Happy Eternity Discussions are regular discussions where Chiara and Jeann chat, fangirl, tease each other and snark over movies, books, TV shows and other things.
So Chiara and I went to see The Fault in Our Stars together and it was exhausting, heart breaking, and amazing. We cried together, felt depressed together, and went on to quote lines from the film as we were exhausted from all of the feels.
Jeann: I thought a lot of Gus’s lines in the novel were kind of unrealistic and a tad pretentious but when you see him delivering them in person, they were very convincing. I just loved the way he stared at her when they first met, it was both sweet and funny with the way Hazel just had an outburst over him. I like how they were both strong in different ways, with Hazel ‘keeping it real’ and telling Gus that he doesn’t need to leave a mark on the whole world by being famous.
And Gus, giving Hazel a reason to live again and to love and appreciate and experience the greatest moments in life. The relationship that these two have, their reliance on each other and how perfect they fit into each other’s lives was just beautiful, and seeing it on screen really brought the story alive.
It just makes me so excited that this movie is doing really well in the cinemas and is now becoming a worldwide phenomenon (even more than it is). It really deserves to be up there on the YA adaptation list and I think this is one of the most successful ones we’ve come across.
Shailene was the perfect Hazel, her willingness and determination to experience the Anne Frank haus and not give in to her weakness and her cancer was just so damned emotional. I was really worried for her but I loved how Gus never stopped her at any time, because he believed in her so much. That scene was a really powerful one because while we were able to see Hazel’s struggles and weakness, we were also able to see how strong she really was.
You cried, I cried, we all cried and it was such a powerful experience.
Chiara: I definitely agree with you about the pretentiousness of it all. I kind of thought the whole novel was a bit like that. But like you said, seeing it in person was completely different. It was more real, and more awkward. Gus wasn’t this suave 18 year old, he was kind of dorky, which made him all the more endearing in my eyes.
THANKS FOR THE EMOTIONAL PARAGRAPH, JEANN. GEEZUS. But yes, it’s a freaking beautiful relationship.
I think this movie is possibly the best book-to-movie adaptation because I wasn’t a huge fan f the book, but the movie broke me in half. It let me fall in love with the characters and the story in a way the book hadn’t been able to. So I, for one, am thankful that this movie was made because it really touched me.
And yes, the Anne Frank Haus scene was incredibly emotional, but uplifting at the same time. I was cringing for Hazel because she was struggling so much but on the other hand I was waving pompoms and cheering her on. Which I think is really her character placed into one scene. She is strong and she is weak – just like all of us.
This movie is truly one of the most heartbreaking that I have ever seen. Its now on my life of ‘movies to watch when I feel like sobbing’, which includes The Notebook, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Phantom of the Opera, and RENT. There is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be buying it the day it is released. You know, just to break my feels again.
Jeann: Bravo Chiara, awesome summary! It was a flawless book to movie adaptation, that would suit movie goers who haven’t read the book AND please fans of the book! They cut enough out of the book but left the most important scenes and lines in there and it made us fans really happy when we heard direct quotes from the book. They didn’t alienate movie goers who haven’t read the book behind, unlike a certain CITY OF BONES movie. Which we will be discussing in the next edition of Happy Eternity Discussions.
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