I didn’t plan on doing reviews in this blog, but The Fault in Our Stars is a really powerful story and I wanted to share some thoughts. If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, I encourage you to.
The Fault in Our Stars is a really good book/movie. I won’t go into all the details as to how great it is because despite how great anyone thinks it is, it’s still just a story and will be forgotten in some time. What makes this story great is the fact that it is REAL. (And by real I do not mean a true story. This is fiction.) There are so many books and movies that are so fake, so unrealistic, that it’s funny. Sometimes it’s good–we all need a break from our lives once in a while and be able to watch a Disney movie or some other totally unrealistic story. (Don’t get me wrong…I love Disney movies.) But as humans we all crave to relate to things and understand things and say, “Yes! Exactly!” That way, when we come to a hard situation or even any situation, we can know that we aren’t alone in this. The Fault in Our Stars has relatable characters and situations. One character, Augustus Waters, is a typical boyfriend–kind but funny, casual, and cool. However, occasionally he loses his cool, which shows that hey, no one’s perfect. Nobody is always cool, or always happy, or always perfect. It’s just the truth, and it’s good when a fiction novel has it.
One writer, Kenneth Oppel, said this: “Young-adult fiction is 80% aimed at girls, and heavy on romance and paranormal.” That is so true. There’s so many romance and werewolf and vampire books–mostly aimed at girls–so people who prefer different genres will be disappointed. The Fault in Our Stars is different from the stereotypical teen genres. Even though it is completely a romance, it has more to do with cancer than anything else. And yes, the romance is quite movie-like with its perfection, but even so the cancer part is really human. Just as we are not perfect, neither are our lives. We get dealt bad cards and we have to work with them. In fact, the title was based from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, in which Cassius says, “The fault…is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” John Green, author of this novel, is saying that while the fault can be in ourselves, it is also in our stars, meaning our fate. Hazel Grace and Augustus, and all cancer patients, did not cause their cancer. Their fate, their stars, did.
We need more thought-provoking, relatable stories in our world. So thank you, John Green, for writing this “real” fiction novel.