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By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | January 29, 2014 | Comments ()


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Did you notice it? Listen for it. Here it comes.

OHHHH SNAPPPP!!!! SAY ANYTHING SLAM. Well, but she’s right. If you haven’t read the book by John Green, it tells a love story centered on two very young and very ill patients. Basically, he gave her his heart, she gave him a bag to throw up in because chemo is a b*tch. It’s a rough story and it’s absolutely going to destroy the teenagers who line up around the block to see it. I don’t know about this Ansel Elgort fellow who’s playing Augustus, but Shaliene Woodley is going to absolutely kill as Hazel. Feel the pain. Don’t drown it out in Peter Gabriel, just feel it.

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  • Alli Boyd

    I work in respiratory and she is not wearing that nasal cannula right and it's driving my OCD crazy!

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    i haven't read the book, but i am a HUGE fan of john green and that whole nerdfighter scene, and i've been keeping up on his blogs about the production of this movie. i will definitely be watching so he can get some of my monies. that man is the absolute best.

  • chanohack

    I was prepared to love the book purely out of devotion to John Green, but it is, in fact, completely lovely on its own.

  • Az

    The book decimated this 45-year-old. And I cried during the trailer much to my husband's concern.

  • Orleanas

    Though I was completely wrecked for the last fifty pages or so of The Fault in Our Stars, , nothing in the trailer made me remotely interested in seeing it. It may have something to do with the fact that though I sympathized and empathized with the characters, I could not exactly like them. So seeing the trailer emphasizes for me all the things I did not like in the book.

  • I don't buy that boy saying those words. He doesn't have the...that THING that Augustus needs. He's not selling it. She is. He's just kinda giving it away for free and I don't want it.

  • NTE

    I will definitely be seeing it. And I will definitely be crying.

  • There will be Carrie Mathison levels of ugly-crying in our house. Me, my 16yo daughter, and my wife. Together. Hiding from the world.

  • The Mama

    I keep moving this book around my house. I'm too scared to read it. The Cannonballers say I must. This movie trailer isn't making me any less scared, I'll tell you.
    But I need to see this. And then I need to go home and cry for days.

  • Az

    Oh, read it. I waited for a weekend when my husband was out of town because it freaks him out a bit when I sob uncontrollably over a book. My lab Layla, on the other hand, is the best crying companion ever. She looks sympathetic and cuddles. There was a lot of crying. A LOT.

  • Paula Kay

    Am I the only one that finds the 'cleverness' of the dialogue a bit much?

  • See, I feel like it worked in the book, but hearing it...yeah. It's a little Dawson's Creek in that "NOBODY talks like that! NOBODY!" kind of way that that show had.

  • chanohack

    John Green talks like that. I swoon.

    That said, sure, it's pretentious, but the characters are supposed to be pretentious. That's part of how Augustus copes. Also, they're teenagers-- I, for one, definitely felt high and mighty about knowing the difference between "literal" and "figurative" when I was sixteen, and would have instantly fallen in love with a guy who talked about "existentially fraught free-throws." Teenagers might not talk like that, but they think like that-- like the thing they're saying is the cleverest thing ever, that it's never been said before. I sure did.

    I say none of this to put down teenagers. It's just how I remember feeling.

  • brutalkitten

    Exactly! What you said is pretty much what John Green had to say about the matter. He wrote the story from the points-of-view of teenagers who *think* they sound like that. When I first read the book, the cleverness drove me nuts but then I read John Green's reasons for writing the characters that way and I was okay with it.

  • I can't remember if I actually talked like that as a teenager but I have proof that I wrote like that. Sometimes I go back to the LiveJournal where most of the entries were from when I was 17 and I laugh and laugh at myself.

  • chanohack

    But that's adorable!

  • MontroseMama

    I will not watch this movie or read this book. As I have grown older I do. to voluntarily submit myself to something that will obviously break my heart.

  • chanohack

    I feel you. I still haven't seen Up.

