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The film everyone is talking about has arrived in UK cinemas and there were two important questions I had about it: Does it stay true to the book? And does it deserve the hype? Yesterday I found out that the answer to both questions is a huge yes.

I read The Fault In Our Stars when it first came out back in 2012 and finished it in three days. It left me a sobbing mess but I loved it. I was excited when I heard it was being made into a film, but also apprehensive as I was sure it would let me - and the book - down.

As a result, I went into the cinema with lowered expectations, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It stays very true to the book and I noticed almost no changes. Some things were missed out, but those that were kept in stayed as they originally were. It does lack that certain spark that the book had, but I guess that's a difficult thing to translate onto the screen.

I wasn't too happy about the casting before I saw the film because everyone has an image in their head of what book characters should look like and they didn't look anything like my Hazel and Augustus. I thought that Shailene Woodley done a really good job playing Hazel though, and I later found out that she had written to John Green several times asking to play Hazel as she loved the book so much. It's so lovely that a true fan of the book got to play the main character, and her love and understanding of the book really shone through in her performance. I still think the casting for Augustus was a little off though, as his personality didn't come through as well on screen as it did in the book.

This is one of the most faithful book adaptations I've ever seen and I'm so happy about that. If the film had been too different, it would have made a lot of people angry so I think the film makers had to stay as true to it as possible; it's such a beloved book for so many people. So if you loved the book, I'm sure you'll love the movie too!

What are your thoughts on The Fault In Our Stars?

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