With the release of YA adaptations like Vampire Academy (February 7) and Divergent (March 21) in the near future, we thought it best to chalk up a guideline on surviving the movies. We barely survived the feels during Catching Fire and we still get goose bumps when we listen to “Let It Go” from Frozen. It’s not just YA adaptations that give us the chills, as you can see that even trailers for the upcoming Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past have excited us!
It goes without saying that as book nerds we need to support our authors when their films hit theatres by being there on the first weekend to watch the adaptations. Granted that most authors don’t have a say in the adaptation, but it is still their work that is coming to life and you need to show them that you have their back. More than often, there is a chance you will end up liking the film.
But how does one handle the feels – you ask? Fear not girls (and boys) … here we present a fangirl’s (and a fanboy’s) guide to watching the adaptation. Read it, enjoy it and go watch the film adaptations on opening day!
1. Know your source material
If you are a certified fangirl, you have got to know the source material. Whether that means you have to go pick up and read the next book being adapted into film or catch up with film franchises before the sequels hit the cinema. And if you are already acquainted with the source material, brush up your memory so you are ON IT! Do it quickly … because the films will be here before you know it – and you can’t fangirl if you don’t know what is going on!
2. Find your partner(s)-in-fangirling
There is no fun in going to see a film filled with the feels all alone … you need someone to fangirl with you … so get your friends hyped up and ready, choose a date (the first day of course), pick the flavour of popcorn and get in line to fangirl together! And let’s face it … when Lissa and Christian first meet and Rose and Dimitri start their training sessions in Vampire Academy or when Tris jumps and meets Four for the first time (as do we) … you will need to hold hands with your BFF to stop your heart jumping out of your body from excitement!
And if your friends are not fangirls/fanboys like you, just drag them to the film anyway. Invoke the BFF code of conduct and promise to watch whichever film they are excited for when it hits theatres (as long as they come and watch your film first).
3. Watch the trailers
Get ready for the film by watching the trailers, interviews, TV spots. After all, there is nothing better than the visual medium to get you excited for the big screen version.
WE ARE ALREADY FANGIRLING !!!!
4. Pack in the tissue boxes
You can’t go off to the cinema without a handful of tissues to come to your rescue … and this will especially be true when you will be watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars this June! We are tearing up already, you guys!
5. Dress up for the ultimate experience
Are you a Moroi or a Dhampir? A Dauntless initiate or an Erudite? Well … wear your loyalty on your sleeve and dress up as your favourite character or just don the jewelery and the logo on yourself by wearing merchandise. You can find official Vampire Academy book series merchandise on Arcane Vault and The Hunger Games merchandise are available widely in stores. Check out the looks of the Rose and Tris that you can wear to the film (more at Teen.com). A word of advice – don’t carry any kind of weapons – real or fake – shown in these photos when you dress up as these characters, be it for the theatre viewing or elsewhere. Unless it is Halloween or a Dress Up Party, in which case, use FAKE weapons.
6. Keep your fix handy
You can’t get into the cinema hall without your fix of food – be it popcorn, chocolate, candy, milk duds, ice cream or soda – pick your poison, but pick it, because some of us fangirls need to eat our feelings. Though don’t drink too much soda, after all, you wouldn’t want to miss any scenes because of an untimely bathroom break!
7. Keep calm and enjoy the film
Remember that the book and the films are two different mediums and things need to be portrayed a little differently to work on screen. So don’t let the changes and/or differences take away from your big screen experience of having your favourite books and characters come to life. Remember, even the widely successful and critically acclaimed Catching Fire adaptation had some changes and they’ve added a new character, Antonius, for the Mockingjay films. Sometimes, changes are necessary, but it doesn’t mean that they ruin the movie or the experience for you.
8. Allocate your time to fangirl after the movie
So now that you’ve watched the film and seen the book come to life and fangirled quietly in the dark of the movie theatre – you need a place to properly fangirl! So continue the hangout or catch up with your friends the next day (if you went to a late night showing) to discuss the film. Perhaps you would even like to blog your feelings and share them with the world – we all agree that blogging is amazing – so get going!
