the world is not in your books and maps

you-wish-you-had-this-url asked: "I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?"

fishingboatproceeds:

I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)


if you’ve read The Fault in Our Stars and you’re complaining/upset about how pretentious Augustus Waters is in the TFiOS trailer I have some advice for you friend:

  1. stop
  2. read the book again b/c clearly you missed a big part of the plot

thank

posted 3 days ago with 6 notes

dwarfsized:

current trends I’m tired of seeing on my dash:

  • people misunderstanding Augustus Water’s character and his desperation to be a hero and make something out of the shitty circumstances life gave him
  • people harping on the (intentional) pretentiousness of the “its a metaphor” line as if the author and everyone involved genuinely thought it was cool and not a douchy thing to say re: Augustus is trying really hard to seem more important and mature than he is because he wants his life to mean something
  • people shitting on John Green because the patriarchal system we live in has rewarded him in a way it hasn’t rewarded a lot of well-known female authors like it is his personal fault that other people are praising him
  • people intentionally ignoring well-known and respected female writers in YA lit just to shit on John Green because ‘women dont get that sort of notoriety’ like do none of you remember J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Suzanne Collins, Lois Lowry?? Like I get that only one woman’s book is currently on the NYTime’s Best Sellers list and I think that does have something to do with female YA writers not getting a ton of attention even though they are the majority but really? Lets not ignore the women who have penned some of the best books on the market just because you want to take a dump on John Green. How does that solve anything.
  • people who apparently don’t think about the fact that having a big online presence accounts for some of John Green’s notoriety and book sales as compared to female writers (and other male writers) who have a much smaller though often more dedicated online presence???

also:

  • People spoiling GoT like seriously what the hell that episode JUST came out and I saw untagged spoilers for it about twenty minutes after it aired
posted 3 days ago via dwarfsized with 2 notes

"And he was pretentious: Sweet Jesus Christ, that kid never took a piss without pondering the abundant metaphorical resonances of human waste production."

Isaac (The Fault in Our Stars)

Friendly reminder that Gus is so fucking pretentious that EVERYONE knew. You guys aren’t funny by shitting on TFIOS because of it. The lines you are “complaining” about, or whatever it is you are doing, come FROM THE FUCKING BOOK. You guys are just as pretentious as him and maybe you should read the book and give two fucks about what the characters say and don’t be an asshole.

This has been a PSA

(via thelordeoftherings)


therealdeepsix:

elenei:

someone write me this fic

everything about this is confounding from start to finish but I’m reblogging it anyway

posted 3 days ago via dinolaur · © elenei with 5,023 notes

current trends I’m tired of seeing on my dash:

  • people misunderstanding Augustus Water’s character and his desperation to be a hero and make something out of the shitty circumstances life gave him
  • people harping on the (intentional) pretentiousness of the “its a metaphor” line as if the author and everyone involved genuinely thought it was cool and not a douchy thing to say re: Augustus is trying really hard to seem more important and mature than he is because he wants his life to mean something
  • people shitting on John Green because the patriarchal system we live in has rewarded him in a way it hasn’t rewarded a lot of well-known female authors like it is his personal fault that other people are praising him
  • people intentionally ignoring well-known and respected female writers in YA lit just to shit on John Green because ‘women dont get that sort of notoriety’ like do none of you remember J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Suzanne Collins, Lois Lowry?? Like I get that only one woman’s book is currently on the NYTime’s Best Sellers list and I think that does have something to do with female YA writers not getting a ton of attention even though they are the majority but really? Lets not ignore the women who have penned some of the best books on the market just because you want to take a dump on John Green. How does that solve anything.
  • people who apparently don’t think about the fact that having a big online presence accounts for some of John Green’s notoriety and book sales as compared to female writers (and other male writers) who have a much smaller though often more dedicated online presence???

also:

  • People spoiling GoT like seriously what the hell that episode JUST came out and I saw untagged spoilers for it about twenty minutes after it aired
posted 3 days ago with 2 notes

captainshellhead:

Groot making it weird


turkey-imported-from-maine:

firelorcl:

meladoodle:

i wanna be a reverse tooth fairy where i rob people and then scatter human teeth on their bed

a dentist

i dont know what your dentist is doing to you but i think you need to go to the police


amywiliams:

Jenna Coleman on set - Doctor Who series 8 - April 15th, 2014

amywiliams:

Jenna Coleman on set - Doctor Who series 8 - April 15th, 2014


giraffepoliceforce:

I really want a science fiction story where aliens come to invade earth and effortlessly wipe out humanity, only to be fought off by the wildlife.

They were expecting military resistance. They weren’t counting on bears.