Monday, June 30, 2014

From Page To Screen (71) The Fault In Our Stars


This week on From Page to Screen I'll be tackling The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

First let's discuss the book.
Here is a bit of back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. The Fault In Our Stars is a novel written by Author John Green. It was originally published January 10,2012 by Dutton Books. Upon release The Fault In Our Stars received highly positive reviews from both readers and critics alike and as of January 2013 there was nearly 1 million copies in print. Fun Fact: The title The Fault In Our Stars was inspired by  Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings."


Let's take a look at some of the characters.

Hazel Lancaster - Sixteen year old Hazel is a well spoken and remarkably articulate girl who was diagnosed at thirteen will terminal thyroid cancer. Knowing her prognosis, Hazel keeps most people at arms length hoping to spare those around her the pain of getting to close to someone destined to die.

Augustus Waters - Sixteen year old Augustus is quite the opposite of Hazel. He is outgoing, confident and charming. Augustus is convinced that the importance of life is being heroic, leaving a noble legacy and monumentally impacting humanity. This is until his own Cancer returns and it is revealed that he is really just a scared little boy who doesn't want to die. He falls head over heels for Hazel after meeting her at a support group.

Kaitlyn - Hazel's friend and former classmate. Kaitlyn is pretty, popular and exemplifies all Hazel might have been had she never been diagnosed with Cancer and forced to leave school.

Isaac - Mutual friend of of Hazel and Augustus.

Now let's discuss the movie.
In case some of you aren't familiar with the movie, here is a bit of back story. The Fault In Our Stars is a film directed by Josh Boone. It was released June 6, 2014 by 20th Century Fox. The Fault In Our Stars cost $12 million to create and has so far earned over $195 million at the box office worldwide.Upon release The Fault In Our Stars received mainly positive reviews from Critics.





Major Differences Between The Book Film
BookFilm
Hazel's mom is obsessed with holidays and celebrates
each and every one.  
She doesn't celebrate all the obscure holidays.
At the mall Hazel let's a little girl named Jackie try on her tank . 
This is sadly omitted.
Augustus tells Hazel how he spent the day before his amputation shooting free throws. 
This is omitted.
After losing his second eye, Isaac is told by the nurse that "He'll See" that things will get better.
This is omitted.  
August once dated a girl named Caroline who died of Cancer. Her dead memory makes things complicated for August and Hazel's relationship. 
She is never mentioned. 
Gus tells Hazel he loves her on the plane. 
Gus tells Hazel he loves her at the restaurant.  
When Isaac, Hazel, and Augustus egged Monica's car, Hazel stayed in the car because vandalism scared her. 
When Isaac, Hazel, and Augustus egged Monica's car, Hazel stayed with them outside the car. 
Hazel has a friend name Kaitlyn who gives her advice on her relationship with Gus and also keeps her up to speed on fashion and gossip. Although there relationship is strained after her cancer diagnosis.
Kaitlyn is omitted.
Gus becomes progressively sicker and we are privy to each agonizing moment of suffering.
Gus getting sick and his death happen relatively quickly. Weeks of agony are paired down to mere minutes. 
Hazel searches everywhere for the missing letter Gus wrote. After having no luck finding them, she decides to email Peter Van Houten's assistant, Lidewij, to see if Gus sent the pages to their "favorite" author. As it turns out, Gus did send them and he sends them to Hazel as an attachment.  
Hazel finds the letter in her car.
Hazel is infuriated by all the clichéd sentiments left on Gus's Facebook page after his death.
This is omitted. 
Hazel and Gus sell the "desperately lonely swing set". 
Hazel keeps the swingset.


Simply put, this week, the book and film tie for me. While John Green is a talented writer the plot is way too Lifetime movie of the week for me to be enjoyable. Now make Hazel and Augustus Zombies and we'll have a chat. As for the film, I went into that begrudgingly so my reservations on it were already on high alert. It's not that the film is bad but I really dislike Shailene Woodley as a Dramatic Actress and she just didn't fit for me in the role. So this week I'm impartial to both and we'll leave it at that. If you want a good cry, definitely read the book. If your more of a visual person, see the film. Lastly, although I didn't love either, I have to give credit to the Director and Producers. Book to film adaptations sometimes stray way off course from the original source material but they did stay rather loyal to the book so good on them.  

Still not convinced? Check out the trailer below!
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Well that about wraps up this weeks From Page To Screen. Have a recommendation for an upcoming From Page To Screen, let me know in the comments below!

Have you read the book or watched the film? 
Which did you like better? Why? 
What is your favorite quote or scene from The Fault In Our Stars?

Leave your answers in the comments below, I love to read your responses. Like what you see? Please share!

2 comments:

  1. I was actually kind of shocked you featured this book/film...it's not your usual genre. But then I saw your little note about making Hazel and Gus zombies, hehe. That would rock. You are right about one thing, though...the adaptation stayed really true to the original story and fans around the world are delighted. Myself included. :)

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  2. Hah yeah, like I said I went into it begrudgingly..... I definitely do appreciate how closely they stuck to the book. It is really,really, refreshing to see.

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