TFIOS – book vs the movie (a sharp contrast)
20/May TFIOS – book v/s the movie (a sharp contrast)

About a month ago, I promised my boss that I’d be doing an exclusive review of tfios. Well, here I am and yes unlike most of the people who do reviews without really reading/watching the item of critique or review, I’ve actually read the book and seen the movie afterwards jut so that I give my readers an honest piece of writing. So let’s begin the review.
What is tfios?
Okay! So a lot of you must’ve lately come across the term tfios over various social networking mediums. Some of you must have thought it’s just another slang like TTYL (talk to you later), or LMFO (laugh my face off). Perhaps this is a new form of text slang that people use because that’s how the youth practices language these days and that’s how they prefer communication. Well, surprise. Tfios is short for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (a modern fiction novel about cancer patients, which has gained massive popularity among the youngsters). I won’t be going into the introduction of the author or the genre because I’m bound by a word and my job is to present to you an honest and unique comparison of the original book itself and its movie adaptation.
The Book v/s the Movie
• The characters of Hazel and Augustus were exactly how I pictured them to be in person. Their physical appearances matched 100% the descriptions the book.
• Hazel’s oxygen tank and Gus’s robot leg were there too.
• The heart of Jesus where the support group meetings used to take place was exactly how they described it in the book.
• Hazel’s mom who played an important role in the book was just how they described her to be in the movie as well.
• Peter Van Houten was just as mean and insensitive as he was in the book and while watching the movie I could feel all the hatred building up.
• Gus’s pre-funeral and Hazel’s eulogy.
• Monica and Isaac were nowhere to be seen in latter parts of the movie, which created this void for the readers who expected more performance, by these crucial supporting characters.
• The movie began too quickly, one minute you see Hazel all dressed up for support group, the next moment she is in car with Gus.
My personal opinion
In my personal opinion the movie and book, combined as each other’s reflections both do injustice to one another. The movie on its own can be considered a good chick flick and the book on its own could be a good romance fiction. But since I had read the book (which I’m not so fond of myself) and then I watched the movie, I expected a lot more. I found the movie disconnected, the initial 45 minutes were too fast paced, and the remaining movie was too slow. However, I would still recommend you guys to watch and read it for yourself and share your experience with me.

Dania Khan
Running a household with 2 kids and an office with 20 more ;) Avid reader, passionate writer, traveler, parent and not a very good friend.

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