Preschool teacher by day | Burlesque performer by night | Youtube content creator by sheer force of will
The real problem with books-turned-movies isn’t “omg they didn’t include every single word in the book” it’s “omg they completely overlooked the main theme, threw out any significant allegories, took away all the emotional pull, an turned it into a boring action movie with a love triangle in it”
This is why I was so horribly nervous and anxious going into TFiOS, all of the trailers I’d seen were showing me some sort of teen romance flick. Where was the existential crisis? Where was the cruel duality of being young and reckless while staring death in the face? As someone who grew up a ‘sick kid’ I related to these characters so deeply and I knew that there was so much more to them than being just another foil for teenagers wanting a romantic outlet.
Am I saying the romance wasn’t important? No, of course not! I am saying that there were other more important themes in the story that I was worried would be stripped away in the effort to make the film not be 6 hours long.
As someone who knows first hand what it’s like to have had more blood tests than birthdays, I felt like the most important thing about Hazel & Gus’ story was that it was about more than just their romantic feelings for each other. Luckily I think that the film managed to retain a lot of what made the book so important to me.
I feel it did a better job than, say, The Hunger Games. The film took a story about a young woman who just wanted to protect her family and accidentally incited a rebellion, and turned it into a love triangle but also there’s fighting and death.
Divergent, a young woman who was just trying to find a place she could belong, stumbles upon a government plot and also incites a rebellion. The film of Divergent is a young woman who impresses one of her teachers and falls in love with him, but also there’s fighting and death.
I’m going to finish my rant here because I don’t feel like I’m saying anything new anymore.
I did science and now the kitchen smells delicious, and I have a fresh batch of honey & oat cookies.
HEY BOYS, HEY GIRLS, SUPERSTAR DJS, HERE WE GO!
Vaudeville Inc. are hosting a Crafternoon Tea event where we will knit ‘granny squares’ to make blankets for the neonatal trust.
Don’t know how to knit? That’s fine! We can teach you.
Don’t want to knit? That’s fine! Come join us anyway and work on another craft you have.
Here is the event link so you can rsvp, get directions, and stay up to date.