I don’t understand people who are getting pissed about the whole Gus and the cigarette thing. Did you even READ THE BOOK? I mean REALLY READ it, not just superficially see it as a story about two kids with cancer? I mean REALLY READ it.

I don’t understand people who are getting pissed about the whole Gus and the cigarette thing.

Did you even READ THE BOOK? I mean REALLY READ it, not just superficially see it as a story about two kids with cancer? I mean REALLY READ it.

merlinsassbutt:

tfios-changed-my-life:

So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book. 
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness. 
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him. 
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it. 

As Hazel says in one of my favorite quotes, “When surprised and exited and innocent Gus emerged from Grand Gesture Metaphorically Inclined Augustus, I literally could not resist”
April 16th, 2007 I was a senior in high school. I can remember sitting in my school’s computer lab with my Senior Project class (not doing classwork obviously) and going onto a news website and seeing that there had been a shooting at Tech. I remember turning around and telling everyone. I remember worrying about the people I knew there. I remember watching it all unfold.

One year later, I was a freshman in college at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, which is only 3 hours away from Tech. I was a member of our college TV station, and I went to cover the 1 year anniversary. I remember seeing the 32 markers. I remember watching people holding those candles and crying. I remember walking along the memorial and breaking down crying in the arms of two of my classmates.

But what I also remember is the strength I felt on that campus. The resolve. The bond. The sense of togetherness. I left there knowing that even though someone had ripped a tear in the fabric of Virginia Tech’s community and stolen 32 precious lives, they would be okay. Never again perfect or the same, but okay.

Virginia Tech is strong. Virginia Tech will prevail.

And the rest of us? We will be there for our Hokie brothers and sisters. We will hold them when reality is too tough for them to bear alone. We will neVer forgeT.
isnerdy: rj4gui4r: slussy: Frankenstein enters into a body building competition and finds he has seriously misunderstood the objective FOR THE LAST TIME, FRANKENSTEIN WAS THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR …a doctor who built a body. (via lunavere)

isnerdy:

rj4gui4r:

slussy:

Frankenstein enters into a body building competition and finds he has seriously misunderstood the objective

FOR THE LAST TIME, FRANKENSTEIN WAS THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR

…a doctor who built a body.

(via lunavere)