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The Fault in Our Stars remains very true to the book. At 2 hours, 5 minutes some things get compressed, a few characters are left out, and details are inevitably dropped along the way, but this is still an impressive adaptation.
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But what was changed along the way? Let's take a crack at documenting the differences.
We'll start with the most significant. In the book, Hazel's relationship with Gus is complicated by his ex-girlfriend, Caroline Mathers, a cancer patient who died before the book begins.
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With her own death always feeling so near, Hazel can't help but compare herself to Mathers. Mathers presence in the book serves mostly to deconstruct the myth of the strong and serene cancer patient, fighting to the end. Caroline's decline, as described through online updates, also prepares the reader for what Gus will soon go through.
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Her personality disappears as the disease progresses, finally taking her ability to speak before the end. In the book, Gus' steadily declining health is plotted point-by-point until he's gone. Hazel sees him get weak, then stop walking, then confined to his bed. She helps clean him up after he wets his bed. She sees him move to a bed in the living room, only able to get out by wheelchair.
The whole thing is excrutiating, but it gives you a real idea of what he's going through. The movie version drops almost all this, but notably keeps the scene where Hazel rushes to a nearby gas station in the middle of the night after Gus decides he wants to be able to buy a pack of cigarettes for himself.
The result is a little jarring. We miss some of the weight of Gus' decline, probably with the intent of keeping the movie from running too long. The book drops a few hints that Gus' cancer has returned, and none of them are in the movie.
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The big omission was Gus' fight with his mom. When Hazel and her mom go to pick up Gus on their way to Amsterdam in the book, they overhear an argument. In the movie version Gus arrives at Hazel's house in a limousine as if nothing is wrong.
In the book, Hazel's connection to her old life, and the non-cancer world, is Kaitlyn, a high school girl who likes to speak in a faux-British accent and dish about boys. Kaitlyn's biggest moment in the book comes near the end when she helps Hazel figure out how to find Gus' final letter.
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The movie wisely cuts her out. That whole manic pixie faux-Brit thing probably wouldn't work onscreen. And in the process it puts Gus' final letter in Peter Van Houten's hands as he travels to Indiana, which makes a lot more sense narratively.
It's a shame that Mike Birbiglia only gets a minute of screen time as Support Group Patrick, but really this seems like a wise move.
In the book, the Support Group pops up occasionally to underscore what it's like to live with and talk about cancer.
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It's enlightening for the reader, but not really key to the plot. As Gus and Hazel wait to board their flight to Amsterdam in the book, Gus disappears to grab something to eat, and doesn't come back until the plane is boarding, explaining that the line got super long.
After boarding the flight, he admits the line wasn't very long, he just didn't feel like being stared at by people in the gate area. Was he embarrassed?
He says the experience would have "pissed him off," and he didn't want to be angry on such a great day. This is another scene that was cut for the sake of narrative flow, but in the book helps to underscore bigger points about the other-ness we assign to sick people.
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Isaac's storyline gets dropped and picked up in slightly different places in the movie. Hazel doesn't visit a newly blind Isaac in the hospital like she does in the book. And she doesn't go over to his house and play audio-only video games with him after he loses his sight. As Gus' health declines in the book, his half-sisters, Julie and Martha, who are about 10 years older than him, arrive to help take care of him and to say goodbye.
Since they don't really serve the story in any way, they're cut from the movie. In fact we don't see much of Gus' family in the movie.
When Hazel and Gus go to dinner in Amsterdam, Gus says, "I love you," to Hazel, delivering pieces of his very quotable speech from the book in the process. In the book, this all happened on the plane before they landed in Amsterdam. In the book, Hazel and Gus arrive in Amsterdam in the spring, when the Elm seeds annually drop from the sky in what the Dutch call the "Springsnow.
They're seated inside, surrounded by fake trees strewn with Christmas lights in the movie. In the movie, the Elm seeds never make an appearance. Author John Green uses these digressions to further explain the gulf between how cancer patients are seen, and the lives they live.
The only mention of genre conventions in the movie comes with Gus' "Last Good Day," as Hazel prepares to read Gus the eulogy she wrote for him. In the book, Gus describes hitting 80 free throws in a row on his last day before losing the bottom half of his leg.
It seemed like the stupidest thing I could possibly be doing. But they didn't make it into the movie. In the book, Hazel explains to Gus that she's a vegetarian because she wants to "minimize the number of deaths" she is responsible for.
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This happens the first day they meet, and it's revisited only once, as they sit down to eat at Oranjee in Amsterdam. In the book, Hazel and Gus, being precocious teenagers, share a few inside jokes. One of them is the recurring mantra that, "the world is not a wish-granting factory.
Gus plays a lot more "Counterinsurgence" in the book, making a point of sacrificing his character in heroic ways to save the lives of hostage children. In the book, Hazel leaves his service at the church early and heads to the cemetery for the interment. The movie gets it all done in one place. By JJ Duncan on JJ Duncan.
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