My friends and I were fortunate enough to grab tickets to see The Night Before Our Stars event that seemed to be happening all over Canada and the US.
If you’re a book person and you haven’t heard of John Green’s hit YA novel The Fault in Our Stars, I question where you’ve been for the past two years, as the novel has been at the top of the bestseller list on numerous occasion and holding its title for weeks at a time. Well, this bestselling novel about two star-crossed cancer patients was made into a movie, and Nerdfighters (John Green fans who aspire to decrease world suck) everywhere were freaking out. The Fault in Our Stars invites tears – you have to know that from the synopsis. So much so that John Green and his brother, Hank, put together and sold over 4,000 “TFIOS Preparedness Kits”, including the necessities like sunglasses to hide your tears, and a package of tissues for when the plan of hiding behind your stylish TFIOS sunglasses has proven futile. I was one of the excited 4,000, and I can say from experience that a little pack of tissues was not enough.
Because the release of The Fault in Our Stars was such a big deal among nerdfighters, they created an event for the midnight release (which was actually an 8:30-the-night-before-release) called The Night Before Our Stars. This amazing event opportunity allowed fans of the book to come together and cry over the story together, but it also came with a signed poster and TFIOS bracelet for each fan, as well as a live streamed Q&A with the cast, and creators of the film, as well as author, John Green.
So needless to say, I was really excited to be going to this event. I’ve been a fan of John Green ever since I read and fell in love with Paper Towns. The event in general is just really inspiring for me to see happen, as a writer myself who would love to be able to influence this many people.
My friends and I were the first people in line. Crazy. Five and a half hours in line is nothing for us – I’ve waited in longer lines for shorter events. And this one was worth the wait.
The film itself was extremely faithful to the book. I think every line of dialogue was taken straight from the novel. The actors captured their characters’ essence with charm and realism, and there was not a dry eye in the theatre when the lights went up. If you’re a fan of the novel, I think it’s almost necessary that you go and watch the film just to experience the story in a way that will hit it home and really tug at your heartstrings. I don’t ever cry at anything that isn’t my immediate real life, and I was sobbing. Sobbing.
That being said, I wasn’t impressed with the audience. My friends and I were the oldest people in the theatre besides parents accompanying their teen daughters. I’m 22, for the record. So there were a lot of high schoolers there. And I’m not hating on the teens. A lot of them were really cool and shut up and watched the movie. But there were also a large number of them who couldn’t control themselves and squealed every single time Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters) came on the screen. It ended up ruining a lot of the emotional moments in the film for me. These same Ansel fans left the theatre during the Q&A when his part was over, which I thought was rude (even if it wasn’t a live show – you paid $20 to be here, why not stay until the end). So if you’re maybe one of the more “mature” fans of the book and not just a fan of the actors, you should probably wait a week or so before venturing into the theatres so you can have yourself a good experience. Because mine was slightly spoiled by these girls’ inability to control their hormones.
But hey, I’m no party pooper. My friends and I had a wonderfully silly time and met a handful of nice nerdfighters which made those moments quite awesome!
Like recreating the movie poster.
All in all, it was a great night and I would do it again in a heartbeat. As both a reader and a writer, I feel really moved to see so many people of all ages come together over one story. A story that has made them feel some sort of emotional attachment and want to connect to other people who felt the same way. The fact that books have the power to do this to a person, and make them want to re-live the same painful story, means a ton to me and what I believe is my “purpose” in life, so to speak. And if you feel this way, too, you’ll love getting the chance to see The Fault in Our Stars – whether it be on the silver screen, or if you’re waiting for the DVD. It is so faithful to the book and it makes you feel like the John Green fan community, or even just the book community, is able to stand its ground. We, as people, are moving mountains with our words. And I love that with all my heart.
I’m sorry. This movie just made me have so many feelings.