this is the single most pretentious thing ive ever seen in my life im gonna vomit
ah i can already hear the screams of fans yelling “READ THE BOOK” but you’ve got to admit that no matter how you spin this it’s incredibly pretentious and silly.
*pulls out flags, flashing lights, gets a bullhorn, makes a poster, turns on spotlights, hires a gospel choir, and rents a mechanical dinosaur*
And that is the point!
No, seriously, he is supposed to be a pretentious little shit. That is Augustus. Note that he even has a pretentious-sounding name. Hazel knows that he is a pretentious little shit and sees that he is not truly “Augustus” but simply Gus. Simple, common, ordinary. But he still gave her an infinity within her numbered days. And that is why Gus IS a pretentious shit, people SHOULD read the book, BUT, while this scene might not seem that great out of context, it is only a PART of the whole. Also keep in mind that he is 17. 17 year-olds tend to think rather highly of whatever they have to say.
*gallops away riding a centaur*
Everybody’s obsession with perfect male leads in books started with Twilight and it needs to end there. Augustus is a real character with real character flaws and real character development. So is Hazel. Pointing out that he’s pretentious is not at all wrong, but it also isn’t new and it isn’t out of character.
The problem lies in that it’s somehow wrong for Augustus to have a flaw like this one, and not a cop out like those so popular in young adult fiction today. Like, “I care too much about you” or “I make poor decisions when I’m around you” or “I’m too selfless for my own good”. These kinds of compli-flaws aren’t a set up for character development, nor are they strong, well rounded characters. Augustus is an asshole, he thinks he’s better than most people, and he pretentious.
We see him as charming and attractive and funny in the book because we see him from Hazel’s eyes, and that’s what she sees in him. It isn’t even that Hazel doesn’t see those flaws in him, but rather that she also sees the parts we know and love. In a movie, those traits are simply put on the table and we are left to make those decisions for ourselves. And maybe we wouldn’t get along with Augustus Waters.
THIS THIS THIS! Ugh the movie isn’t out and I already have to deal with people not getting it. And then the movies gonna come out and people still aren’t gonna get it or they’re already gonna hate John Green so they’re gonna talk shot and I’m just gonna have to sit there like