Hey there ! I hope you're doing well ! Today I'd like to talk about a book. What book you might be asking ? Except that no because you read the title. That's right. Today I'm going to talk about The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green.
This book... This book. All the tears. All the sobs. Alright. Let's get to it. *takes a deep breath*
You've probably heard of this book at least once, if you haven't already read it. Or watched the movie because yeah, almost every successful book does have its movie. So here I was, (perhaps two years ago, I don't exactly remember) hearing everyone around me asking the same question : "Have you read The Fault In Our Stars ??? [...] Omg, I totally feel you, I cried !" So I was like "ENOUGH. I got it, I'm gonna read this bloody book !!" More seriously, I wanted to know what was all the fuss about. That's how I decided to read it.
Where do I even begin ? Oh yes, a little summary of the plot would be nice, indeed. This is the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a girl suffering from a thyroid cancer. She meets a boy, Augustus 'Gus' Waters, who has suffered osteosarcoma in the past, which made him lose a leg. What's next ? They fall in love with each other. I bet you didn't see that one coming.
Except that it's so much more than two teens slowly falling in love in the same old annoying way we're used to see on TV. It's so much more than that.
When you hear about the plot, one thing than can possibly come to your mind is : "Well... That seems like a sad story". But it isn't. It is and it isn't at the same time. Pain is omnipresent but so is happiness. It constantly questions the concepts of life and death with a frank approach. What is life about ? What is death about ? What do we live for ? Will the world remember me when I'll be gone ? What is the point of recognition ? It's the interaction between the two opposite protagonists that really makes the whole thing. They're both authentic and particularly interesting and touching. Hazel is clever, thoughful and down to Earth. She's not seeking glory or thankfulness while Gus is afraid of oblivion and idealistic. The contrast it offers invites us to continuously question ourselves.
When I finished reading the book, I didn't feel sad. I felt more alive than ever. And I think that's what this best-seller is really about. Making us enjoy life. Going from laughing to crying through pages made me realize how selfish I can be, how selfish we can all be in a way. Complaining about ridiculous and, in the end, insignificant stuff whereas we have the chance to be alive. Life is short for some, longer for others but it remains the way we decide to make it. Either way, it's precious and cannot be wasted. Through deep thoughts, we can't escape a stunning yet powerful and violent questionning about life and, above all, about ourselves. Words are Green's weapons, in the most beautiful way.
So if you haven't read it, I can only urge you to do it cause you'll be missing something otherwise. Besides, style writing is appropriate for all since 16-years-old-Hazel is the narrator. Teenajers as well as adults can read it and enjoy it. Laugh, cry, dream, think.
I did watch the movie. Appeared to me as pretty cheesy and naive, specially when it came to the acting, but however good at transmitting the spirit of the story and its message. Obviously not as good as the book. Simple fact.
Here's the trailer if you're also interested in watching it : https://youtu.be/9ItBvH5J6ss
And to conclude this article, I'm gonna quote one of my favorite lines from the book :
"There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. [...] I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful."
Thanks for reading, and enjoy life ! "Okay ? Okay."