So a couple of weeks ago I was browsing Chapters, and I saw a contest to win passes to an advance screening of The Fault In Our Stars in my town. I entered, you know, just for the heck of it. And then promptly forgot all about it.
Then on Monday an email lands in my inbox saying I won something. Having forgotten the contest, I thought it was spam. I was about to delete it when I figured, well, might as well open it just to see what they’re trying to con me into thinking I’ve won this time.
Turns out, I actually did win – and I won something awesome! I got to be one of the first to see the movie based on one of my favourite books. That’s right, I went to see The Fault In Our Stars on the big screen!
In case you live under a rock and aren’t familiar with the movie, watch this:
I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, so I won’t say too much about it. I will say that I’m not easy to impress. I am particularly hard on movies based on books, because I tend not to trust my favourite characters in Hollywood hands.
But this movie….it impressed me. Sure, it wasn’t exactly what I imagined as I was reading. And no, Ansel Egort wasn’t what I pictured for Augustus. But you know what? By halfway through this movie the images I had in my head from reading the book had been seamlessly overwritten by the movie – and I didn’t even mind.
Neither, apparently, did anyone else in the theatre. There was clapping, there was laughter… and there were tears. Oh god, were there tears. Never have I been in room with so many people ugly crying simultaneously. Which I think tells you pretty much everything you need to know.
I’d like to thank Chapters and Penguin for the chance to sneak a peek at this film! //<![CDATA[ var sc_project=10144299; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security="82f610c9"; var scJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://www."); document.write("”); //]]>