Maybe it’s because I’m in my mid-30s and slightly outside the “young adult” target market (ok, far outside it) but I had barely heard of The Fault In Our Stars until my high school movie reviewer Yasmin brought it up with me.
She mentioned it months ago in the same sentence as other films she had recently reviewed like The Hunger Games and Divergent, and volunteered to write it up since she ‘d just started reading the book.
Cue some mad Googling from me (not that I admitted my ignorance until now – gotta try and stay relevant to the hipsters) which is when I discovered TFIOS wasn’t just a bestseller being turned into a movie, it was an entire movement.
It’s true, other bestselling YA franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Divergent and Heavenly Creatures could also be considered movements (sort of). I mean there’s the millions of fans across the globe, the hysteria, the teen idols, the old faithful and the new converts.
But here is the difference: TFIOS doesn’t contain vampires, or superhumans, or the supernatural. This is a story about two cancer-stricken teens in love. To an audience used to fantasy and sci fi, I don’t think it gets more real than that. And the YAs are loving it, which fascinates me. Anything that gets kids these days to pick up a book and read it cover to cover fascinates me. It’s why I forced myself to read the original Twilight, and Divergent, to see what all the fuss was about.
Fans contribute to the movie’s official website by creating their own graphics to upload and share around. The first TFIOS trailer recently became the most-liked movie trailer in YouTube history. Millions of fans follow the book’s author, John Green, and actually feel, like, connected to him. There is a real dialogue there. He is their voice.
Shailene Woodley understands the full spectrum of YA films, and their fans, extremely well. So does Ansel Elgort. Not only did they star in this year’s box office smash Divergent (as brother and sister) but now they play star-crossed lovers in TFIOS as well.
Can’t wait to see what comes of this.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS releases in Australia: June 5
Synopsis: Based on the New York Times #1 Best Seller, Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey after they meet at a cancer support group. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, while Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg. Stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern and Nat Wolff.