Since premiering as a major motion picture in June 2014, John Green’s novel, ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ has become a topic of controversy for readers and viewers. The story begins when teens Gus and Hazel meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Together, they share their triumphs and struggles while enjoying their “little infinity” while they still can.
Readers from around the world have fallen in love with Green’s young adult fiction novel and have shown massive support for the film. “The Fault in Our Stars”has not yet been released on DVD. On Sept. 10 and 12, Centertainment productions showed the film at the Drefyus University Center.
“It was free with a student ID which was amazing,” said freshman Yessenia Santamaria. “To my surprise, I saw quite a number of guys there. The girl next to me was sobbing by the end.”
While Santamaria has only watched the film, but SPTV News Producer Emily Margeson is familiar with both the print and film versions.
“There weren’t really that many differences between the book and the film,” said Margeson. “They left out small things but they didn’t change how you would perceive the movie.”
While some readers have been critical of the film adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars,” Margeson viewed the differences between film and novel in a different way.
“Reading a book is a different experience than watching a film,” said Margeson. “It can be hard for some people to read a book and watch a movie, but I’ve learned that you have to take them for what they are.”
Margeson was impressed by the actors. Ansel Elgort plays Gus, opposite Shailene Woodley as Hazel. Margeson was inspired by their ability to deliver strong emotions during intense scenes.
“What really stood out to me in the film was where Hazel reads Gus the eulogy she wrote for him,” Margeson said. “It was a beautiful, touching moment. When reading it, it wasn’t as sad and moving as it was when I was watching it on screen.”
While worldwide reviews of the translation of “The Fault in Our Stars” from print to film are mixed, it seems the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students have developed their own consensus of what makes a powerful story, despite the medium. Whether a fan of the print or film version, “The Fault in Our Stars” is likely on its way to being considered one of the defining romances of this generation.