If you’ve been around on twitter or facebook lately (or watching morning television in the U.S.) chances are you’ve heard some buzz about TFIOS.
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, TFIOS is the acronym for The Fault in our Stars. It is an exceptionally good novel by John Green and it is about to be a movie.
I’ve been reading John’s work for a while now and am proud to count myself in the (slightly smaller demographic of over 35) ranks of nerdfighters everywhere.
I first read John’s book about a year or so ago. My daughter Keisha gave it to me and told me that it was a must-read…with a box of tissues.
John’s book follows the life of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a seemingly normal teenager feeling all the normal teenager-y things except for one difference she has from her peers. Hazel has cancer.
Yes, he pays close attention to the illness itself, but the book is not really a “cancer” story and it’s not really a “teen angst” story. It’s about living your life despite the challenges it hands you and learning to trust and love someone, even when you feel there are so many reasons not to.
Hazels love interest, Augustus, also has cancer. But they don’t let that stop them from falling in love in idyllic Amsterdam. Not even when Hazel so aptly tells Augustus that she doesn’t want to let anyone in. Because she is a grenade. Ready to ‘go off’ at a moment’s notice.
Gus rightly points out to her that we are all grenades in a sense. No one knows the time or the date. We really don’t. And so we get to go along with these two as they put aside the fears and let their hearts fly with one another.
It’s poignant, touching and achingly real. I loved it from first read, and I’ve read it several times now.
When they announced that they were making the movie, we all got caught up in the excitement, following John as he tweeted and posted on YouTube about his involvement in the process of making the movie, which I was happy to see was indepth.
Not since JK Rowling can I remember an author getting as much attention for the movies as the cast and directors. This goes to show that Green has not only touched a chord with his reader base, but that he has managed to create a feeling around this whole book/movie that has touched a chord with teens and adults alike. It’s a rare occurance, perhaps as rare as Hazel and Gus finding and falling for one another. All perfect loves are rare. And we don’t always recognise them when we find them. The important thing is, when you do, to close your eyes and take the leap.
Even if it’s only for a short while (like Hazel and Gus) it’s worth every single moment.
I can’t wait to see this movie, cry, and fall in love all over again.