The Fault in Our Stars

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John Green talks Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ auditions, and more

August 22, 2013

John Green had a live chat with PEOPLE magazine today, and you can read a re-cap of him talking about The Fault in Our Stars movie below. Read the entire live chat HERE at

Which scene from The Fault in Our Stars are you most looking forward to seeing projected on the big screen?
John Green: There are so many! The Anne Frank House will be amazing to see. That’s probably what I look forward to the most.

How excited are you to meet Shai and Ansel?
Shailene Woodley is playing Hazel in the TFiOS movie; Ansel Elgort is playing Gus. I am SO SO excited to meet them. I can’t wait. I loved their auditions so much and I love them together so much and I CANNOT WAIT to hang out with them on the set of the movie.

What is your favorite quote of all time?
“The only way out is through.” -Robert Frost

Absolutely adore both your work and your sassy-filled personality. Random question because I’m too nervous to think of a good one: how did you handle this explosion of popularity after TFIOS?
It has been a wonderful blessing in my life and totally unexpected and I am still overwhelmed by it. I feel really, really lucky that TFiOS has found such a broad audience. It is such an important and personal book to me, and this has just been tremendously fulfilling. It helps that the readers of the book are so passionate about it and generous to it.

I do get freaked out and overwhelmed sometimes, but that was also the case before my books had so many readers. :)

On the TFIOS movie.. will you be actively involved with the direction or production? I heard you were going to doa cameo appearance as well?

I am not directing the movie, and we should all be glad of that, because I don’t know how to direct movies. Josh Boone is a great director and he will do an awesome job. I’m also not producing it or casting it or anything, which is also good, because I am a novelist. I am only good at sitting in a corner and writing, and a lot of times I don’t even feel like I’m good at that. But they’ve all been so welcoming to me and encouraged and listened to my thoughts, which has made this whole process of my book becoming a movie purely joyful. I always thought it would be weird and terrifying to have the words turned into visuals, but it has been wonderfully fun. I can’t believe it’s really happening!

Why did you choose this particular cover for the The Fault in Our Stars?
Well, as a rule authors do not choose their covers. (And as a rule, they probably shouldn’t, since most authors are not graphic designers.) But I had a lot of say in this particular cover, because I REALLY wanted a minimalist, non-photographic cover, and my publisher also really wanted that. So we were fortunate to be able to work with Rodrigo Corral, one of the best cover designers in the world, and he did an amazing job. I still love the cover so much. Here’s what my three-year-old son said about it once: “Daddy there’s a black cloud. Daddy, there’s a white cloud. Daddy, they the same cloud.” That explains it pretty perfectly.

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