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The unique challenges of adapting 'The Fault in Our Stars'
The unique challenges of adapting 'The Fault in Our Stars'

[Warning: This post contains spoilers about the movie “The Fault in Our Stars.”] When Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the writers of the burgeoning film hit "The Fault in Our Stars," first began adapting John Green's bestselling novel, they found themselves with a dilemma. How do you take the characters’ eloquence on the page, they wondered, and make it credible in the mouths of flesh-and-blood people? “John’s dialogue is so naturalistic, but at the same time no one really talks like that,” said Neustadter. “It’s never the thing you would say in the moment — more like the best thing you would say in the moment. And...

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