Sunday night, a moviegoer’s phone glowed brightly in the dark Seth Child Cinemas theater as she ripped through the last chapter of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars.”
“It was kind of a race against time,” said Kristy Ladner, junior in marketing, who began and finished “The Fault In Our Stars” within the 24 hours of seeing its film adaptation with her friends.
Ladner said she picked up the book Sunday with no intention of going to see the movie that day – it was supposed to be a light and leisurely read. Then, one of her roommates suggested it would be funny if she finished the book that day and went to go see the movie with their other roommates. Thirty minutes and 75 pages later, Ladner was using her phone as a book light as she speed-read through the last chapter.
According to Ladner, even though she was tearing up by the end of the novel, the story itself was not as sad as others had told her.
Ashleigh Stagg, Ladner’s roommate and spring human resource management graduate, said she thought the film hit on the important storylines of the book.
The passion, wit and friendship in John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” has captivated readers and moviegoers alike as main characters Hazel and Augustus, two teens with cancer, find extraordinary amounts of happiness together within the ticking time-bombs that are their lives.
Ladner admitted it might have been a bad idea to cut her reading so close to the movie.
“The details were fresh in my mind, so I noticed all the differences between the book and the movie,” Ladner said.
It doesn’t appear that the differences are causing too much of an uproar, however, as the film’s opening weekend raked in $48.2 million, according to a New York Times article by Brooks Barnes. So whether you’ve read the book or just need a good cry, “The Fault in Our Stars” might be worth checking out this summer.