to the cinema to watch this film. Sitting in anticipation, I knew that there would be some tear moments ahead of us. I didn’t know what to expect. I have watched many films that are based on books: some exact replicas; other terrible and disappointing.

While reading the book, I find the description creates clear imagery in my mind, which can be different from other peoples perception. This was the case with the main characters: I didn’t expect them to look the way they did. I thought they would more punk.

Within the first few minutes of the film, I thought, ‘This is going to drag, I’m not going to like this.’ However, moments after this, I realised that they were just setting the scene and would go deep into the pages I had read previously. The film was extremely similar: I loved how they portrayed the teenager’s love for each other. One thing that always seems to be missed, are the inner thoughts and opinion of the characters, which I completely understand is difficult to show in a film without having a narrator voice throughout.

At the end of the showing, looking around the cinema, I could observe some of the audience walking out with water streaming down their faces. It was a heart-felt, sad, emotional film with a slight twist (if you hadn’t read the novel).

I would recommend both the book and film, if you enjoy a emotional, romantic, sad narrative, where you don’t mind feeling attached to the characters in a personal way and feeling slightly depressed and weepy.

It is a beautiful story!

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