The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault In Our Stars is a fabulous book about a young teenage girl who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and attends a cancer support group. Hazel is 16 and is reluctant to go to the support group, but she soon realises that it was a good idea. Hazel meets a young boy named Augustus Waters. He is charming and witty. Augustus has had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but has recently had the all clear. Hazel and Augustus embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions, including love, sadness and romance, while searching for the author of their favourite book.
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This article is from the archive of our partner. It was a joke, but the crowd went wild. The audience's excitement at just the mention of a sequel was amusing given the movie they had just watched, based on a book they presumably adore. Hazel and Gus are preoccupied with knowing what happens to the rest of the characters in the aftermath of the book, even traveling to Amsterdam to meet with the author. Though the story is about, yes, disease, love, and death, it's also about what it means to be infatuated with a work of literature, a feeling with which the members of the audience at the screening were clearly familiar. So, when The Wire sat down with Green—a YA superstar who has amassed a fervent following through his novels and his online antics with his brother, Hank—thoughts of fandom and Green's own cultural loves were in the air. One of the things that struck me when watching the movie was how there's an element of the story that is about being a fan of something.