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The Fault In Our Stars

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The Fault In Our Stars is the fourth novel by author John Green. However John Green is probably more well-known as being one half of the Vlog Brothers on http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers with his brother Hank.

Published in January 2012, The Fault In Our Stars follows the story of 16 year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, the novel’s narrator, in her journey through living with Stage 4 thyroid cancer. Hazel is an only child, and worries about how her parents will cope after her death. She therefore attempts to alleviate their worry by (reluctantly) agreeing to attend a support group for children living with cancer. It is at this support group where Hazel meets Augustus Waters (Gus) who becomes intrigued by Hazel as she resembles his late girlfriend, Caroline Mathers. Augustus is 17 years old, and in remission having previously lost a leg to osteosarcoma. It is not long before Hazel develops feelings for Augustus, and the feeling appears mutual as he uses his saved wish from an organisation (similar to Make a Wish Foundation) to travel, with Hazel, to Amsterdam to meet Peter van Houten, the author of An Imperial Affliction, Hazel’s favourite book (which also holds quite a significant role in the novel).

The book continues to illustrate the growing relationship between Hazel and Augustus, and how they cope with Hazel’s cancer.

I do not want to give anymore of the plot line away as I highly encourage you to read this book. I read it last summer and immediately fell in love with both protagonists and their story. This book is heartwarming, captivating, and if you are anything like me, you will not be able to put it down.

I will warn you however, (and it shouldn’t come as a shock seeing as it is a story about teenagers living with cancer) it is a bit of a tear-jerker also.

I was highly impressed at how John Green, a 35 year-old man, was so convincing at portraying his narrator through a 16 year-old girl. Not many men would be able to pull this off, especially not as convincingly as John Green.

Another aspect of the book I love is it’s title. John Green has stated that this was inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

I hope I have done enough to convince you that you need to read this book, and for those of you who have already read it, you may or may not know that in February of last year, the film rights to this novel were optioned by Fox 2000, and just a few weeks ago, Josh Boone was announced as the director.

Although no-one has been cast as of yet, there are rumours floating around that Shailene Woodley (of The Secret Life of an American Teenager) and Hailee Steinfeld (of True Grit) are being considered for the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster. Which got me thinking, what actors would I like to see portraying these characters, so here are my picks.

Hazel Grace Lancaster

  • When I first heard that Hailee Steinfeld was being considered, I fell in love with idea of her playing Hazel, I think she would be perfect for the role. She looks exactly how I imagined Hazel, and is probably my favourite to get the role.
  • I also think Mae Whitman could be a potential Hazel. She definitely looks the part, and although she is 24, I think she could pull off a 16 year-old. I loved the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and thought that Mae Whitman was a great addition in the role of Mary-Elizabeth.
  • Vanessa Marano is another contender for the role of Hazel. Although I have not seen anything she has been in, her looks would suit the role of Hazel.
  • All signs are pointing towards Shailene Woodley as portraying Hazel, and while I do like her, she’s just not how I pictured Hazel.

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              Hailee Steinfeld        Mae Whitman       Vanessa Marano          Shailene Woodley

Augustus Waters

I haven’t heard any rumours as to who may be playing Augustus Waters, so here is who I wouldn’t mind seeing playing the role.

  • Douglas Booth is your typical “pretty boy” actor, but since Hazel is so charmed by him I think it would work in the movie to cast someone like Douglas. At 20 years old, (if he ditched the stubble) Douglas could easily pass as a 17-year-old. He could definitely be a potential Augustus.
  • Sticking with the theme emerging here of english actors, Thomas Sangster could also potentially portray Augustus Waters in this film. He is 22 however he has a really young-looking face that would definitely pass as 17. I would actually be quite interested to see what he would do as Augustus.
  • Although I would be very wary of casting a Nickelodeon or Disney star in this role, I actually think Nathan Kress has the look of Augustus Waters. Again at only 20 years of age, he could easily pull of a 17 year-old.
  • Finally, Cody Christian, best known for his work on Pretty Little Liars would, in my opinion, make an interesting Augustus. And at only 17 is the perfect age for the character.

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                    Douglas Booth    Thomas Sangster    Nathan Kress       Cody Christian

Hope you have enjoyed this post and I also hope you go out and read this book, its well worth it!

– Bee

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