9. Be considerate
Chances are, the film hasn’t released in other parts of the world, but here on the Internet everything can go viral within hours and spoilers can leak and ruin the movie experience for other fans for no fault of their own. Be considerate on Facebook and Twitter which don’t have a spoiler coding and mark all your posts with a spoiler tag.
10. Go watch the film again
Again, we can’t stress how important it is to go and support these film adaptations, and while we’re at it, all YA adaptations so that more empowering stories for young adults can be made and reach a wider audience. Just check out these authors supporting Vampire Academy which opens in the US on February 7. Ally Carter, author of Gallagher girls and many other works, encourages fans to watch YA film adaptations because it’s the best way to ensure other works are adapted. Veronica Roth, author of Divergent (the sequels for which are already greenlit) also tweeted that she would be watching the film opening weekend.
Don't forget: the #VampireAcademy movie opens Feb 7th! If you want to see YA movies made (especially about girls) you gotta SEE YA movies!—
Ally Carter (@OfficiallyAlly) January 29, 2014
Vampire Academy this weekend! There will be milk duds. Oh yes.—
Veronica Roth (@VeronicaRoth) February 05, 2014
The opening numbers are important guys, so do it for the sequels and to support the YA genre. Watch it opening night and opening weekend and opening week, if possible. After all, fangirling once isn’t enough … are we right? But most important of all – enjoy yourself and enjoy the experience.
PS – This article isn’t just for Vampire Academy and Divergent fans. We’ve used their examples as those films are closest, but for all fans across all genres and books. If you are a fangirl (or fanboy) – this post will relate to you!
ERMAGAD! The trailer for The Fault in our Stars, after being leaked earlier this week, is finally here in all its HD glory, though still a little earlier than previously anticipated. Watch it below and keep a tissue box handy. Also, spoilers ahead [seriously, read the book].
After a long wait, as the fans grew increasingly impatient and John Green became quite vocal about his situation …
John Green (@realjohngreen) January 29, 2014
Okay now REALLY SOON. (Like, 10 minutes.) #tfios—
John Green (@realjohngreen) January 29, 2014
John Green (@realjohngreen) January 29, 2014
… the trailer finally made it’s debut and became a worldwide trending topic!
Some screencaps from the trailer, which was a full 2 minutes and 30 seconds heart warming and heart breaking at the same time!
So many of these scenes are just like what we imagined. The best part is that we can really recognise these scenes from the book and as book fans, what more do we want? John Green’s book was full of awesome quotes and the trailer was no different.
Hazel’s Mom: “Hey, make some friends.”
Hazel [after bumping into Augustus]: “Sorry.”
Augustus/Gus [cheekily smiling]: “My bad.”
Hazel: [smiles like a fangirl].
Gus: “My fears? Oblivion.”
Gus: “What’s your name?”
Gus: “What’s your full name?”
Hazel: “Hazel Grace Lancaster. Why are you staring at me?”
Gus: “Cos you’re beautiful.”
Hazel: [blushes like a fangirl].
Gus: “I hope you realise, that you trying to keep your distance from me, in no way lessens my affection for you.”
Hazel: “Gus I’m a grenade …
“… One day I’m going to blow up … and I’m going to obliterate everything in my wake … “
” … And i don’t want to hurt you.”
Gus: “I reject that.”
Gus: “You don’t get to choose who you hurt in this world but you do have a say in who hurts you.”
Gus: “I’m in love with you Hazel Grace, and I know that love is just a shout into the void
and that oblivion is inevitable … and I’m in love with you.”
[It’s impossible not to get teary after that]
Hazel: “We are a hot mess.”
Isaac: “Are you angry?”
Hazel: “So angry.”
[You guys … their dresses, it looks like THAT scene].
Gus: “You need to break something.”
