by Victoria Priola
“The Fault In Our Stars” is one of John Green’s bestselling novels. The story of how sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster and seventeen-year old ex-cancer patient and amputee Augustus Waters fall in love warmed the hearts of many. The two characters met in a cancer patient support group where they form a connection based on their similar sarcastic and witty personalities. They do not let their disabilities define them as people or as a couple.
Despite the fact that the odds are against them, Hazel and Augustus go on adventures and romantic dates, doing their best to make the most out of their lives. Although their time together is short, Hazel Grace describes their experience together as “forever within the numbered days,” and “a little infinity.”
Hazel and Augustus would make fun of couples who tell each other their love will always last. They knew with cancer in their lives they themselves will not always last. They instead say “okay” to each other as a sign of their significant bond. It may not last forever, but it will last as long as they both live and that is “okay” with them.
Any reader that gets a hold of “The Fault In Our Stars” cannot put it down. It leaves them wanting more as the chapters roll by. As Green wrote the book, he did have some concerns on how the broad audience would take to being exposed to how cancer really affects young people.
“I thought a lot of sick kids would dislike it, maybe.” said Green in an interview with Goodreads.com, “It’s a very bold and strange thing to do as a healthy 34 year old man, to publish a book [written in the voice of] a 16 year old girl”.
The risk he took was worth it in the end. Since its publishing in January of 2012, the book has grown in popularity throughout social media and bookstores around the world. This fast growing success was so great that it caught the eyes of major motion picture company, 20th Century Fox. John Boone will be directing the film for “The Fault In Our Stars,” coming out June 6. Before filming began in August 2013, the debate over which actor and actress would take the leads as Hazel and Augustus were highly debatable. Once Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were chosen as the faces of the movie, Green’s readers had mixed reviews on the casting call.
Shailene Woodley, known for her lead role in the television series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” really dedicated herself to the role of Hazel Grace. Before filming, Woodley cut her long hair into a short bob in order to really get into character. Although the actress donated her hair to charity, this was not enough to save her from the overwhelming amount of fans who claim this casting call was just not acceptable. Woodley herself does not match the persona of whom most readers thought Hazel Grace would be. Reviews have stated that Woodley is too pretty to play Hazel. She has been portrayed as a happy-go-lucky “every boy is in love with me and that’s my only problem” teenage girl in her past few roles. It is hard to picture her as taking this role seriously. As talented as she is, readers hope she makes their fan-base proud. Viewers have not been exposed to Elgort yet. His last role was in the remake of Carrie, but other than that he’s never had a real lead. He seems like an appropriate choice for Augustus but only time will tell.
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort have both made a debut in the recent film Divergent. Is this a coincidence; probably not. The fear of the fans is that their beloved book will become so mainstreamed that the public will only go to see the film because of the lead actors and ignore the storyline. They have waited over two years for this book to become a movie. If it is going to be done it should be done right. Another actor making his way into the film is Nat Wolff, a child star from Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band” series. He will be playing Isaac, a friend of Augustus and Hazel’s who is blind.
“The Fault In Our Stars” is said to be a tearjerker. If it’s anything like the book, it’ll be a hit. No matter what the mixed reviews say, the movie is anticipated to do very well in the theaters. John Green fans now have something to look forward to this summer.