Fault in Our Stars marks latest teen book-to-movie adaptation


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John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars is hitting theaters in 2014, with Shailene Woodley staring as protagonist Hazel Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters, another main character. Fans of the book are excited to see the novel turned into a movie.

“The book was really good,” freshman Cailin Grant said, “and I’m curious about the movie.”

The book is about Hazel Lancaster, a girl who is simply counting the time until her cancer will kill her. She meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group, and the two quickly fall in love and start doing the things that they both want to do before they die.  Some fans worry there will be some complications about taking this story to the screen. Sophomore Jacob Hyde was not sure that turning the much- loved book into a movie was a good idea.

“While the melodrama and ‘quirky romance’ are enjoyable, I don’t think that they will translate onto the screen very well because in book form, it is easy to lose yourself in the story while in movie form the story won’t be as easy to escape into,” Hyde said.

                Grant it not quite as concerned about how the movie will translate onto the screen, but says that she will be disappointed if it is not very good. Rider is even less certain about the odds of accuracy.

“I think some parts they will [mess up], some parts they won’t because movies don’t always do a good job of representing the book,” Rider said.        

The Fault in Our Stars is just the next in line of a seeming rush of young adult books being turned into movies. The Mortal Instruments made its way into theaters this summer, along with the second movie in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Sea of Monsters. Enders Game, a science fiction book, is also slated to hit theaters this fall. But what is bringing on this rush of YA books turned into films? It could be argued that it is because of the overwhelming success of The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, but Rider said it comes more from society’s willingness to see a movie instead of reading the book. Hyde has a slightly different opinion.

“They are popular due to the fact that they make teens feel like they are unique and misunderstood and that their little puppy crush is a gravity- defying affair,” Hyde said.

Even with the doubt about the movie crew’s ability to successfully capture the essence of the story, fans are still planning to go see the movie.

“It was a good story even though it didn’t have a happy ending,” Rider said.

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