The Fault in Our Stars trailer debuted this morning, and we decided to look at how loyal the movie is to the book, based on this preview.
What we found? Nearly the entire trailer uses scenes and dialogue found in the wildly popular book.
The following lines are direct quotes from the novel by John Green, and accompanying each quote is a still depicting that scene in the movie (or at least how it’s presented in the trailer).
“You too, Mom. See you at six.”
“Make friends!” she said through the rolled-down window as I walked away.
“My name is Augustus Waters. I’m seventeen. I had a little touch of osteosarcoma a year and a half ago, but I’m just here today at Isaac’s request.”
… Patrick said, “Augustus, perhaps you’d like to share your fears with the group.”
“I fear oblivion,” he said without a moment’s pause. “I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s afraid of the dark.”
“What’s your name?”
“No, your full name.”
“Um, Hazel Grace Lancaster.”
“I am pretty unextraordinary.”
“I reject that out of hand. Think of something you like. The first thing that comes to mind.”
Augustus Waters was sitting on the front step as we pulled into the driveway. He was holding a bouquet of bright orange tulips just beginning to bloom, and wearing an Indiana Pacers jersey under his fleece, a wardrobe choice that seemed utterly out of character, although it did look quite good on him.
“I’m like. Like. I’m like a grenade, Mom. I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”
[While a line similar to this appears in the trailer, the preview sets it up like Hazel is saying it to Gus, which does not happen in the book.]
“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you,” he said.
“I guess?” I said.
“All efforts to save me from you will fail,” he said.
“Headline?” he asked.
“‘Swing Set Needs Home,’” I said.
“‘Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs Loving Home,’” he said.
“‘Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Seeks the Butts of Children,’” I said.
“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
“Augustus Waters,” I said, looking at him, thinking that you cannot kiss anyone in the Anne Frank House, and then thinking that Anne Frank, after all, kissed someone in the Anne Frank House, and that she would probably like nothing more than for her home to have become a place where the young and irreparably broken sink into love.
We crawled into the bed, my freedom circumscribed some by the oxygen, but even so I could get on top of him and take his shirt off and taste the sweat on the skin below his collarbone as I whispered into his skin, “I love you, Augustus Waters,” his body relaxing beneath mine as he heard me say it. He reached down and tried to pull my shirt off, but it got tangled in the tube. I laughed.
“Is it there?” Isaac asked when he felt me coming to a stop.
“Oh, it’s there,” Augustus said. “You know what it looks like, Isaac? It looks like all the hopes we were foolish to hope.”
Gus squeezed my hand. “It’s a good life, Hazel Grace.”
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”
[This is in Gus’ letter to Van Houten, which Hazel reads at the end of the book. In the trailer, we hear this dialogue right before it cuts to date night in Amsterdam.]
Author John Green has said that a large portion of the book’s lines were brought straight into the film, so comparisons should be endless when we see the movie in theaters June 6, 2014.