I woke up this morning to John Green’s Facebook status update looking for someone who owns a Rik Smits Jersey. It only means one thing- The Fault in our Stars is already filming.
If you haven’t read it yet, The Fault in our Stars is a wonderfully depressing young adult love story about a cancer-stricken girl and boy who fell in love with each other despite life being generally fucked up. It was published last year and quickly went on to be one of the most popular young adult books in recent memory. Catcher in the Rye and A Separate Peace are the shit, okay, but this story is worth reading, too. Movie producers picked it up and hopefully by 2014 we can all get to know what its movie version is like.
My friends and I gave our extremely biased and unqualified suggestions on who should be cast as the main characters even before news broke about the movie version. We’re visionaries.
Shailene Woodley, who played the role of George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendants, just chopped her hair off to prepare for her role of Hazel Grace Lancaster, the protagonist in the story. I was thinking of Ellen Page or Dakota Fanning or Kaya Scodelario (everything is good with Kaya in it) but hey, I like this girl. Good luck bb.
While this guy named Ansel Elgort will play the role of Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace’s love interest. I was thinking Logan Lerman, Aaron Johnson or Meryl Streep (she can take on anything and win an Oscar for it).
I think we’re in for some good teen movie next year. I really liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I hope more movies can be made out of novels which tell depressingly beautiful stories about young people.
I never am a snob when it comes to literature because I am not a sophisticated person. I am not the type who googles 100 Best Books of all Time and goes on reading everything from the list. I grew up reading Goosebumps for goodness’ sake. Although I have also attempted reading McEwan, Capote and Updike. They were nice. But whenever a popular book comes along, I read it regardless of what other people think. Of course this is a joke because I didn’t read Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. Eww.
Back to The Fault in our Stars. You should read it. I have a heartless friend who admitted to having been on the brink of crying in public because of the book. It’s so sweet and real and painful at the same time. Also gives us insights on what it’s like to have cancer, or fall in love with someone living with the illness. Read it. I hope it makes you cry.
Can you already imagine them together?