The Fault in Our Stars

You know the feeling how, every time, when you watch a movie that was adapted from a book, after reading the book, the movie always turns out to be entirely unlike what you had imagined from reading the book?

Yeah, I didn’t get that feeling at all, not from this movie.

I’m not sure if it’s a positive or negative, but the movie was almost exactly as I had envisioned when I read the book a few years ago (thanks Tree!), and had planned to write a review for, but never got around to.

I was hoping the movie would draw my attention to something I overlooked in the book, maybe present some things differently to invoke different emotions, or something. But no, didn’t happen. It was a faithful rendering of the book, but really not too much more.

On the plus side, that means less work for me, because now I can write 2 reviews for the price of 1!

I haven’t read many sick novels, so I don’t have many books to compare it to, but I thought it was pretty good.

The language is flowery and the plot twists plenty, though slightly predictable. But it was still a nice and touching story.

No, it’s not realistic and things don’t work that way in real life, but who wants to read a book or watch a movie about the real life of 2 American teenagers? I know I certainly wouldn’t want to read a book about my teenage years!

The movie felt a little bland for me having read the book, but I’d still recommend it if you haven’t read the book. You get most of the good stuff form the book, with much less time investment, and hence high ROI.

The book is pretty good as well, and there’s quite a bit of good stuff that didn’t make it into the movie.