John Green’s beloved The Fault in Our Stars is going from famous novel to major motion picture and people couldn’t be more excited about it. But the film is receiving some backlash after the poster for the movie was released, leaving many talking about the tag line “One sick love story.”
The tag line goes along with the plot of the story, which centers on two teenage cancer patients falling in love while they battle their illness. Starring at the lead Hazel, Shailene Woodley has spoken out about the criticism the tag line has gathered, and as it turns out, she’s not the biggest fan of it either.
“I had a really strong response to it,” she said. “It’s definitely not a tagline that I probably would have chosen by any means. But I think there’s so many people who are so passionate about this book that there’s nothing that will ever satisfy everyone. So I think it was just up to the discretion of the marketing mavens.”
Author John Green also give us opinions on the poster, completely understanding what it stands for. “I like the tag line,” he wrote on his Tumblr. “I found it dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor. I mostly wanted something that said, ‘This is probably not going to be a gauzy, sentimental love story that romanticizes illness and further spreads the lie that the only reason sick people exist is so that healthy people can learn lessons.’ But that’s not a very good tagline. I like the tagline because it says, literally, the sick can also have love stories. Love and joy and romance are not just things reserved for the well.”
What do you think?
Are you for the tagline or understand the backlash?