Friday, January 4, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars

"The marks humans leave are too often scars."  The plot of John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars, centers around how two teenagers with terminal cancer navigate through love and loss.  In Green's Young Adult book, Hazel, a sixteen year old with tumors in her lungs, falls in love with a cancer survivor and amputee named Augustus Waters.  However, before you dive in, fair warning here, this is not a feel good story with a happy ending.  While Green does assure his reader that even when we are broken and dying love is possible, there is "fault in our stars" (taken from Shakespeare).  Or more simply and less eloquently put, even the loveliest stories and kindest individuals often fail to find a happy ending.  But rather than mourning, Green asks his audience to remember that "some infinities are bigger than other infinities." Or, in other words, even if we fail to get the amount of time we hoped when we weep for the loss (and we will weep), we should remember that forever only exists in the time (however short) we are given.  Its not fair.  Its not right.  But that's our world.  There is a fault in our stars.  If you want to know the truth that fact scares the hell out of me.  But what can you do?  Just hope and pray for the best I suppose.  Because like Hazel, whether I mean to or not, I fall "in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."

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