Every day that passes brings a dedicated fandom closer to the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now that the trailer has been released, emotions are ramping back up in anticipation. Tears have been spilled, fangirls have squealed and everyone wants to predict just how closely the book and movie will line up. Let’s analyze together.
Back when casting was first announced, some people were upset over little physical details about the actors. For example, Ansel Elgort (to play Augustus) doesn’t have blue eyes like in the book, or a prosthetic leg for that matter. Nat Wolff (to play Issac) doesn’t have blond hair like his character. John Green responded via his Tumblr saying he had no problem with the differences. “Movie adaptations are not, and should not attempt to be, visualizations of a novel.”
Besides those small things the actors seem to have captured everyone’s hearts as the perfect ones for their roles. Elgort has the charisma that comes with those crooked-smile-boys we’re supposed to love. Shailene Woodley chopped her beautiful, long hair to match Hazel. She has also proven time and time again though that she plays teenage-girl-finding-herself well (The Spectacular Now, The Descendants, and anticipated good performance in Divergent). The more I watch special TFIOS Vlogbrother videos from the set, the more I’m convinced that the real actors are just as chill as their characters. So overall, I’d say thumbs up in character portrayal.
I think readers are going to be really excited by the amount of lines that moved straight from the book to the script. The trailer specifically shows off a lot of popular lines. I love that big chunks of passages make it into the movie even, like Augustus’s dinner spiel to Hazel about “love being a shout into the void.” It’s so dramatic and profound but that’s really why we love reading John Green, no?
I’m also glad to see things like Isaac, Gus and Hazel egging a car together. Hazel’s Mom running into her room before her Dad carries her into the hospital was also a dose of reality. I had to remember all the inevitable sadness I will relive during the movie.
Other little things like wardrobe are on point for many scenes too. In the trailer we see Augustus take Hazel flowers. He’s wearing an Indiana Pacers jersey and holding bright orange tulips. That’s straight from the book. Thanks to John Green’s incessant taking of pictures on set we know even things like Hazel and Augustus eating bitterballs will be included. That kind of thing gets me excited.
Sometimes the little details make all the difference in pulling off a convincing book–to-movie transition. Not only was the movie shot on location in Amsterdam, the scene in the Anne Frank house was shot in the actual Anne Frank house (confirmed here on Green’s blog). The Literal Heart of Jesus has an actual Jesus rug in the film. The desperate lonely swing set even makes an appearance. The rest of the movie was filmed in Pennsylvania instead of Indiana where the book takes place.
Some people on Tumblr are pretty sure that the piece of paper on the bed side table in the hotel scene is the venn-diagram. Of course we have to wait for the movie to confirm that, however you can convince yourself of anything when you watch the trailer more than five times. We even know the made-up drug Phalanxifor makes it into the movie from John Green taking a picture on set. Again, the attention to detail is thrilling. Can we hope to see embroidered encouragements too? I hope!
What is left to wonder about? A lot! We still haven’t seen any scenes with Van Houten (to be played by William Dafoe). I’m really interested in seeing Isaac and Augustus interact more between the two of them alone. Then there’s that whole issue of how the ending will go over. Obviously, there will be lots of tears, and I’m expecting goose bumps when someone speaks at someone’s funeral (the spoiler friendly version for those still finishing up before the movie). What part are you looking forward to most?