Hazel (Shailene Woodley) has cancer. So do Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Isaac (Nat Wolff). All different types and at different stages, but they are sick of being treated differently by everyone, of the limitations put on them, and of having to deal with the heightened emotional life of a sick child. Imagine being sick, knowing that there is a limited about of time to be around, and then falling in love? And not wanting to allow yourself to fall in love because the thought of causing more people, not just your awesome parents, to lose you is more than you can bear?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I was hesitant approaching this book because the film had just been released and a lot of cynical people were being all… cynical about it. The cancer girl. The cancer What I should have remembered was that I love YA and I love crying in books. I was pleasantly surprised by characters who I very quickly grew to love and a storyline that, whilst got a bit whacky at times, was very true and lovely. And hard, and hurtful and fabulous.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Film Review
And then, does a film ever capture all you love in a book? Yes – at least, this one did for me. It totally nailed it. The book was written with a strong filmic sense that made it easy to translate to film, but it was also extremely well cast and beautifully captured. I’d recommend both – not either. Both.