The Fault in Our Stars movie starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (Hazel and Gus) is being released today in the United States! And while I am incredibly excited to see this movie adaptation for one of my favorite books (written by John Green), there have been some worries lingering in the back of my mind ever since I first heard that it was being filmed.
I’m sure I’m not alone with my concern that the movie is going to leave out important details or scenes from the book. What if the setting isn’t right? Or the atmosphere? Or the dialogue or the outfits or the sequence of events? I’ve read the book three times now and I would hate for the movie to fall flat in comparison. Part of the reason I love the book so much is the beautiful writing, and I’m worried that that charm will be lost when the story is translated into a movie.
However, my main concern is that the movie will negatively alter how I view the book. A large part of the way I read is imaging the story in my mind. I’m afraid that from now on when I read TFiOS I’ll only be able to think of Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. And while that may not be a terrible thing, that’s not really what I want my mind to focus on. I want to imagine Hazel and Augustus as I perceive them to be, not how they are projected by this movie.
I am in no way predicting or expecting this movie to be bad. I guess there’s just a part of me that is so attached to this book that I’m a little afraid to let it go.
But I’m still so excited to see it!