Saturday, June 21, 2014
the fault in our stars: my unpopular opinion & why
"Newsflash: Emilee Clemons has become a nerd in more than enough ways & has just pushed herself over the edge. She just announced to the world that she hated The New York Times Bestseller, The Fault In Our Stars."
It's true. It's the book millions are raving about. There IS a reason they're raving about it: John Green is a wonderful writer. As if you didn't already know this, he doesn't need me to tell him that. He has been very successful and TFIOS just became a movie (in theaters now). I love the way Augustus treats Hazel, besides not protecting her purity. I love how their friendship began, carefree and honest. There were many parts that I thoroughly loved, but it simply wasn't worth sifting through all the junk.
There are many reasons I highly disliked the book, but on a lighter note:
The Kleenex company really needs to give John Green a discount or something, because he's boosting their business considerably. The man knows how to write clearly about pain in a way that is powerful.
To summarize, Christians are mocked, God's name is used in vain over 30 times, the two teenagers living with cancer don't believe in heaven, there are too many cuss words than I'd like to admit, sexual immorality, etc. etc.
By the way: I don't believe you're a bad Christian if you read this book. However, I am slightly ashamed at myself for not putting the book down at the first light mention of a 'good church girl' waiting for her wedding night. I should have put the book down right away instead of making myself reading it so that I knew what everyone was talking about. Cringe. I do believe that we need a heart check, though, if we aren't grieved when the characters state their unbelief and when God is mocked.
Also, before I wrap up with an article that will be much to your benefit, I believe the book/movie will be destructive for most and simply a good cry & love story for others. Because I know where I stand, watching the movie will not be a stumbling block for me, if I ever choose to go. However, if I was
a normal high school girl, just desparate to fit in - I would grab onto the overall hopelessness and lust throughout thinking that this is now the picture of who I should become, like all media influences can destructfully lead. Also, it's no coincidence that the main reason I finished this book was because it's the cool thing to do. It's one of those things that you're just supposed to love and you go into it with these preconceived notions about how great it is - and because of that, we can be blinded to all of the red flags that we would have noticed if we hadn't been striving to fit in.
Because the rest of my thoughts I have swirling in my mind would truly be just adding to the noise, I would ask you to take the time to click/copy & paste the link below into your browser. It may be the movie review, but it is pretty spot on with the book. It gives a more detailed description of the many avenues that time does not allow for you and I this evening:
I hope your summer has already contained bundles of joy for all of you and I look forward to seeing you soon, treasures, loved & chosen by God.