[Also … Nat Wolf is killing it as Isaac]
Hazel: “He gave me a forever within the numbered days
and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity.”
If we are crying … you should be crying too.
NO I AM NOT OKAY!
Here is the song used in the trailer, OneRepublic’s “What You Wanted”. Listen to it while I gather my thoughts and feels.
We love the look of the film and especially LOVE that they’ve kept so many lines from the book. Shailene Woodley nails Hazel’s inner turmoil and attitude but the only thing I’m still wondering about her performance is if she made Hazel into an extrovert. At least in my head, Hazel was an introvert and a little shy and introverts don’t sit like this –
Ansel Elgort certainly captures the charm and cuteness that is Augustus Waters and does pull off the teenage look in most scenes. But in some scenes, the two leads do look a little older than your average teenagers. Don’t mind me, guys … I’m pretty sure I will love the film and their performances. However, someone who has stolen the show is Nat Wolf as Isaac especially in the egg throwing scene. Laura Dern and Sam Trammell as Hazel’s parents, play the part of her heartbroken parents well. Notably missing in the trailer are references to Peter van Houten (played by William Dafoe) and Gus’ cigarette metaphor, which we are dying to see. All in all, I’d be lying if I said that the trailer didn’t tug at my heart strings and water my nose. I’d be lying a lot! The film releases on June 6, 2014 and as a parting gift, we’ll give you one for the road –
Gus: “It’s a good life, Hazel Grace.”
… and another one for tumblr … we made it especially for you!
What did you think of the trailer?
Did you cry? Be honest.
The first trailer for the upcoming YA adaptation “The Fault in our Stars” is coming sooner than you think! The trailer was first thought to be scheduled for February 14 …
The Fault Movie (@TheFaultMovie) January 23, 2014
But recent tweets suggest that the trailer might be closer than we think.
The Fault Movie (@TheFaultMovie) January 24, 2014
Not, like, TOMORROW. But...soon. Sooner than has been widely reported? MAYBE. #tfiosmovie—
John Green (@realjohngreen) January 24, 2014
The trailer is rumoured to be 2 minutes and 17 seconds long … word of advice: keep a tissue box handy!
Earlier this month, the TFIOS fans got some exciting new official stills of Hazel and Augustus in Amsterdam, played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, respectively.
In the meantime, check out this really cool poster for the film, due for release this year on June 6 and if you haven’t already … pick up the book and read it!
How excited are you for the trailer and the film?
The book everyone has been raving about, “The Fault in our Stars by John Green”, starts shooting its film adaptation today, August 26, 2013.
The blurb on the cover of the young adult book describes the story as
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
The film stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel Lancaster, Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters, Nat Wolff as Isaac with Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) and Sam Tramell (True Blood‘s Sam Merlott) taking on the role of Hazel’s parents.
Josh Boone is directing the film, which will be shooting in Pittsburgh as well as in Amsterdam.
Here are some of Josh’s tweets in the lead up to the start of filming.
Shailene Woodley also cut her hair for her role as Hazel
She debuted her short hair while presenting the first look for Divergent with Theo James at the MTV Video Music Awards.
You can watch their interview by Maximo TV from the VMA red carpet below –
Ansel Elgort who plays Hazel’s love interest and the male lead in the film, also stars as Shailene’s brother in Divergent. Here are some of his tweets and instagram posts.
Brothers Nat and Alex Wolff share the same twitter account and as Nat moved to Pittsburgh to film The Fault in our Stars, his brother Alex tweeted about how he missed him
Producer Wyck Godfrey shared this picture of a ‘clap on’ from the set a few days ago as well as a recent picture of the cast
Here are John Green’s tweets, who recently celebrated his birthday and is now on the set of the film.
John Green also just shared a couple of pictures from the set on instagram post, including a ‘clap on’ that he received as a birthday present.
A release date for the film has not been announced yet, but here is what the director had to say –
Stay tuned as we bring you all the updates from the set!