Fans of novelist John Green, also known as “nerdfighters,” are predicted to flock to see the film, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Green, who is known for his young adult novels and his popular YouTube videos, will likely enlarge his loyal following with this story of young lovers fighting cancer.
What could easily be a soppy and sentimental story rings with truth and real feeling. Green’s connection with his readers comes from his commitment to authenticity. Moviegoers will see that same commitment on the screen.
The Fault in Our Stars
Based on the book of the same name, the film focuses on the story of Hazel and Gus, two teens who met at a cancer support group. If you haven’t read the book, check out the November 2, 2011, article for USAToday.com, “Exclusive excerpt of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green.”
In the article, Bob Minsesheimer gave an inside look at the novel, which was due to be released in January 2012. Minsesheimer explained that Green, who had spent time working in a children’s cancer hospital, had long wanted to write a story about a teen with an incurable disease.
The challenge was to get the character right. “That is, until he met and became friends with a 16-year-old fan of his books named Esther who had cancer. She died last August,” Minsesheimer said.
Perhaps that’s why the story of “The Fault in Our Stars” is narrated by the lead character, Hazel, a 17-year-old who has terminal cancer.
John Green book
Released in January 2012, the book quickly became a hit. In a January 17, 2012, article for NPR.org, “’The Fault In Our Stars’: Love In A Time Of Cancer,” Rachel Syme described how author John Green managed to find the humor within a tragedy.
“But it’s also brimming with joy. Hazel and Augustus have a zeal for living and for each other that, cancer or not, is rare, and it’s a delight to see their plans unfold and relationship flourish even as they both face death,” Syme said.
Because of his large fan base, built largely from his YouTube channel, Green has been able to raise money for causes he supports. According to Syme, his novel skyrocketed to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list after he offered signed copies in a pre-sale in 2011.
You might think that a novel about lovers dealing with cancer would be a real downer. That isn’t the case with “Fault” whose fans have dubbed it TFIOS. Fans of Green, known as nerdfighters, may quibble that the film doesn’t strictly follow the storyline, yet they remain loyal to Green.
In a May 14, 2014, article for the WallStreetJournal.com, “Some Nerdfighters Say ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Film Departs Too Much From Book,” Alexandra Alter described the response from fans who attended an advance screening of the film.
According to Alter, “After a recent advance screening of “The Fault in Our Stars” in Manhattan, two hardcore Nerdfighters, Jocelyn Swenson, 19, and Rebecca Woontner, 23, groused about how the film left out some of the philosophical themes that made the book so compelling.”
Their reaction is hardly surprising because, between the two girls, they had read the book a total of 20 times. Despite their objections, both girls plan to see the movie again.
Living with cancer
To learn more about cancer, be sure to check out the resources at Questia where you’ll find millions of books, articles and newspapers.
On the subject of cancer, for example, you’ll find Joy Bennett Kinnon’s October 2004 article for Ebony, “‘I Survived Breast Cancer': Prominent Women Tell How They Triumphed over the Disease.”
In the article, Kinnon interviewed four women who described how they had learned to survive and even thrive after facing breast cancer.
Quoted in the article was Marilyn Francine Braxton who said, “Cancer caused me to pare down and strip away everything that was extraneous in my life–whether they were bad relationships, false friendships, working for everybody else except my own vision–it left me naked before God in a very free and almost childlike way to say I’m going to live my life happily for however long I have.”
“The Fault in Our Stars” opens in theaters on June 6, 2014.
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