“It’s a good life, Hazel Grace” – Augustus Waters
Today, Thursday the 5th is quite possibly the most exciting day of 2014. Why, you ask? THE FAULT IN OUR STARS MOVIE COMES OUT!!! Which I am assuming everyone already knows about unless you have been living under a very, very large rock!
This long awaited adaptation is one of the hottest things going around. John Green has written an amazingly beautiful book about two teenagers with cancer. And no, it’s not depressing at all! It is so full of hope and love and amazement at the world. It is so wonderfully teenage! He captures their grandiose ideas, their philosophical musings, their know-it-all-attitudes and pretentiousness so accurately that it is so completely endearing.
“Why are breakfast foods breakfast foods?’ I asked them (her parents). “Like, why don’t we have curry for breakfast?’
“But why?” I asked. “I mean, seriously: How did scrambled eggs get stuck with breakfast exclusivity? You can put bacon on a sandwich without anyone freaking out. But the moment your sandwich has an egg, boom, it’s a breakfast sandwich.”
Cue parental eye-roll. I just love it. It is just one of many scenes where Hazel Grace Lancaster (and the adorable Augustus Waters) shared their ideas on how the world is and how it should be. And the cancer, well that’s just an annoying side-kick, holding these two back from making their mark on the world. But really, they leave a mark much bigger than they imagined, and most definitely bigger than John Green ever imagined. Not only has he created a legion of hysterical fans but there is now a world-wide shortage of tissues. I really think Kleenex have missed a marketing opportunity 😛
If you have not already read this book, I suggest you go out and find a copy (I have three) and join in the TFIOS movement because it is a fantastic place to be! I highly suggest that you don’t read it on public transport. People don’t take well to strangers crying on trains. I know this from personal experience.
As for the film, it is fantastic! Coming from me, the harshest critic of book-to-movie adaptations, this is a big thing! The best publishing perk to date is being able to go to an advanced screening three weeks before the release. Sitting in a cinema filled with crying work colleagues is certainly an interesting experience… so was the sombre feeling in the office the morning after! There were ‘too many feels’ for some, but they were so worth it. I can’t wait to see it again … and again … and then maybe a few more times after that!
In celebration, I attempted some TFIOS nail art… and then following are some of my favourite images making their way around the Internet!