  • Laura

    Keep it that way. The first five minutes destroy you.

  • troublesometots

    I want this movie to be massively successful because John Green deserves it all. But I am not woman enough to face this story again.

    (*goes to weep quietly in the corner*)

  • Three_nineteen

    If that's a Say Anything... slam, it's a pretty bad one, since Lloyd's boombox moment doesn't actually fix his relationship with Diane.

  • manic pixie dream boy?

  • omgomgomg I have nothing to add to this conversation except your avatar has caused me to fall madly, deeply, lustfully in love with you

  • I do what I can.

  • chanohack

    I'm reading the book now, and they're both rather MPD-ish. But… isn't that how you see all significant others, when you're 16? (Honest question.)

  • the answer is yes.

  • emmalita

    It's about time! But then, aren't Sherlock and
    Loki a kind of manic pixie dream boy?

  • Az

    TOTALLY. Especially Sherlock.

  • huh . . . I had never thought of Sherlock or Loki that way, mostly because I always thought of the manic pixie dream ___ as always someone in a relationship, who can supposedly 'fix' or 'help' the other partner in the relationship. I don't think Sherlock would be able to fix anyone. Rather, his character would be a prime type to be 'saved' (from his weirdness, his awkwardness, his meanness, etc) by the manic pixie dream girl. Only she, that mythical creature, has all the perfect characteristics to have someone like that fall in love with her.

    *Not saying I wouldn't sign up to be Sherlock's MPDG though (I don't care which current instantiation. All three are acceptable).

  • emmalita

    Nathan Rabin defined the MPDG as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." (Thank you Wikipedia). That's a pretty good description of both current tv Sherlocks and their impact on their Watsons. Not so much with Loki though. And yes, I'm forcing the analogy. I'm bored today.

  • good point. Sherlock is kind of MPDB to Watson. I had never thought of it that way.

  • narfna

    This will be a movie I see early in the morning so that I can have lots of sunshine afterwards to make me feel better. This is not a movie I would like to leave in the dark. Day movie. Definitely day movie. And probably by myself so I can indulge in my pain without shame.

  • baxlala

    I don't know if I can handle watching this movie. I read the book in one sitting and cried so much that it looked like someone punched me in both eyes.

  • Cowtools

    Warning: The following will sound like contrarian asshatery, but it isn't.

    This article summarises why i really didn't like this book. I liked the writing style, and the occasional funny line, but I found the story to be just as manipulative and phoney as any Nicholas Sparks novel, but the fact that it couched itself in this 'this is the way thing REALLY are' made it so much worse.

    Like, Say Anything might not be perfect, but it was sincere, it wore its heart on its sleeve. Thats what that Peter Gabriel scene was all about. (And this film conveniently forgets that John Cusack playing the boom box for Ione Skye did NOT win her back and make everything better)

    But this book hedges it's bets by having the characters distance themselves from everything through irony, and then praising them for this by making it seem like this is the LEGITIMATE response to a life-threatening illness. E.G.: in the opening scene, Hazel mocks a man in the support group for coping with his cancer via traditional/religious attitudes, yet Gus' pretend smoking is somehow a more valid response?

    I'm not a heartless monster. I enjoy a good cry. I bawled through the film's of Bridge To Terabithia, Hugo, & War Horse. I don't mind being manipulated for the sake of a good story. But I couldn't stand how this book tried to sell itself as being non-manipulative, and then pulls every trick from bad rom-coms to convince me the leads had the truest of true loves. It killed my empathy for the characters.

  • I feel like you posted almost this exact same thing (minus the Say Anything analysis) on the last post relating to this film. Do you secretly love it? Are you hate-fucking it in writing? You seem to be devoting a lot of energy to it.

  • Cowtools

    I did, and I was happy to leave it there, except that now they went after what I'd consider to be one of the best teen movies ever, and I couldn't let that insult stand,

    I'll leave off now.
    Unless they go after The Breakfast Club or 10 Things

  • Fair 'nuff.

