Yes! I saw The Fault in Our Stars this weekend!
After reading the book, and then seeing the previews, I was seriously counting down the days until the movie hit theatres. Although it’s out of character for me, I didn’t go to the midnight premiere, but I did see it on Sunday, and the theatre was full of fans.
I arrived at the theatre early, worried it might be sold out, packed my caramel corn, a book, and a pile of tissues. Before seeing the movie i’d heard both sides: one person told me the movie butchered the book, while another told me that the author, John Green, was present for all of the filming, and he was pleased with the film.
I wasn’t too worried — if the author liked the film, I figured I would, too.
Going into any film that’s adapted from a book is a little nerve-wracking. If you loved the book, there’s a big chance you won’t like the movie. After all, they can’t be exactly the same, right?
While some movies based on books I’ve seen have been really different, that doesn’t necessarily mean they were bad. Take for example Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven. The book is very different from the movie, yet I love both of them!
I won’t give away any spoilers, but I will say the movie is a tad different from the book when it comes to The Fault in Our Stars. However, it’s not different by much. And it’s a phenomenal movie.
What I loved about the book and the movie, is the story in general. It’s a love story that’s a testament to our time. We live in a world where people have cancer. And some of those people are young; and they face challenges that many of us have known, but only through others.
And, if you didn’t love Augustus Waters in the book, you’ll still fall in love with him on the big screen.
I can’t say enough just how great this movie is. When I left the theatre, I felt new. And that’s happened just a few other times in my life — once being after I saw Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
Anyway. TFIOS. See this movie. And then call me.
You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.
—Hazel Grace, The Fault in Our Stars