Warning: This post contains extreme plot spoilers. If you do not want your emotional roller-coaster ride that is Fault to be ruined, please do not read any further.
If you haven’t already gathered, one of my favorite past times, when I have a moment or two, is reading. I was lucky enough to find two girls during my freshman year in college, Shelby and Lindsey, who loved reading as much as I did. I spent a LOT of time discussing literature with them, more-so than I ever had with even my English-major father. These two became some of my best friends – Lindsey got married in January, Shelby was a bridesmaid and le Boyfriend and I got there at 10 AM to help get things ready for the 6 PM ceremony.
But I digress. Among the many books these two got me into, The Fault In Our Stars is definitely one of my favorites. Shelby lent it to me, telling me I’d hate her for even speaking it’s name by the time I was done with it. And boy, was she right.
Fault tells the tale of a teenage cancer patient who meets a fellow survivor at a support group held in a local church (known as The Literal Heart of Jesus). The two become an item, after some hilarious banter filled with high-level vocabulary and, ironically enough, the examination of another piece of literature, which Hazel, the protagonist, has been obsessed with for years. The journey the two young leads take comes to a grinding halt when Gus, Hazel’s incredibly self-deprecating and sarcastic man, becomes sick again after a year of health. Oh, Gus made me cry, Hazel made me bawl, and I cursed Green’s name time and time again for pulling at my emotional heartstrings as Hazel and Gus’ love story came to a tragic ending.
The characters of Fault were incredibly life-like, so much so that I found myself screaming at them from time to time. Green managed to take another YA story and turn it into something completely unique, which is hard to do in an age when the majority of YA novels are identical clones.
When I first read the name “John Green” on the cover, I thought nothing of it. Then, after a little digging, I realized that not only had he been a guest on one of my favorite podcasts YEARS back, Smartmouths (from the makers of MuggleCast and other nerdy podcasts), but he also ran this little (I say that sarcastically) video production company that not only helped me get through US history with CrashCourse, but also made one of my favorite video series’ EVER, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. As some of you may remember, I fangirled about the series last summer.
So naturally, it just gave me ten times more appreciation for him as an author and a person. When I found out a movie was being made, I was pretty much over the moon. Of course, it had to come out while I was at training this month in Reston for DECA, so I waited and saw it the night I got back with le Boyfriend at the newly re-vamped Studio Movie Grill by our house.
The food was bleh, but the movie was INCREDIBLE. There were small things that got left out that irritated me a bit, but I LOVED the adaptation, and it might be one of my favorite page-to-film translations yet. I have never really been a huge fan of Shailene Woodley, since her days on Secret Life of the American Teenager, mostly because I find her similar to Kristen Stewart in the departments of facial expressions and emotional acting. But seeing her in Divergent earlier this year changed my mind a little bit, and Fault was even better for her. She and Ansel Elgort, who, ironically played her brother in Divergent, were great in the roles of Hazel and Gus, and the supporting cast brought the story to life in ways I never would have imagined.
On a side note, am I the only person in the world who was shocked to see Nat Wolff back in action? I’m still reeling from hearing him cussing, after spending years watching him on The Naked Brothers Band on Nick years ago.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Fault book and movie to anyone who likes a good emotional jerking around. In all seriousness, it’s a well written, original plot-line. And for goodness sakes, even le Boyfriend liked it, which is saying something!
You can follow John Green on Twitter at @RealJohnGreen for some pretty hilarious and thought provoking posts – in 140 characters or less.