This really hurts my heart.
So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book.
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness.
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him.
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it.
whosedwinsmithanyway asked: Hi! This is a weird start but you have to audition for Eleanor&Park. I mean you ARE Eleanor.When I saw your photos, I swooned because I didn't find anyone who looks like Eleanor before and I was so happy when I saw your cosplayer pics.
First of all, WOW, and THANKS.
It’s really amazing how everyone thinks I look like Eleanor; so many people relate to her emotionally and physically. I’d be proud to play her in a film and have everyone recognise ME as Eleanor, IF I could.
Second, if I were to play Eleanor in the film, it wouldn’t be an accurate representation. I have no acting experience, and no time to learn if I have the talent to play such a complex character. I wouldn’t know the first thing to do.
Also, although many people relate to her physically, I think it might be even more important to have an actress who can interpret Eleanor EMOTIONALLY. In the book Eleanor is being emotionally harassed by her stepfather, and the kids at school. She is being beaten down by prejudices, and by the broken ideals that hurt so many people. This is one of the reasons why people empathise with her so much. Not just because she’s a ginger, or because she’s heavy, but because she FEELS what it’s like to be those things. Eleanor in herself is more than just a face or a body, she’s a PERSON, with human feelings. She has Park, and her siblings, and a few friends at school, but through it all she still feels terrible.
THAT’S the main reason I love Eleanor. Not because she LOOKS like ME, but because I FEEL like HER.
And because she had the courage to ESCAPE from that toxic situation.
So you can see why I would be reluctant to play her part in a film. Though I would LOOK like Eleanor, I wouldn’t ACT like Eleanor. It wouldn’t be an accurate character representation. I wouldn’t bring that spark that makes Eleanor who she is. Personally, I wouldn’t mind as much if Eleanor didn’t look exactly like she did in my head, IF the actress who played her had the talent to transform into her.
I hope she does, because otherwise thousands of people will be disappointed.
Melissa, this is beautiful. You are beautiful. You have made me cry.
i showed this to my sister and she slapped me
My dad when he sees im reading Looking for Alaska
dad: i dont want to spoil anything but its just a little left of canada
my headcanon is that Hufflepuffs are like super duper badass
like the reason you never see an angry hufflepuff is because no one who has seen an angry hufflepuff is still breathing
demons run when a good man goes to war
ransom and i got married several months ago in an intimate ceremony, but recently had a larger reception for more family and friends, and it was a blast! as we’re both writers, it seemed fitting to have the event at one of our favorite bookstores: the last bookstore in downtown LA. we’ve had a lot of requests for photos, so i thought i’d drop a few here. hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
:::for the especially curious:::
my bouquet: was made from the pages of ransom’s novel (miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children).
our photographers: brandon + katrina of brandon wong photography.
venue: the last bookstore in downtown los angeles.
catering: the extremely fabulous heirloomla.
flowers: from floral art!
the band: one of our favorite local indie bands, the gallery.
hugs and books!