‘The Fault in Our Stars’ more than just a chick flick
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By Kelli Davis  June 13, 2014 12:00 am

The film adaptation of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” has taken over the No. 1 spot at the box office since its premiere on June 6. Fans of the novel have flocked to the nearest theater to watch the love story between Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) play out. In the first weekend after its premiere, the movie made a record-breaking $48 million nationwide. 

The two protagonists are teens, aged 16 and 17, respectively, who each have to deal with cancer. Hazel Grace is terminally ill with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, while Augustus is a recovering osteosarcoma patient. The movie version of “The Fault in Our Stars” went over well with critics and the general public, garnering mainly positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes Movie meter website. 

The audience is comprised of the fans of the book, which was originally geared towards young adults. 

Of those attending the movie, though, 82 percent were women, and the majority of those were under the age of 25. With percentages like those, “The Fault in Our Stars” can be misconstrued as just a “chick flick,” but it is so much more than that. 

“The Fault in Our Stars” is refreshing, as it doesn’t focus on the depressing side effects of being diagnosed with cancer. Hazel Grace is an incredible protagonist, and reading a first-person narrative through her eyes was a journey full of humor and just a little tragedy. The characters are so well-written (and well-acted) that you cannot help but enjoy whichever representation you are looking at, whether it’s the book or the movie. 

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