In the mood to see a bunch of people get angry over nothing? Then check out all the people freaking out over the tagline for The Fault in our Stars. The movie poster debuted today with it scrawled on the bottom and the Internet took it upon itself to get offended. “One sick love story,” it reads under a photo of the couple laying in the grass together. I saw it earlier and thought it was perfect. Then other people saw it and thought OUTRAGE! Which is so very ridiculous because if you read the book, you’d not only understand the tag line, but you’d love it. It captures Hazel’s (Shailene Woodley) voice and her attitude toward her disease so perfectly.
Yes, in it of itself it’s an offensive thing to say about two kids dying from cancer. But I think one of the messages of the book is that cancer’s offensive. It’s an uncontrollable disease that invites itself into people’s lives with no rhyme or reason. And the best thing you can do is to approach it with a sense of humor — because otherwise you’ll end up feeling dead long before you actually die.
Hazel narrates her story in the book with so much humor and grace that you can’t help but wish that she really existed. While I’m of the mind that there’s no shame in reading a book for teens when you’re in your twenties (or even older!), you usually go into it accepting that it won’t necessarily be good. But The Fault in our Stars turned out to be so very good. I laughed, I cried, I attempted to ignore the side-eye I was getting from the woman sitting next to me on the plane when I read it. Like sorry I’m feeling emotions, lady! Also if you’re going to stare, pass me a tissue.
If anything, this poster only got me more excited to see the movie because it means that the people who made the movie got the book.