I finally decided to watch The Fault In Our Stars this night. I’m not entirely sure why tonight, given the state of my mind these past couple of days.
I’m going to try something new for this post – Don’t be confused, it’s still a blog for literary reviews and my thoughts on how with the mere turning of a page, one can embark on an unexpected adventure. A beautiful one, mind you.
So let me tell you about my unexpected journey with one of the most beautiful books I’ve picked up in a while.
I was at the airport, waiting for my flight to Seattle; it was delayed for over four hours. I don’t know who it was, but someone gave me, or suggested, The Fault In Our Stars. Told me I should pick it up for the long flight to my sister.
With nothing but time on my hands,memories I wanted to leave behind, and no more shops at the airport for me to visit, I took the book out of my bag and turned to the first page.
All those pages later, tears streaming down my face. My flight almost landing in Seattle, I had no words. Thinking back, I still have no words.
When you look at the central plot that the story takes, it’s not one that we’ve not heard about before. Cancer – it’s a theme that many numerous authors have experimented with before.
It’s one of the world’s craziest and deadliest family members; and I say family members because sadly, it exists in every house. Every story is unique, dreadful, heartwarming, but heartbreaking at the same time. Some of these stories they have happy endings, while some of them, unfortunately not.
There are however some stories, much like the story of our protagonists, Hazel Grace and Augustus. There is a certain chemistry between the two of them, a connection so great that for a moment, as you turn the pages, the haunting aura of cancer is almost forgotten.
Hazel and Augustus, they can’t be described, they can only just be read, experienced – felt in almost every way possible.
I’ve been avoiding this film for the longest time, I kept thinking to myself; how can I watch a film, re-live a story that broke my core from the first page. And boy was I wrong. This is coming from someone who respects books and has a strong opinion on books being turned into films.
The Fault In Our Stars – this is something that everyone should experience. It’s a story of love, pain – emotional, physical, and something that till date, no writer can ever manage to put down in words. No artists can ever recreate on a canvas… an emotion so strong that you’d have to witness to first hand to know what it would mean to have everything taken away from you.
The Fault In Our Stars is a story that will make you question yourself; the single most important question, “Have you lived enough, enough for it to count as your ‘Grand Story’?”
Everyone always blames their stars when something goes wrong, or thanks their stars when things go right – It’s a good life, and Hazel and Gus, their parents, their friend Issac, all the characters in this book, from the very beginning are teaching you lessons. So go ahead, pick up this book, let Hazel, her journey with Gus, their love story, take you through life, and remind you, that there will always be something that you have, or that you don’t have, but none of this should stop you from living your Great Story.
Go buy, The Fault In Our Stars. Now. And remember, “It’s Okay….” It always will be.
Oh, and please, keep a box of tissues handy. (Sincere advice)
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