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by Fatima Abou-Eid (subscribe)
Just your average teen, living in Melbourne, whose main joy in life is writing about anything and everything.
Published June 15th 2014
Fact: It Will Make You Cry
It has been making girls everywhere cry for about a week now and I figure it was high time I wrote up a list of things you will need with you to survive watching this film.

For those not in the know, The Fault in Our Stars is a film based on the bestselling novel, of the same name by John Green (which has been making girls cry since 2012). It centres around a 17 year old girl who was diagnosed with cancer when she was younger and now has lungs that don't really do their job properly. But it isn't about cancer or dying. Really, it's kind of the opposite. She meets a boy, Augustus Waters, who had a touch of cancer a couple of years ago but is totes clear now, and they set out to enjoy every second they have left on this Earth. It doesn't sound too depressing, and I suppose, when the tears stop falling and the dark clouds in your brain part and you begin to actually think about it, the story is happier than it first seems.

However, one must first survive the tears and dark clouds, and so, without further ado, here is my list of things you will need to survive The Fault in Our Stars.

tissues (LOTS of them)
chocolate (in various forms)
a friend (for comfort)
popcorn (to muffle the sounds of your crying)
a picture of John Green (to scrunch up for making you feel this way)
sad music (to listen to on the way home, the soundtrack if you can get it)
money (to come back and watch it again)

BUT make sure the friend you are with isn't as susceptible to sadness as you, otherwise you will both end up in a puddle of tears.

There you have it. A list that will help you get through it. Why, after all that crying, you may ask, would I go and watch it again?! Well, the answer is simple. It is a great film. It's very funny and witty. The script is brilliant. But apart from all that, it actually has a great message there, behind all the tears and sadness. And the great thing is, there isn't just one. There's a whole bunch of things viewers can take away from this film. I know I did. And yes, it is quite teen/chick flick, but I really do think anybody who watches it will get something from it. Also it is SO true to the book, it's almost scary.

Oh that reminds me. If you can, read the book first. The film is brilliantly adapted but I think it's important to create the world and characters in your head before you see them on screen. Only if you like reading. If not, the film brings the book to life, superbly.

Now, go watch it. Okay? Okay.
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