John Green's Novel The Fault in Our Stars and Ol Parker's Film Now Is Good

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John Green’s 2009 novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and Ol Parkers 2012 film ‘Now Is Good’ both centre on the theme of life and death. Both of these texts are focussed on coming of age and the journeys of young women suffering from cancer. Sharing various themes including identity and fear of being forgotten, loves triumph over struggle and hardships and existence and consciousness. With the ‘Fault in Our Stars’ written about sixteen year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster and her battle with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer. Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group for children living with cancer. Here she meets Augustus "Gus" Waters, a former basketball player who lost his right leg to osteosarcoma and is in remission. As their relationship deepens Augustus reveals that his cancer has returned and has metastasized to several other parts of his body. Even though he starts an aggressive treatment regimen, he is not expected to survive long. The romance continues through pain, struggle, and incredibly odd circumstances until Augustus passes away. Ol Parkers 2012 film ‘Now Is Good’ is about seventeen year old Tessa (Dakota Fanning), a young girl with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Despite her four-year devotion to chemotherapy, she has discovered that her cancer is terminal and her doctors don't give her very long to live. Tessa and her best friend Zoey (Kaya Scodelario), come up with a list of things for Tessa to do before she dies, including some risky behaviours that she deems necessary to have "lived". Zoey is excited and supportive of the “bucket list” until an unplanned pregnancy occurs. One of Tessa's last wishes is to find love, of which she thinks she has with her neighbour Adam (Jeremy Irvine). Adam is shy, and his main priority... ... middle of paper ... ... series of moments, she has come this far and it is now time for it to come to an end. When Hazel learns of Augustus’ recurrence she talks to her dad about her life and how the universe impacted her when her father states "I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed.” (Ch.14, Page 223) To summarise Ol Parkers ‘Now is Good’ and John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ both centre on the theme of life and death. Both Parker and Green present themes such as including identity and fear of being forgotten, loves triumph over struggle and hardships and existence and consciousness to enhance their stories based on the journeys of two young cancer patients caught in their own failing bodies as they discover themselves.

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