By Norma Fayad
All over Instagram® and Twitter® people have been buzzing about The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. This book-turned-film has even been audaciously called this generation’s Breakfast Club. The movie premieres June 6and many trailers have already been released, with the hashtag #tfios becoming popular on many media sites.
The official trailer has had more than 18 million views on YouTube. The official The Fault In Our Stars movie fansite is advertising “The Night Before The Stars” as a midnight premier on June 5. Ticket holders can get reserved seats through the website for any theaters nearby. The cast of the movie includes Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff and Emily Peachey.
The Fault In Our Stars follows the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager diagnosed with lung cancer who meets the boy of her dreams, Augustus Waters, in a cancer support group. The two fall into a comedic yet romantic love and spend their potentially fleeting time together exploring the larger issues of life.
Many of the faculty and students at Naugatuck High School who have read the novel had very pleasant observations about the book and their expectations about the film.
“I love it! I read it four times when I got it, it made me cry on a train in Europe cause that’s where I was reading it,” said sophomore English teacher Ms. Moutinho. “I’m going to the early screening on Thursday.”
Moutinho wasn’t the only staff member who loved the novel.
“I think it was fabulous, made me cry and laugh at the same time,” said media specialist Mrs. Coretto.
English teacher Mrs. Messenger shared her sentiments.
“I think it’s a beautiful book that offers great insight into teenagers and love,” she said.
Students also seemed to love the novel and its messages about life. “I recommend reading it 6 or 7 or 100 times,” said freshman Lauren Stankiewicz.
But how will this novel translate into a movie?
“I’m nervous but excited,” said junior Sarah Hanks, “because I always get nervous when they make my favorite books into movies!”
Others shared her nervousness.
“It could be really cool unless they change it so much that it doesn’t make sense or that it isn’t the same thing as the book,” said Stankiewicz.
“I think that it would be good but, some movies don’t always come out as good as the books,” said Nicole Boldue, a sophomore.
Coretto agreed. “I would like to see how they portray the author from the book in the novel and not sugarcoat the movie what so ever,” she said.
Messenger felt a film could bring more people to the book.
“I think that as a movie, it might reach more people and they’ll read the book as a result, and that’s always a good thing,” she said.
Not only are people planning to attend, but some are even committed to the midnight showing June 5.
“Yes, I’m going to the midnight premier,” replied Hanks. She plans to see it many times, “until I run out of tears!”
Moutinho and Messenger are still considering whether or not they will go. “I’m really excited, and I hope they do a good job,” said Moutinho.
With the popularity of this novel increasing due to its big screen premiere, would teachers ever consider this novel for their curriculum?
“It must be read by all high school students and all students in general actually,” said Coretto.
Moutinho agreed. “If I could find a sensible way, I would. If it makes sense with what I’m teaching, I’d definitely use it,” she said.