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Shailene Woodley Would Have Picked A Different Tagline For The Fault In Our Stars

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12/22/2013 7:00 pm
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Shailene Woodley Would Have Picked A Different Tagline For The Fault In Our Stars
Media Courtesy of BuzzFeed
Melissa LoParco

Managing Editor

On Wednesday Nerdfighters around the world were shot into a state of excitement when the first official poster for John Green's The Fault in Our Stars was released. The poster, depicting the two stars Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters - played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort -  lying down face to face looking serene and in love. The poster in general was accepted and loved by fans, but not all of them were happy with the movie's tagline: "One sick love story." One person who has openly admitted to no being too fond of the tagline is the Woodley herself. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Woodley said, "It’s not a tagline that I probably would have chosen by any means. But I think that there’s so many people who are so passionate about this book that there’s nothing that will ever satisfy everyone." "So I think it was just up to the discretion of the marketing mavens. For me, it was — yeah, not something I would have chosen. But it seems like half the people love it and half the people don’t like it," she continued. John Green, the author of the New York Times bestseller, took to his Tumblr page to address his thoughts on the tagline, and why he thought it was appropriate. His post read:
1. I did not write the tag line. To the many of you who love it, I say, “I did not write the tag line.” To the many of you who don’t, I say, “I did not write the tag line.” 2. These things are not my decision. It’s not my movie, or my poster. I don’t know how to make movies or movie posters.  3. That said, I like the tag line. I found it dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor. I mostly wanted something that said, “This is hopefully not going to be a gauzy, sentimental love story that romanticizes illness and further spreads the lie that the only reason sick people exist is so that healthy people can learn lessons.” But that’s not a very good tag line. I like the tag line because it says, literally, the sick can also have love stories. Love and joy and romance are not just things reserved for the well. 3a. That said, I might be wrong. I’m wrong all the time.  4. What matters most to me is that you’re seeing Shailene as Hazel and Ansel as Gus for the first time, and it seems like people are (mostly) pretty happy with what they’re seeing, which is what I was anxious about. 5. Also, a major Hollywood studio released a movie poster in which the female romantic lead has visible evidence of her disability, which is damn near unprecedented, and I’m thrilled they put her face—and her cannula—on the poster. btw, you can get a copy of the poster by donating $25 to the Project for Awesome. 100% of the proceeds go to the charities chosen by the nerdfighter community during the p4a. (And if you hate the tag line, I’m sorry! You can put duct tape over it or something?)
Woodley did agree with all the points that Green made about the tagline, but she still insisted that the tagline was not something she would have choosen. [polldaddy poll=7666828] The Fault in Our Stars is set to hit theatres on June 6, 2014


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