Earlier this week I went to see The Fault in Our Stars. I’ve read the book and its always interesting to see how a book is transformed into a film – in particular, for me, because I hope to be making films myself one day.
I liked the book but didn’t think it was fantastic. Most of the reviews I’ve come across seem to be a little OTT. While I like John Green, and his books, I feel his books can be a bit samey. One theme is a family collecting strange things – in Paper Towns it’s Black Santas – and in The Fault in Our Stars it’s encouragements. In both Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska a boy is just a little obsessed about a quirky girl.
If anything I think the film was better than then the book. Shailene Woodley does a wonderful job in the lead role and it is a very faithful adaptation. I think the scenes, and kiss, in the Anne Frank House works better than in the book. In the film we can see what a struggle it is for Hazel to move. So it makes sense, to me at least, that their would be applause – maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic.
In closing I would like to direct you to the blog of my friend Shelley Taylor. She’s got a pod cast in which she talks about bedtime stories.