I don’t know what to do! The Fault In Our Stars is in theaters this weekend, everyone is going to be talking about it and I want to see it! But I haven’t read the book yet. And I really want to! I’ve heard celebs and co-workers and friends RAVE about the book, and yet no one has leant a sister a copy yet.
So what do I do this weekend? Unfortunately staying home from work all day Thursday to read the book before hitting a midnight screening might be frowned upon, so that’s not really an option right now. But I’m sure I’m not alone in this dilemma so lets work through the pros and cons of seeing the TFIOS movie this weekend before reading the book.
Pro: Everyone who has seen the movie just says it’s brilliant and lovely and emotional, so why not indulge in a great film this weekend?
Con: But would it be even MORE brilliant and lovely and emotional if I got to read the book first and really dive deep into who those characters are?
Pro: If I see it this weekend, I can chime in on all the conversations about it that are sure to happen on Twitter, at water coolers and probably even amongst strangers on the street because it’s creating that much buzz.
Con: I still won’t be able to compare it to the book.
Pro: If I go ahead and see the movie, I lessen the chance of anything getting spoiled for me.
Con: Even though I’m hearing the movie stays incredibly true to the book, any different parts in the book could get spoiled for me by eager fans in line before the movie or even discussing the differences as we exit the theater!
Pro: As almost any lady can attest to, my Ansel Elgort crush is in full bloom, why not water it a little bit this weekend?
Con: Is there a con to having an Ansel Elgort crush? Only that we need him in even more movies.
Pro: If I see it this weekend, I will be sobbing along with an entire room full of people.
Con: If I wait to read the book first and then see it, I might be sobbing alone in a huge room all by myself. A community sob is always better than a solo one, right?
Pro: If I just go ahead and see the movie this week, then I can go back and take my time reading the book, not rushing through it.
Con: Will I be comparing the book to the movie the whole time I’m reading it, and not the other way around? It’s not like I’m going to come up with my own vision for who the characters are though, at this point I’m guaranteed to be picturing Ansel, Shailene & co..
Pro: I don’t feel about this movie the way I did for Twilight. I never had any interest in reading the Twilight books because it was just such a lofty thing to take on. So many books, so many characters, just a lot going on. With this story, I think I would actually really enjoy the book.
Con: There’s only one book and I know I’m going to be wanting more. There will always be the DVD to re-watch!
So I want to hear from the millions of TFIOS fans, if you’ve seen the movie already or not. Should I wait to devour the book first or just jump in and hit theaters this weekend with my boxes of tissues in hand?
Have you read the book? Are you reading it before you see the movie or just going right to the movie theaters this weekend? Tell us all your TFIOS plans in the comments below or on Twitter @OKMagazine.