  • Ruthie O

    How interesting! Have you spent lots of time with young adults with cancer? I'm not saying you haven't, but I'm curious to know because this book pretty much lines up with my own experiences in the childhood cancer community. My brother had cancer when we were growing up, and I spent fifteen summers (as a camper then a counselor) at a camp for kids with cancer and their siblings, working primarily with the teens. I found the depiction to be SPOT ON realistic. You say irony detached them, but when illness becomes your everyday reality, it isn't detachment so much as it is real life. My brother had a harder time emotionally going back to being healthy after six years of treatment-- because treatment, the hospital, and other cancer kids were normal to him, not school or healthy kids running around during recess. The even-handedness of my campers describing their bouts with cancer shocked some of the new volunteers, but it makes sense when it's their everyday reality.

    I actually loved how this story didn't go the Nicholas Sparks (or Glee or Traveling Pants) route. Instead of having the sick kids teach the healthy protagonist about the value of life, the sick kids are teaching each other how to live, love, connect, and cope. I think that's why all my camp friends absolutely adore this book-- they are finally seeing themselves in a cultural narrative.

    My only critique is that sometimes John Green seemed too impressed with Hazel's cleverness, if that makes sense. But while he got my attention with FIOS, he completely won me over with Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which a commenter here recommended to me a few weeks ago!).

  • Cowtools

    That's a very good point. I wouldn't presume to speak about the experience of having cancer or how it's portrayed. I've no right to judge how anybody copes with cancer, and if this book helps them, then it's done a good thing. I teach teenagers (that's how I heard about this book) and I've seen that this book speaks to them and they can identify with the characters, so obviously the author is skilled. I think it bugs me that I can't identify with Hazel or Gus, because I like to feel that I understand where my students are coming from.

    My problem with this book is more about the romance plot. I felt the relationship between a Hazel and Gus was idealized and shallow, and that because they don't really face any difficulties or challenges in the course of falling in love, the only source of drama in the story comes from the fact that they are likely to die soon. Thus, the plot relies on the cancer as a shortcut to generate drama, and ergo it seems just as manipulative as any other 'cancer story'.

  • chanohack

    OMG I'm reading this book RIGHT NOW!!! (I feel I should add that I'm 30 years old, because from this comment, who the hell can tell?)

  • cox

    I didnt think anything would convince me to see/read about dying teenagers, ever. But john green might. finished his first novel (looking for alaska) just few hours ago. Its a bit heavy handed, as first novels tend to be, but boy is there genuine talent there. I might get a suply of tissues the size of a small goat and try this one.

  • Irina

    Looking for Alaska is my least favorite John Green book. The Fault In Our Stars is his best, followed closely by Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which is more more light-hearted).

  • cox

    Really? Well its seems natural. He is 36 now, so he wrote alaska in his 20s. And he gets stronger and stronger now. I will try Will Grayson next then, Thans for the tip!

  • Modernlove

    It won't just be destroying teenagers, trust me. I'm in my 30s and almost cried at the trailer. The movie is going to decimate me.

  • Quatermain

    Hopefully the 9/10's of you that's still around will be able to soldier on.

  • Bananapanda

    You didn't need that 10% anyway.

  • Nimue

    Ha, no almost about it.

  • Emilie

    i'm gonna need to rent a hand to hold to get through this one.

  • Modernlove

    Now that is a money making service if I've ever heard one.

  • annie

    Our age means we'll get to drink as we cry openly as we watch it.

  • Modernlove

    Which we are totally going to do. And then silently judge each other for our tears.

  • annie

    I was kidding about that. I don't really show emotion that belies a heart.

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  • Modernlove

    Look, you're not going to leave me crying by myself. I will resort to pinching if I have to.

  • annie

    I'm not afraid to wield a plastic fork. Know that.

  • Modernlove

    You scare me. In a good way.

  • Uriah_Creep

    You ladies sound like fun. Can I join you?

  • Modernlove

    The more the merrier!

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