Friday, July 18, 2014

FaceTime Friday | TFiOS Edition

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For those of you who are new to Turning Pages, FaceTime Friday is a weekly feature we do to keep in touch and discuss books, movies, and more! Why is it called FaceTime Friday? Well, considering that we live in separate states, sometimes talking on the phone and/or texting just isn’t enough when it comes to talking about our favorites in literary and film form. 

We literally FaceTime to talk about the latest books, movies, and more and then hash it out on the blog for our readers to enjoy.


It’s been some time since we’ve done a FaceTime Friday. In fact, our last one was in April when we discussed Divergent. We hate that it has been so long, but life got in the way, making it hard for us to really sit down and hash out just what we wanted to chat about without being interrupted by work, kids, and so on. 

But never fear! We are back and this Friday we’re talking about TFiOS 
aka 
The Fault in Our Stars.


Considering that Christie and I were part of the Augustus Waters phenomenon three years ago when the book wasn’t a mainstream sensation, where do we begin to express our fangirl fixation with the cinematic embodiment of the novel that changed us forever?

I guess we’ll start at the beginning..

The Book.

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As followers of the blog you’re well aware of our propensity for young adult novels. The Fault in Our Stars was the first YA novel we ever read that we felt like transcended the young adult barrier in a way that no novel had before. It was a beautiful, poignant, collection of words that elicits a symphony of emotions that resonates with teens, but can be acutely felt and understood in John Green’s poetic life wisdoms by adults. We’ve both read novels that made us ugly snot cry, but this novel got inside our minds and our hearts in a way that made us not only drop five pounds in saline and mucus expendage, but we mourned. For days. Weeks later there was a void inside that won’t ever quite be filled. And that, our friends, is the badge of a fantastic novel. Though we tend to accumulate quite a pile of book boyfriends, Augustus Waters makes it into the elite category of book soul mates.

 

The Trailer.

From the moment that a snippet of this divine experience was released into cyberspace, we were wearing out our proverbial mouse button watching it over and over again. And we just have to say, it was our first experience crying over a movie trailer.

And we mean crying.

The public at large should have taken this as a foreshadowing of epic proportions.

Although we’re sure the corporate offices at Kleenex have a framed photo of John Green hanging on the wall. 

It fueled our flame of desperation to see the movie, and calmed any fears we had about Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort being able to aptly embody Hazel and Augustus.
Just. From. The. Movie. Trailer.

The Movie.

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In a word? It was basically perfect. From the first frame to the last. We both agreed that it was one of the best book to movie adaptations that we’ve ever seen. The cast was phenomenal. John Green did not misrepresent in all the teaser tweets he tormented his fan nation with while the movie was filming. 

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We both thought Ansel was a handsome guy before we watched TFIOS, from creeping him on IMDB to the screen space he and Shailene shared as brother and sister in the movie adaption of Divergent. But as Augustus Waters, both our hearts AND our underpants were in danger. He was hot. Sexy in a way we had yet to experience in a boy next door character.

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Sometimes it’s tough when well known actors are cast in a movie. Previous characters that they’ve played can follow them in your head and shadow their performance in the current film. But Sam Trammell in TFIOS had no vestiges of Sam from True Blood. The same for Laura Dern. They were the epitome of Hazel’s parents. There was no incestuous cloak hanging over Shailene and Ansel from Divergent. The on screen chemistry between them in TFIOS was enough to make your beakers burst.

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Nat Wolff was an astounding Isaac. He had us chuckling and eyerolling at the groping and ‘always,always’ with the fickle Monica and sitting on the edge of our seats on the brink of standing ovation at a blind guy pelting a car with eggs in validation for teenage heartbreak.
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A thing that struck Christie as funny was how that even though she knew what was going to happen, she cried in anticipation of the scenes, and even harder at the poignant delivery of them. And I, Heather, learned that her husband does have a soft spot and teared up a little during the movie. (He would deny it if you asked him though.) 
Pst. Don’t name your fish Augustus Waters. I did this. The fish died. I entered a state of depression.
The scenes edged in humor elicited laughter that would lighten your soul, and the scenes that painted devastation did it with a cinematic scapel, and we have rarely been eviserated more beautifully.
Also, the more we tried to cry in classy, beautiful silence, the more we sounded liked a muted, dying wildebeast with seizures.
Overall.
Just like the book, heartbreak included, TFIOS had us on a rollercoaster that was always going up. You don’t just watch Hazel and Augustus’s journey, you live it. Your life will not be complete until you discover first hand that some infinties are bigger than others. Watch this movie. As soon as possible if you haven’t already. And again, if you already have.
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Happy reading.

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