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Page to Screen: The Fault in our Stars

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All right fellow YA lovers and nerdfighters, this past weekend was a big one for us. The much anticipated movie adaptation of 2012 Teens’ Top Ten pick The Fault in our Stars came out on Friday with some theaters even previewing it on Thursday night. This heavily anticipated film has received a lot of media coverage as of late because of the book (and certainly John Green’s) large fandom.

Fans of the book and Green have been very vocal about their anticipation and expectations for this film. John Green made the film seem like a collaborative process to get from page to screen, and the filmmakers were pretty vocal about their love of the source material. The collaborative aspect with Green in and of itself is rare since authors usually get NO say whatsoever once the film rights have been sold to the book, so this was huge and something that made me as a fan pretty hopeful for the adaptation.

John Green really gave me hope for this movie, and I daresay this film might just be one of the truest adaptations of a book that I’ve seen in a long time. Now there were changes made from page to screen and for a full rundown of those you can check out this EW article, but the heart of the book was all there. John Green’s words were there. 


The Waiting Game: Teens React To The Fault in Our Stars Movie Trailer

tfios posterJust a few weeks ago, an event of epic proportions sent intense ripples of squealing and sobbing through cyberspace.  That’s right–the long awaited first trailer for the film adaption of The Fault In Our Stars was released into the wide world.

Now, I was just as eager as any fan to get this first big peek at the film.  After all, I was a fan of TFIOS from the moment I first opened my autographed, pre-ordered copy.  I’ve enjoyed all of John Green’s previous novels and as a general follower of his growing online presence, I had heard quite a bit about his newest novel before its publication.  However, I was thrilled to find that the novel actually lived up to my high expectations.  I unwisely read the last quarter on a public bus–and attempted in vain to hide my sniffles and sobs.  With very little help from me, the novel’s popularity has since exploded among the teens in my library.  So after viewing the trailer myself, I was eager to hear their reactions.

The reactions were overpoweringly positive–with one or two exceptions.  The few doubters I encountered expressed either a dissatisfaction with the casting or a concern that the movie would be disappointing.  However, the majority of the teens I asked about the trailer were effusive in the their praise.  One student mentioned that even though she hadn’t read the book yet, the trailer made her even more interested in getting her hands on a copy of the novel.  Another literally made a plaintive whining sound when I first mentioned the trailer.

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So You Loved The Fault in Our Stars — Now What?

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the release of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, it remains hugely popular, hovering near the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list for children’s chapter books and appearing on more than one of the year’s “best books” lists, including those (such as TIME Magazine‘s fiction list and Dan Kois’s at Slate) that aren’t focused on YA books. But once you’ve finished the book, what’s next? Here are some great books that will appeal to TFiOS fans of all kinds.

Fiction Dealing with Disability and Illness
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  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
    Opening just as Jessica has lost her right leg in an accident, this Schneider Family Book Award winner deals with the aftermath of a major life event, including the depression that can come with a serious injury. Jessica finds her worldview expanded by her new reality but at the same time also deals with the normal pressures that any high school student confronts, including problem classes and budding relationships.
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Tour de What?!?

cover for The Fault in Our StarsSo, remember how the Vlogbrothers are kind of a big deal on the internet? Well, this year, in celebration of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, the brothers took their show on the road. In previous years, the brothers have held Tour de Nerdfighting, and the most recent tour was called, appropriately enough, Tour de Nerdfighting 2012. Yeah, yeah, you’re thinking, another YA author touring the country, reading from his book and then signing. Well … not quite.

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