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The entertainment parts of my life has been much better since I started making an effort to see movies before reading the source book when I can manage it.  This way I am never disappointed.  The book can act as a ‘Director’s Cut’ version of the film in my mind.  I actually had no plans to read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars for a long time.  The book was recommended to repeatedly so I finally borrowed it from a friend last fall and read it.   I loved the book.  I think Green did a great job of balancing reality with sentimentality with the struggle against forces entirely outside the character’s control.  So many battles with cancer are David and Goliath stories, but with Goliath armed with laser cannons.  The main characters in this book do not pretend otherwise and that, to me, is what makes the book special.

I have also been following the making of the movie adaptation and I’m really looking forward to seeing it when it comes out in June.

The extended trailer was released yesterday:

And, having seen it,  I really think the movie will live up to my expectations.

To see how this book has impacted people, teenagers in particular, check out Teens React to The Fault In Our Stars Trailer: