A few years ago when I heard about the hype surrounding The Fault In Our Stars movie, I was more than skeptical to watch it. I felt it was one of those titles that were overrated and a total waste of my time but, all that changed I laid my hands on the book.
We often hear about that joke people tend to say that goes, ‘If you want to keep an African ignorant, then keep the knowledge in books’. Sadly, its true since the reading culture in some of our communities is very poor.
However, today am not here to talk about reading habits but share my thoughts on a really good book I recently stumbled upon titled, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’.
This book could easily pass for one of my favourites. And I know it’s an old one and that most of you have watched the movie. But if you have only watched the movie, please read the book too because it is well known that the books are always a million times better than the movies .
The Fault In Our Stars was published in 2012 and I will admit that I didn’t read it, for no apparent reason! But I watched the movie and I didn’t like it much because of the noise people made (yes, I’m one of those that never really like the things everyone is making noise about unless of course if it’s a Marvel movie).
So, in this post I’m going to write a review of sorts, not exactly how they are written because I wouldn’t know how to do that, but yes, I want y’all to know about this book and my view of it. I’m going to drop some quotes from the book and then tell you what I think. Turns out writing reviews isn’t as easy as I thought.
The book was written by John Green. I’m sure all my book lovers have read at least one of his books, if not all. His other books include “Paper Towns”, “Let It Snow,” among others. I’ll try to give as much details as I can, but this might get a bit confusing if you haven’t watched the movie or read the book. So, I advise you watch first or read the book! Maybe then you will relate.
So, let’s get into a little recap.
“Hazel Grace Lancaster a sixteen-year-old diagnosed with cancer like any other person at this point she has given up and is waiting to die. Then she meets Augustus Waters, who lost a leg to cancer as well. He becomes her ray of sunshine, but as the universe would have it the cancer wasn’t entirely dealt with so it kills him eventually, living Hazel in despair. But she’s still glad she met him.”
So here goes;
“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you.
Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
And i couldn’t agree more. Honestly not everyone is going to be remembered forever. Even Tupac will not be known by our grand kids . No one can leave a mark on the whole world.
You just leave a mark on the people you love and the people that love you and although that doesn’t seem like it’s enough Hazel and i think it is and God knows we are right. There’s only much a human being can do.
Without Pain, How Could We Know Joy?
This is an old argument in the field of Thinking about suffering, its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries, but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not in any way affect the taste of chocolate.
This particular quote got me. I think it means you could enjoy the things in life without pain but then again pain makes you appreciate the little joys in life. The part where he says “the existence of broccoli doesn’t affect the taste of chocolate’’. I think this brings into perspective that one shouldn’t have to go through pain to appreciate joy because at the end of the day pain is broccoli and it won’t affect the taste of joy which is chocolate and as you can see they are two different 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.”
I have to say, this has to be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read! Gus said this to Hazel because he thinks he doesn’t have to deny himself the pleasures of life such as love and if he’s in love with her, he might as well let her know how he feels.
This was Gus’s attitude towards life which we should all agree with because we live once and so, denying ourselves the simple pleasures of life is a tad pointless if you ask me. So live your best life. See the world, fall in love, get a tattoo if you may. Just live!
Hazel’s character and her way with words left me speechless
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
Once again Hazel’s maturity blew me away! She wrote this as Gus’s pre-eulogy. Saying that the time they had together wasn’t a lot but, it meant a lot and she wishes they had more time though it wasn’t in their favor and that was okay.
As we all know that nothing lasts forever, we should appreciate that it happened rather than be sad about it ending.
The universe isn’t a wish granting factory
This quote was taken from Van Houten’s book, “An Imperial Affliction” which basically means that even if they had cancer, it’s not the worst thing that can happen.
Life gives you hell, the universe doesn’t owe you anything and therefore you should enjoy the life you have because the universe really doesn’t care about individual feelings and life isn’t always fair!
“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”
As you can tell, this is possibly where the title of the book came from. Van Houten argues that Shakespeare would easily say that the fault is in our stars because he was a Roman noble man but he believed that the fault isn’t in our stars but rather in ourselves.
There’s fate and coincidences if you will but what happens after that is entirely up to you as a person.
So, what I learn generally from this book is that life/universe is not fair and not everything is always going to go as planned so make the most of what you have however bad it is because the fault isn’t in our stars but rather in ourselves!
Did you read this book or watch the movie? What were your best lessons, moments or quotes? Let’s discuss in the comments or we can talk about what you think of my review ?
Author: Vanessa Kunihira
Vanessa loves writing about life experiences and bringing different tough opinions to light with her sense of humor. She is a guest writer for Newslibre and also has own blog @ [whatvahnthinks.wordpress.com]