Friday, 30 January 2015

I'M SORRY, BUT I REALLY DISLIKE THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

If you've been living on this planet for the last year or so, I can pretty much guarantee that you will have heard of The Fault in Our Stars. Chances are that you'll love it, too. You'll have cried at the book, sobbed at the film, and never been able to say the word "okay" in the same way again. If you're one of these people, I totally respect that. I don't want to offend anyone with this post (I would say that it's just a bit of fun but last time I aired my views on this topic I think I nearly lost a friend), but I feel I really need to get this off my chest. I'm sorry, but I really, really hate The Fault in Our Stars.



It's not the topic of the story that gets to me so much (although it is true that this particular type of book and film are totally cliche *cough* My Sister's Keeper *cough*, and I'm not sure how I feel about people capitalising from other people's suffering), but it's more the characters (and pretty much all of the plot) that aggravate me the most.

I'll start with the male protagonist. For some reason everyone seems to be swooning over him, but I just don't get it. I'll put it out there: I think Augustus is a creep. He's manipulative, he's cringeworthy and his grasp of the English language is just plain bizarre. The amount of "I want an Augustus" and "Augustus is what all boys should be like" I've seen slapped all over social media recently actually slightly scares me a little bit. He is the perfect example of everything I would not want in a boyfriend. Arrogant, pretentious and just plain embarrassing to be around, Augustus Waters is the living embodiment of kill-me-now. He speaks as if he's in a Shakespeare play (I mean, what 17 year old really comes out with a speech involving the 'inevitability of oblivion'/uses the phrase 'all our labour will be returned to dust'?!) Frankly, I'd rather receive a text. And if anyone ever tried that cigarette metaphor stunt around me I would have not be "okay". Cringe. Me. Later.


As for that kissing scene in the Anne Frank house, am I the only one who thought that was totally bizarre? It's weird enough having a first kiss at a bus stop, yet alone inside one of the world's major memorial sites. When I visited Amsterdam, I felt too awkward to even speak inside that place, let alone start fornicating on the floorboards. If I had, I highly doubt the entirety of the room would have given me a standing ovation like the applause Augustus and Hazel receive. Chances are I would have been thrown out and told to have some respect, and rightly so.



I feel I'd better stop now before this gets out of control. Normal service will begin shortly.

Elly xxx


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6 comments:

  1. I watched this movie on the plane and it was a bit emotional.. It's alright..

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  2. I totally agree! John Green is a talented writer but he made Augustus and Hazel act more his age (37) than their own, very overrated I'd say. x

    ratherstrangeblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I understand where you're coming from, yet I disagree with your opinion on Augustus. I think John Green portrayed him like this because he would be mature for his age, he's battled cancer which is something which can change someone's mindset completely. His metaphors show his thoughts about the concept of life as cancer leaves you no control over the deterioration of your body, yet smoking is completely controllable therefore it's his way of basically sticking two fingers up at the people who choose to continue to ruin their lives. For me, this film really puts life into perspective as you don't know what's around the corner so appreciate what you have. I respect your opinion, I also think you're brave for expressing it due to the fact it's such a big phenomenon!

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  4. I think your opinion is very interesting! I can see how you feel that way.

    Made in Mauve

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  5. Preach it sista! I could not agree with you more - the book made me want to do a sick everywhere. Augustus is the epitome of cringe and I felt like at every turn the book was screaming at me: BE SAD NOW! THIS IS WHERE YOU SHOULD BE SAD! It also thought it was highly clever and extremely witty. It wasn't. I didn't even bother watching the film. Two other books I would not recommend you read (or if you have I would love to know if you agree with me that they are awful): Shantaram and The Time Traveller's Wife.

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

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  6. This is brilliant! I didn't finish the whole book or watch the film (so can't comment on that) but I totally agree! Especially the kissing bit! Odd! It was well written and good with life lessons I guess but not quite up my street.

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