Get Excited For 'The Fault In Our Stars,' A Twisted, Authentic Take On The Nicholas Sparks Sick-Lit Genre
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Get Excited For 'The Fault In Our Stars,' A Twisted, Authentic Take On The Nicholas Sparks Sick-Lit Genre

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | December 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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If you’re a lover of young adult fiction, then you’ve probably already read The Fault In Our Stars. Perennial favorite John Green (Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines) delivered what treacly, sentimental authors like Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult were unable: a believable and emotionally engaging story about the urgency of living your life with a death sentence. If you don’t have time for all those cumbersome pages and, dear lord, words, a film adaptation of the popular book is being released in June of 2014. Forget Divergent, this is the YA book adaptation you should be squirming in your chair for. The choice of Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now, Divergent) to play cancer-stricken Hazel is perfection. Unfortunately, I’m fairly certain her co-star is entirely made up. There cannot be (nor should there be) a real human named Ansel Elgort. At any rate, Wingelbert Humptyback (Carrie, also Divergent) there will be playing her ill Romeo and, best of all, Willem Dafoe is playing the rage-fueled alcoholic author Peter Van Houten. Here’s the first poster. Let’s hope they keep the emphasis on “sick and twisted” and stay well clear of misty lighthouses and inexplicable angel ghosts.

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