Can you imagine getting a coffee with Neil Patrick Harris. Seeing a Broadway show with Lea Michele. Spending hours looking around Barnes and Noble with John Green. Scrolling through tumblr with Tyler Oakley. Sitting in on a recording session with Paul McCartney.
What would it be like, to live your life among them.
John Green somehow always manages to create amazing stories, filled with both humour and sadness, every time he puts pen to paper. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was no exception, although this time he had help in the form of David Levithan, who creates stories with just as much wit as Green.
There was a lot happening in the book, but one thing I liked the most was the way it featured LGBT teens but it didn’t feel like it was tailor made for that audience. With one of the Will Grayson’s straight, and the other Will Grayson gay, it showed that both were going through somewhat similar things, making that it was just about love as a whole, not gay love or straight love. I won’t say anymore, but I highly suggest this book. And now I’ve decided to finish with a quote from the book, which is so true, and screams ‘the words of John Green’ all over:
“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once requited love cannot”
Okay so last night I had the pleasure of being able to see the movie adaption of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. It was one of those rare modern movies were you know that this is going to be an instant classic, and will be watched and loved by many for a long time. This is mostly due to the films lead stars, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. I’m hoping Woodley will be at least considered, for her portrayal of Hazel, during awards ceremonies in January and Febuary of next year, as I know the Academy likes to over look any films with a teenage audience (we all remember how Harry Potter was treated). But I didn’t intend to talk about how good Woodley and Elgort were, especially since many other publications will spend a lot of time talking about there performance. I’d rather look at the supporting cast, and applaud them for adding so much to the film. While his character may have been idolised by many while reading the book, I wasn’t drawn to Isaac, but it was a completely different story in the film, when he was portrayed by Nat Wolff. It was proven that Wolff is one talented young actor, and this won’t be the last we see of him. Announced in March this year, Wolff will star as Q in another of John Green’s movie adaptions, Paper Towns. Laura Dern is another that will problerly not receive the praise that she deserves from the film. She was everything I could imagine Hazel’s mum being. While the these two don’t get a lot of screen time, their casting was spot on, and matched the vide of the film very well.
A few days ago, I finally finished reading The Fault In Our Stars, which I kept a slow pace to reach the finish line over six weeks. I thought this would be the kind of book, that would suck you right in and have it finished in one go in the matter of a couple of hours on a lonely afternoon. Maybe the reason half way through I felt uninterested, was due to the way I had built this up in my head. The first half wasn’t terrible, but due to the amount of publicity it gets on tumblr, my mind didn’t know how the second half was going to set itself apart from every other young adult fiction. Eventfully, things picked up, and by the books end, I can see what everyone was going on about.
Upon finishing the book, I did a google search about the upcoming film. Although I knew that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort would be portraying our leads, Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, but the leads are so well complemented in the supporting cast. Nat Wolff will play Isaac, Laura Dern and Sam Trammell will play Hazel’s parents, and Willem Dafoe will portray Peter Van Houten. It’s been a while since I have been this excited about a book adoptions cast.
Directed by Josh Boone, The Fault In Our Stars will be released June 6, 2014. Check out the trailer above.