I was supposed to have a few reviews up today but they were difficult to write so I decided to write about this due to recent discussions I’ve been seeing (and been a part of) on social media. Here are the facts:
- There’s a young adult book called The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green
- It’s a book about Hazel who has a terminal illness and meets Augustus Waters described in the synopsis as “a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters”
- A lot of people LOVE this book
- I’ve read this book
- This book is being turned into a movie with Shailene Woodley as Hazel and set to release June 6, 2014
- A poster has been released today
- Here is the poster…
People have taken issue with the tagline “One Sick Love Story” saying that it’s insensitive and making light of those who live with/battle illnesses like cancer. The author, John Green, discussed the concerns on his Tumblr stating that he has nothing to do with the movie’s marketing but did say that he liked it because he “found it dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor”.
My Opinion: One of the things I’ve learned through social media is that most often we take offense to things that have nothing to do with us. We’re usually offended on behalf of others. So when I saw the poster for the first time, two things came to mind: 1) Huh. Not exactly an original concept and 2) That tagline is something Hazel and Augustus would say. From what I’ve seen in films and books, people who have a terminal illness (or an illnesses that isn’t necessarily terminal) tend to have a dark humor regarding their situation. That was the case in this book. That doesn’t mean they don’t have their lows but there seems to be this link to humour amidst the most dire of situations.
Is this offensive? I can’t say. Until the people that the poster is supposedly offending speak out against it, I’ll keep my mouth closed.
A. A. Omer