The highly anticipated trailer for the The Fault in Our Stars was released today leaving me with a cocktail of emotions predominantly emerging as fear and excitement. From the trailer there is an overwhelming feeling that John Green’s novel has been portrayed on the big screen exactly as it does on paper. Watching the trailer the characters appear in front of me almost exactly as they appeared in my mind, quoting exact phrases from the book and exerting the body language that was entwined in each sentence of each page. This brings me onto the two ruling emotions that gripped me while watching the trailer, fear; what if the movie director has embellished the storyline and not stayed true to the original plot despite the trailer showing such promise and is it appropriate to sob in the cinema like I did at 3am when I was finishing the last few chapters of the book in bed? I am terrified that amongst the teenagers that will be crowding the cinema on the opening night I will be sitting with my box of Kleenex wailing in the back row with some poor soul stuck beside me wondering what they did in a past life to get put next to me for two hours. So I probably will have to wait at least a week just to be sure that last worry doesn’t happen. Of course the excitement is obvious; they just made a movie of The Fault in Our Stars! For all the obsessive readers that have waited a year I have no idea how you coped because I only read this book a few weeks ago and I have needed to see this trailer.
Despite the mixture of feelings, I don’t really have much to say about the actor and actress playing Gus and Hazel, and I don’t think it would be fair to make a judgement based on a minute trailer. Are they what you envisioned when the plot unfolded? Did you expect more or from what you’ve seen are they perfect? I think for me it’s only when I watch the movie and the characters unfold and the emotions and chemistry capture me that you’ll know if they are believable and suited. All I know is I can’t wait to see the actor playing Peter Van Houten and how he portrays that attitude.
I have to see it but maybe just not until the hype goes down and I can cry in the corner without scaring any other viewers. Plus without rubbing salt in the wound, any UK enthusiasts like me still have a few months to wait until the movie release but at least until then we can pine over the trailer.