In the world of book adaptations, there are few instances when movies can truly compare to their fictional counterparts. Books are more of a time commitment, but they offer more detail and they often give audiences the chance to view the world from a character or a set of character’s perspectives. There’s something about reading a book that is extremely intimate whereas a movie screening is not. This become especially apparent during my opening night screening of The Fault in our Stars, where hundreds of Kleenex-clutching fanatics blubbered loudly through the third act.

The Fault in our Stars is an intimate read, but director Josh Boone does a great job of bringing author John Green’s bestselling novel to the big screen. Instead of manipulating the book and making major changes to suit his own whims and purposes, Boone recognized that he had found a witty writer in Green. So, he simply trimmed the fat from the novel, cutting out some of the minor details, characterizations and backstories that would have been cumbersome for the theatrical audience catching the story for the first time. While those who have pored over the pages of Green’s book since its release in 2012 might miss a few scenes, lines and sequences, Green’s work is evident and largely intact on the big screen.

Following are the eight changes I noticed in my screening of The Fault in our Stars. Plenty of other details were changed, of course, and feel free to remark on any changes you feel may have been more noticeable. There are many spoilers in The Fault In Our Stars book to movie comparison. Do not delve in if you want the film to be a surprise.

Hazel Oxygen Hazel never lets a little girl try her oxygen at the mall. Hazel’s need to be connected to her oxygen tank at all times is made apparent in the film. However, the scene in which she is explaining her tank and what it does to a precocious kid named Jackie is cut out for time. I guess it’s enough to know that Hazel’s lungs are bad and the oxygen helps supplement her regular breathing.

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