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The Fault in Our Stars
Transcript of The Fault in Our Stars
: Stage 4 Thyroid Cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs.
Oxygen tank's name:
reading,a lot.Watching TV with her parents. Sarcasm. Soon, Augustus Waters.
: Taken out of school for 3 years and got her GED. Began taking classes at community college.
Video games, Not basketball. Hazel Grace.
In high school, but a year behind because of illness.
: Eye cancer. His vision in one eye was lost in surgery; the other eye later removed.
: Monica. Then, the absence of Monica.
Peter Van Houten
of An Imperial Affliction
, Hazel's favorite book.
-Selfish, rude, continually drunk, generally disappointing
-Character is further complicated by a troubled past-- his book is based on his own experiences.
The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Support Group, falling into a complicated love story.
We follow a story of flirtation, love, loss, and life with cancer.
Living with the fear of losing their daughter. Constant worry. Mother is afraid to have a life outside of taking care of Hazel.
Allow Gus to live the life he wants. Try to draw the line, but do not force him to do anything he doesn't want to (going to Amsterdam)
Does it encourage positive coping strategies?
Compared to other books on the topic
Rather than depicting people dying of cancer, we see people
cancer. Like in "Ways to Live Forever," the characters try to make the most of their time.
Questions after the book?
-What happened to Hazel?
-What happened to her parents?
-What happened to Isaac?
-Did Hazel stay in touch with Mr. and Mrs. Waters?
-Did Peter Van Houten ever consider giving up substances?
- Build positive social bonds and support structures
- Encourage speaking up and self-expressing
- Positive attitudes on accepting cancer and fight it
- Normalize death
- Forming appropriate ally relationships
- Emotional support
- Humor, laughter, optimism
-understanding and realism
- Family structure
-connection to siblings/parents
-lack of siblings
-Socioeconomic Status and access to resources
-Other social supports
"Do you get a
out of killing your characters?"
"I have never killed anyone, fictional or otherwise."
"People die. That’s true in novels, and it’s true in life. Dying is one of the very few things we all do. To deny or ignore the omnipresent reality of death seems to me a disservice to human beings"
-understanding of cancer
-adapt to social stigma
-good social skills
-ability to make new relationships
-"Living their best lives today"
In Theaters June 6th
"I remember reading TFIOS and thinking, 'If Hollywood makes this book into a movie, and the actress who plays Hazel isn't wear breathing tubes the whole time, I will BURN LOS ANGELES TO THE GROUND.' So, I'm happy to cross lighter fluid off of my shopping list."
Multicultural and gender issues
By making a movie, producers are challenged to do the book justice. It takes the pages and creates a visualization for you. It adds another dimension to the reading experience,and further complicates the way audiences interpret messages in the book.
What was the inspiration for the book?
"This rant about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and its weird, paternalistic, imperialist insistence that humans cannot be fully human when they are sick or deprived of necessities, when in fact the truth is that humanness is always transformed by whatever we are in want of, and we are always in want of something."
Is TFIOS a helpful resource?
- Substance Dependency
- Potential depression
Reaction to Trailer
I ended The Fault in Our Stars where I wanted to end it.
I have never said anything about what might happen before
or after what’s depicted in the book. I finished writing it,
for better or for worse,
and it now belongs to you