to find the poetry in the ordinary

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you-wish-you-had-this-url asked: I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?


I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)

Hear, hear.

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There is this song on the album called Sounds That Can’t Be Made, and it’s really about what is unspoken between people. So it’s a love song really. It’s about having a passion for someone which is so big that you can throw it straight into the body of another person, without saying anything to them, without the need for words. It’s about the transference of love or belief or faith or trust from the center of one person to the center of another person through sheer force of passion rather than through words or music or anything. So it’s about playing someone a sound that isn’t even there. Making music inside another person without them hearing it.

Steve Hogarth about Sounds That Can’t Be Made

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