[Duh. Spoilers for both the movie and book version of The Fault in Our Stars follow]
Is everyone okay?
Was your theater a mess? Do you plan on making a return trip and sobbing some more? There’s plenty to discuss about The Fault in Our Stars film; this post is for those of you that devoured the book at some point during the past two and a half years, not those whose first exposure to Hazel and Gus was a (really great) Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
As any fan who has read beloved novels like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games knows, when Hollywood gets a hold of “your” book, it can be scary. Thank goodness we’re not having an OMG THEY CHANGED THE ENDING ENTIRELY discussion right now. But even for adaptations that are well received, there’s always some book purists who are disappointed that a certain scene or line didn’t make the cut.
Let’s break down the biggest changes in Stars‘ book-to-movie transition below — with the note that, wow, was this movie true to the source material/original fans. In fact, I think it may be one of the most — if not the most — faithful adaptations of a novel I’ve ever seen. Heck, even most of John Green’s specific narration (“I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep: Slowly, then all at once”) made it through. More positive: For myself at least, both the character of Peter Van Houten and the scene at the Anne Frank House rang truer on the screen than on the page… and Laura Dern did an excellent job of smashing my heart into a million little pieces, putting it back together, and then crushing it all over again.
After viewing the movie, here are some departures from the book that immediately came to my mind: READ FULL STORY