Before I jump into the post…we’re going AWOL. It’s Christmas. My pile of books calls to be finished before 2014. And we’re going away to see friends, family, and other oddities. We’ll do a wrap-up-the-year-post on the 31st. And then? See you in the new year, our frabjous blogglings.
When I heard they were making The Fault in Our Stars into a movie, I was pretty much like this:
I won’t claim to be a NerdFighter. (I’ve watched about 3 of the VlogBrothers videos…mostly they were the ones about John Green cooking with his 3 year old.) I haven’t read all of John Green’s books. I hadn’t read any until this year.
But, yes, I was emotionally destroyed after finishing reading The Fault in Our Stars. I did not bawl, but it was pretty close.
I’ve been following the movie-hype (as I do for things I’m ridiculously excited for). I like the actors cast! I like that the author is involved! I hate that I have to wait until June, 2014 to see it! Seriously, do you want to kill me?!
And then? AND THEN, the first movie poster came out. And (as with anything that involves a book-to-movie adaption these days) the poster came out with conflict.
The tag line is: one sick love story.
You wouldn’t think that would cause havoc, would you? HA. Wow, after two years of book-blogging rather intensely, I’m still naive. The bookworms are up in arms! They say it’s not tasteful. They say it’s tacky and cheesy. I discussed it on Twitter and then on Facebook with my friends and noticed people were divided (more on the “fire the tag-line-writer” side).
My first thoughts at seeing the tagline? “Oh ha, ha, ha, that’s adorable.”
When I realised everyone else hated it? “Oh, gosh, I need to rethink my opinion and values and standards and life morals and 5-year plan and whether or not I am a true fan or not.”
I hate that this is what I thought. I wish I could make up my mind and stick to my opinion because I’m a strong person (I’m not) with definite opinions (I usually don’t) who believes in what she thinks (this needs to apply to more then my preference of zucchini over peas). But I’m working on it.
Note: I still fully respect everyone’s opinions! Especially my friends! You don’t have to agree with me for me to respect you.
Then I read this post about why the tagline worked. It got me thinking again and dissecting why I really thought it was okay in the first place.
Honestly, I think it’s the same style of humour John Green uses in the book!
Look at these quotes from the book:
“Headline?” he asked.“‘Swing Set Needs Home,'” I said.“‘Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs Loving Home,'” he said.“‘Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Seeks the Butts of Children,'” I said.
“How are the eyes?”“Oh, excellent,” he said. “I mean, they’re not in my head is the only problem.”“Awesome, yeah,’ Gus said. “Not to one-up you or anything, but my body is made out of cancer.”“So I heard,” Isaac said, trying not to let it get to him. He fumbled toward Gus’s hand and found only his thigh.“I’m taken,” Gus said.
See? Gallows humour. The book has it by the truckload.
While I might be (semi) alone in thinking the tag-line is fitting, I’m going to stick to my first laugh. I liked it originally. I don’t want to swap my opinion the instant someone says, “That’s cheesy”. (Sorry, Mime.) I don’t mind rethinking my opinions, of course, just not out of the need to think what everyone else thinks.
And I seriously cannot WAIT until this is in cinemas.
Cait is a retired people-pleaser. She still likes people to be pleased, but she’s working on not dying when they’re not (harder then it sounds). Her favourite books by John Green are LOOKING FOR ALASKA and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Consequently, they’re the only books of his she’s read. She would like to amend this. Pronto.