The Fault in Our Stars: Comparing the Novel and Film

6a00e552fc75038834019b04a52b8d970d-800wiIn the world of book adaptations movies are seldom able to match their fictional counterparts. Nevertheless, sometimes there are a few instances when the two are comparable. Books are typically a time commitment however they offer valuable insight about the character and its perspicacity. There is something about reading that makes the entire experience intimate; movies more often than not don’t.

The fault in our stars is typically chummy in its essence and witty in parts you least expect it to be. Josh Boone did a wonderful job in directing a motion picture which has been described as one of the best romantic films of its generation. What did he do right, you ask? He wove a story seamlessly around the major characters without changing much of what the author had originally intended it to be. Unlike most film adaptations, this one stayed true to the original piece of literature. It captured the reader’s imagination almost impeccably. To put it candidly, he simply trimmed out the fat parts, skipped the unnecessary backstories and cut some minor details out of the movie to give us some unadulterated to piece of cinema. Quite simply and to the delight of the  novel’s fans, Green’s major work stays intact.

John Green’s work is particularly admirable because of the way he describes his characters. Hazel is particularly lovable and Augustus attractive in his own kind of way. The two meet in a support group meeting, where an instant spark is evident and incontestable (both movie and novel). Although the movie is able to meet a lot of expectations it is never really able to bring to view, hazel’s addling towards Gus, which the novel on the other hand got absolutely spot on! Boone trimmed out some parts of the novel and one that I personally missed was the one which involved Gus and Hazel talking about his basketball days. Hazel is particularly amused(so are the readers) when Gus describes his free throws as “ existentially fraught”. Green’s novel is filled with instances that are exalting and inspiring. His writing is not bereaved of loss and sorrow either. His intellect came up with the perfect amalgamation of affliction and alleviation. Boone struck gold with the same. A particular scene from the novel  that was omitted from the motion picture has Gus and Hazel talking about highs and lows. Gus(like the the-fault-in-our-stars-quoteoverzealous boy he is ) talks about how if there was no sorrow in life one couldn’t have possibly enjoyed happiness. Hazel retorts by saying that if there was no broccoli in life, we wouldn’t have known the taste of chocolate. Green effortlessly captured the minds of millions of teenagers with his simple words. The movie never really mentions Caroline Mathers(Gus’s ex who died because of cancer). A substantial chunk of backstory was thus conveniently omitted. Boone is however able to capture Van houten brilliantly as the disinterested alcoholic who has horrible taste in music(Swedish). To save valuable silver screen minutes the part leading to the discovery of the final letter , which renders the readers and viewers teary eyed , is shortened.

The end of the movie and the novel makes you cry and smile at the same time. That is the beauty of the cinematic experience and its fictional counterpart. While so many before have failed, this film adaptation worked wonders(special mention to  the soundtrack). Word of advice : while  you may choose to download the movie , it is a no brainer that a personal copy of the novel is a must. Green’s witty depiction of what love is and could be is just one of the reasons why one should read this book again and again. During the generation which has been smudged by Twilight and whatnot, the fault in our stars is a welcome and fresh change.

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