Q:How do you feel about "It's a metaphor" jokes blowing up on tumblr?
I think they are hilarious. I’m particularly fond of this one.
Q:I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?
I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.
Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.
And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.
Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.
Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.
(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)
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3 exclusive postcards
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This was my dad’s idea. He’s amazing.
Our parents are so awesome/hilarious/great. We really won the parent lottery. Anyway, you can get the TFIOS Preparedness Pack at DFTBA.com.
Someone anonymously sent me this ridiculously beautiful video they’d made mashing up Troye Sivan’s amazing song “The Fault in Our Stars” with the movie trailer. I have seen the trailer like two hundred times and heard the song probably a thousand, BUT I STILL CRIED.
p.s. Gentle reminder that if you make stuff like this you do not have to send me large files anonymously; you can submit to the official TFIOS movie tumblr.
And, y’know, kids dying.
Also…How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Also: Like me when I was 17.
Except I didn’t have a Hazel Lancaster or Jennifer Lawrence-type girlfriend. Or, for that matter, any type of girlfriend.
…or a dragon.
There is a post going around tumblr with tens of thousands of notes saying that I “announced” that a certain character in my book The Fault in Our Stars dies one year after the end of the book.
1. I have never said, written, or thought any such thing. (Photoshop is magic!)
2. If I had said, written, or thought any such thing (which, again, I did not), it would not become true. As you’ve probably heard me say a gajillion times, I don’t think the voice of the author should be privileged when it comes to matters outside a book’s text. So if I ever make such an “announcement,” I don’t think it should carry more weight than any other reader’s speculation.
I ended The Fault in Our Stars where I wanted to end it. I have never said anything about what might happen before or after what’s depicted in the book. I finished writing it, for better or for worse, and it now belongs to you.
It’s here! It’s here! The full #tfios trailer in beautiful high definition!
International Release Dates
I have no idea why this isn’t just “JUNE 6 EVERYWHERE” because, like, it’s all the same world. It’s not like we have to transmit the movie over several light-months of empty space to get it to Mexico…but, I’m sure there’s a good reason. So…to Mexico and Argentina and Italy and all of the other places where it comes out in a month that ends in “ber” sorry…but hopefully this is useful.
I also don’t know. (I had not seen this list until Hank reblogged it.) The world of movies is very strange to me. But I’m glad the movie is coming out in so many places! This is all so weird and wonderful.