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Amanda Rife

Alright, alright, alright!

I’ve been trying my best to stay quiet about this subject but with the movie adaptation being released to theaters there’s no way I can get around addressing [The Fault In Our Stars](movie:602185).

It’s been quite a while since I read the book, but I still remember how much I disliked it. Good grief! It’s another one of those situations in which seemingly everyone on this damn planet loves it except me. I can’t help but ask: are y’all out of your damn minds???

Let me break this down.

The main reason why I disliked The Fault In Our Stars is because of the two main character’s, Hazel and Agusto, personalities. I know that’s not his name but I hate him so much that I’m not going to have to courtesy to address him properly. Hazel wasn’t so bad, from what I recall, but when she hung out with Obnoxious Agusto she went downhill. I understand that life sucks but is it really necessary for those two to be so damn pretentious? Just because someone is on the brink of death does not mean they suddenly have a clear understanding of the entire universe. Good GOD. All of the metaphors and the dumb little “quirky” sayings they had with each other was nauseating. Mostly it’s those damn metaphors.

I don’t give a shit about the shadows of the trees in Amsterdam. It’s just a shadow! Let it go, Augusto! Let. It. Go. The cigarette. No. Just no. Hazel Grace? Technically that is her name but it’s annoying as shit when he calls her that. Just call her Hazel! I have personal beef with Augusto. His has an irritating attitude. He really grinds on my LAST nerve. And if some little idiot told me about some metaphor while I’m trying to enforce airline regulation I would just throw them off the plane. Real people don’t act like that (or at least they shouldn’t).

Can we take a moment to address the fact that Augusto plays Hazel Grace's BROTHER in Divergent?
Can we take a moment to address the fact that Augusto plays Hazel Grace's BROTHER in Divergent?

The ideals behind The Fault In Our Stars are powerful, I admit. I think it’s important that people understand the importance of being loved a lot by a few opposed to being loved a little by sea of people. John Green did a decent job at conveying this message (though I’m not sure how many people picked up on it…they tend to get a little wrapped up in the romantic bits), but the book and the movie seemed tedious to me. Perhaps this book/movie isn’t my cup of tea and that’s okay.

It’s interesting because as I consider my less than popular opinion of The Fault In Our Stars I feel the itching need to defend my thoughts. Just so we are all clear, just because I’m not a fan of this story does not mean I’m hating on cancer kids. Yes, I think the book/movie is overrated and I can’t wait for this to all blow over, but I respect John Green for his courage to cover such a touchy subject. Cancer feels taboo to discuss outside of apologies for the losses. How often do we have a real conversation about cancer? Although I’m not a fan of The Fault In Our Stars I’m glad it addresses cancer with a realistic viewpoint and I hope it’s popularity will at least get people talking more openly about cancer and the impact it has on individuals as well as our society.

After reading/watching The Fault In Our Stars I learned a very valuable lesson. I learned that just because someone has a health issue it doesn’t mean they are any less human. Dying and disabled people have the ability to dream, pursue, and achieve their goals, as well as be JUST as annoying as anyone else in the world.

Augusto, Hazel Grace, I hate you both. Especially you Augusto, you little snot. I’m glad your story shed some light on a dark subject, I just hope people don’t take your over-the-top cocky attitude as an example of how to live their lives. We really don’t need this.

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