If This If I Stay Trailer About A Teen In A Coma Is For Serious, I Quit The Movies

If I Stay Mia Hall Movie PosterSo earlier today I saw someone compare this If I Stay movie trailer starring Chloe Grace Moretz to The Fault In Our Stars. As someone VERY excited to see The Fault In Our Stars, I enthusiastically clicked on the link. Which, for internet beginners, means I clicked clicks 500 times rapidly in hopes that I could teleport to 2 minutes in the future and already be obsessed with the movie. I enjoy nothing more than obsessing over things that the kids like.

But guys, before you fall into the same trap as me, please know this movie looks horrible. Downright dreadful. If I didn’t know any better, I’d assume this was a bad parody movie mocking YA novels. Then again, in the movie’s defense, it sounds like it’s sticking pretty closely to the premise of the book. Basically what happens is that Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz), a very promising cellist — because of course she’s a very promising cellist — gets in a  car accident with her parents. They die, mostly because parents have no purpose in YA lit. No seriously. Think of one book or movie for teenagers that gives parents more than a few lines. You can’t think of any, right? Exactly my point! (As always, RIP Potters)

Mia, however, is alive. BUT BARELY! She’s in a coma in the hospital. And twist, she’s also an Earth Angel with the ability to walk around outside her body without being seen. So throughout the movie she just lurks around her hospital room and listens to all her loved ones beg her to come back to life. Which is like the epitome of an emo teen’s messed-up fantasy life. “Wouldn’t it be so cool if I could find out what everyone thought of me and in addition to that, I’d find out that they all loved me the mostest!?” I mean, I saw that in the trailer and immediately understood why this did so well with the kids. Apparently the climax of the story is when she decides whether or not she wants to stay alive. Speaking as an alive person, I personally would find it very selfish of her to listen to all these people telling her she’s the best and then stay dead. But I’ve never been an Earth Angel, so I might want to keep my mouth shut when it comes to matters like these.

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      I read the novel and really enjoyed it, but it’s a fairly typical YA tearjerker. ‘Say Something’ in the trailer just makes me want to cry.

    • val

      I read this book. It’s extremely sad.

    • Ripley4

      Your opinion is in the vast minority from what I’ve seen so far.

      • Jenni

        Trust me, I know. After reading gushing reviews all day, I just had to say something.

    • Haley Keller

      I’ve never read the book, but I’ve heard a lot about it. Everything I’ve heard is positive too. I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone who read it and didn’t like it.

      • Jenni

        well hopefully for their sakes, the movie works!

    • elle

      Ugh I did not enjoy this book. I got it after the Amazon store aggressiy suggested it to me (I love ya, no shame) and I wish I wouldn’t have wasted my money and checked it out at the library. however in fairness I will say that if I had read it when I was 13/14 I think I would have loved it.

      • Jenni

        I can see my 13/14 year old self (maybe even 15) loving this idea so hard. So perhaps I should go back in time?

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        LOL! for Jenni too.

    • Marissa

      I actually really loved the book–I thought it was moving and actually wasn’t too sappy–so give it a read if you have time. But I definitely agree that the movie looks awful. I love Chloe but the book is beautiful in a way that can’t be translated without looking how it does in the trailer. The book has a great inner monologue and it’s a shame it can’t be translated to the movie.

      • Jenni

        Okayy, perhaps I’ll try the book. It sounds like it’s possibly one of those books that just doesn’t translate to be a movie? That tends to be the cases with inner monologues.

    • Jenny

      The book is really, really good. I hope they don’t ruin the movie.

    • http://moviepilot.com/StephenWaters Stephen

      The book is quite a bit better than what you assume it to be. The parents to get significant roles, since much of the story takes place inside Mia’s memories that she thinks over while in the “Earth Angel” stage. Also, she finds it hard to stay because if she wakes up, then she has to live with her whole family being dead. It is the only film this year that is even close to TiFios (teen death/romance), so that is why they are lumped together. I thought the trailer looked fantastic, and I hope you give the book a read before making your final judgement.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      So it’s a mashup of The Lovely Bones, It’s a Wonderful Life and Tom Sawyer? Exactly what I’ve been waiting for.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks


    • Vera

      Sometimes I have a feeling YA only works well on print, not on screen.

      (Don’t beat me with a stick, cause I’m a fan of all books and I love it when they’re made into movies.)

    • Faith

      I read the book last year and I loved it! I’m very excited to see it be made into a movie! The book isn’t very sappy, it’s actually deep and meaningful. I am also a huge fan of The Fault in Our Stars because I read that last year and loved it as well. So many good movies coming out in 2014, I’m freaking out about both. I suggest you read the book, the movie may not end up being good, but the book is amazing.

    • kjblhkyu

      Wow, really? REALLY? Don’t judge a book by its cover- or its movie trailer, for that matter, as movie adaptations rarely do their source material justice. Your comment about the parents not being important irks me. While I understand your reasoning, it is not valid as you have no concrete evidence to support it. If you had read the book you would know that (yes, unlike most YA novels) Mia’s parents are two of the most important characters in the book. It’s all about how they influenced her and how their lives and their decisions impact her later in life. A substantial part of the book is Mia flashing back on her parents’ lives, along with stories that she had heard about them. Also, her relatives don’t crowd around her bedside praying and wailing and begging her to come back to them. That’s ridiculous. In fact, while sitting next to her hospital bed alone, her grandfather acknowledges the fact that if Mia chooses to stay she will have to deal with the aftermath of the accident. He tells her that it’s alright if she doesn’t survive. He realizes that maybe she would be better off that way. The book is called “If I Stay” instead of “If I Leave” for a reason. The latter would suggest that she never really planned on leaving, along with the cliché ending you assumed would happen. It’s not weeping family members that bring her back. It’s her own decision, and her love for music- despite all the tragedy, she realizes without anyone else’s help that she has so much life left ahead of her, and that it is better to go on.

    • Quin

      I have to say, I totally agree. I read this book a few years ago when I was about 12/13 years old and I was obsessed. But, now, being almost 16, I can’t say I would ever read or watch this movie. It seems so cliché to me and in my opinion, doesn’t work well as a movie. I’m sure 12/13 year old must be completely obsessing over it because the movie is appealing to tweens/young teens now.