As many a Nerdfighter knows, some infinities are bigger than other infinities. The 170 minutes of run-time in The Fault in Our Stars was its own little infinity, filled with an infinite amount of feels. There were the happy feels, with an infinite amount of variables such as happy feels of awkwardness when Augustus Waters creepily stares at Hazel Grace in their meeting together in the Literal Heart of Jesus. There are happy feels of victory when Isaac gets his revenge through the media of eggs. There are happy feels of love when Hazel and Gus finally kiss in the attic of the Anne Frank House. The same infinities exist amongst anger, fear, and sadness.
Stressful and nerve-wracking as many book-turned-movies are for their readers, TFIOS was a beautifully accurate representation of the paper version of this story. Quoting word for word, the audience forgets that this isn't actually their imagination. From Gus's room, to Amsterdam and back, John Green's literary descriptions form right before your eyes. You forget you're in a theater. You forget the inevitable end you've prepared yourself for and you feel the story as you did the first time because it looks exactly the same. You might even forget that John Green was supposed to have a cameo in this whole affair.
You remember the next words in the quote when “pain demands,” and when, “some infinities are,” and when, “it would be a privilege.” You remember what it means when Hazel gets her first text and what will be on the other line when the phone rings. You know the story, and you know when it ends, it's not really over.
As many variably infinite emotions that a viewer experiences during this movie, The Fault in Our Stars is a good choice. Although Van Houten may leave his readers feeling a little empty, TFIOS will leave you feeling
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