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->''"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."''
-->-- '''Hazel Grace Lancaster'''

''The Fault in Our Stars'' is the fourth solo novel by author Creator/JohnGreen, released on January 10th, 2012. The book focuses on a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is a teenage recluse: her best friends are her parents, and her preferred hobby is rereading her favorite book, ''An Imperial Affliction,'' over and over. One night, while at a support group (her parents' idea, not hers) she meets gorgeous and philosophical Augustus Waters, who piques her curiosity and gets her thinking again about life, adventure... and love. There's only one snag in this budding romance. Hazel and Augustus met at a Cancer Support Group. Hazel has terminal lung tumors, biding their time against perilous drugs, and Augustus is in remission after bone cancer took his leg.

Before the book was released, it reached #1 on the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in June 2011, shortly after its title was announced. Barnes & Noble had accidentally released more than a thousand copies prematurely, however, the fandom vowed not to spoil the book for those who had not received copies.

A blog where John answers questions about TFIOS is currently available [[http://onlyifyoufinishedtfios.tumblr.com/ here]] for anyone who has finished reading the book, and [[SeriousBusiness only for people who have finished the book.]] (It is no longer password-protected, although one still runs a high risk of major spoilers.)

A [[TheFilmoftheBook movie adaptation]], starring Creator/ShaileneWoodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus, was released in June of 2014. There's also what could be considered a companion book, ''This Star Won't Go Out'' which is the autobiography of Esther Grace Earl, a young girl with terminal cancer similar to Hazel's situation (many people [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer including news outlets]] mistakenly claim this girl is the inspiration of ''[=TFiOS=]'', but John Green denies this in his foreword for ''TSWGO'').
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!!Tropes present in ''The Fault In Our Stars'' include:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: [[spoiler: Peter van Houten is played by Willem Dafoe in the movie, and unsurprisingly, he's more attractive than the fat and spindly Peter in the book.]]
* AdaptedOut: [[spoiler: Minor characters like Kaitlyn, Lydia and Gus' sisters are not present in the film. Van Houten gives Augustus' eulogy to Hazel personally, while Isaac fills the slightly comedic relief role. Some other scenes are also cut to improve the flow (and shorten the length) of the film. John Green's cameo as the parent of the little girl who wanted to try on Hazel's cannula was also cut.]]
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Both Hazel and Augustus. Lampshaded by each other multiple times. A more specific example would be Augustus's reaction to flying on a plane for the very first time.
** Isaac, too.
* TheAlcoholic: [[spoiler: Peter Van Houten]]
* AndZoidberg: The sign Hazel's father holds up at the airport - "My Beautiful Family (and Gus)."
* ArtificialLimbs: Augustus has a prosthetic leg due to his osteosarcoma.
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Hazel and Augustus, in front of a crowd of tourists, ''in the Anne Frank house''.]]
* BlackComedy: In spades. Hazel and Augustus's jokes about how Augustus is so handsome he literally blinded Isaac and "took Hazel's breath away." Also, Isaac's eulogy for [[spoiler: Augustus]] at the "prefuneral."
* BavarianFireDrill: When Monica's mom finds [[spoiler:Gus, Hazel, and Issac egging her daughter's car.]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Peter Van Houten,]] for Augustus and Hazel.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Pittsburgh will be used as a substitute for Indianapolis in the movie, due to Pennsylvania offering more generous film-production tax credits than Indiana.
* ChekhovsGun: ''An Imperial Affliction'', as it leads Hazel and Augustus to Amsterdam to met Van Houten.
* CompleteTheQuoteTitle: from {{Shakespeare}}'s "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves." Green argues that the fault can be in our stars and not ourselves. Sometimes our downfalls and our weaknesses really aren't our fault. We did nothing wrong and bad stuff still happens... like cancer.
* CreatorCameo: John Green was supposed to play the father (it was a [[GenderFlip mother]] in the book) whose child wanted to try on Hazel's cannula, but the scene was cut.
* CulturalTranslation: As the film of the book is produced by Fox, films and TV shows mentioned in the book are replaced by equivalent Fox properties in the movie. Instead of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' and ''Film/ThreeHundred'' Hazel and Augustus watch ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', and ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: [[spoiler: Peter Van Houten scares Hazel when he pops up in the back of her parents' van.]]
* [[spoiler: DeadManWriting: Hazel and Lidewij track down Augustus' last letter to Van Houten, which turns out not to be the sequel to "An Imperial Affliction" but his eulogy for Hazel.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: [[DisabledSnarker Hazel, Augustus, Isaac]], as well as Hazel's mom, sometimes. [[spoiler:And Peter Van Houten.]]
* [[spoiler: DeathByNewberyMedal: C'mon...it's a book about two teenagers with cancer who fall in love. How did you ''not'' know how this was going to end?]]
* DisabledLoveInterest: Augustus in Hazel's view, see ArtificialLimbs above.
* DisabledSnarker:
** Hazel and Augustus make for a snarky couple.
** Isaac is pretty snarky too, especially after his surgery.
* DistractedByTheSexy: [[GoodBadGirl Kaitlyn]] loses track of the conversation just from the ''thought'' of Augustus.
--> '''Kaitlyn''': "Oh, my God. I've seen him at parties. The things I would do to that boy. I mean, not now that I know you're interested in him. But, oh, sweet holy Lord, I would ride that one-legged pony all the way around the corral."
--> '''Hazel''': "Kaitlyn."
--> '''Kaitlyn''': "Sorry. Do you think you'd have to be on top?"
--> '''Hazel''': "Kaitlyn."
--> '''Kaitlyn''': "What were we talking about?"
* DoorStopper: Not the book itself (a modest 300 pages, hardcover) but InUniverse, ''An Imperial Affliction'' is mentioned as being over six hundred pages in length.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Augustus; neither using his prosthetic right nor real left foot on the accelerator or brake quite works for him, and he suspects that the examiner who licensed him (on the third try) passed him as a Cancer Kid Perk.
* FictionalCounterpart: The Genie Foundation, which grants [[http://www.wish.org/ wishes]] to cancer patients. Also, Free Catch All (Craigslist).
* FictionalDocument: "An Imperial Affliction".
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Released in June of 2014.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Gus says he doesn't believe in this, but does say he believes in "Something".
* FreestateAmsterdam: Mostly averted although Augustus and Hazel are served champagne quite openly. It's noted in passing that this was paid for by Van Houten (or by Lidewij with his money), not the Genies.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Isaac [[spoiler: beating the crap out of Gus' trophies and egging Monica's car, both of which happen during Gus and Hazel's heart-to-hearts.]]
* GallowsHumor: Tonnes of it.
* GenreSavvy: The main characters know every terminal illness trope in the book.
* GlassEye: Isaac has one, at first.
** Anna's mother in "An Imperial Affliction".
* AGoodNameForARockBand: The Hectic Glow, a band "so beautifully underground that they don't even exist".
* IllGirl: Hazel was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at age 13, with tumors in her lungs.
** Other examples include Caroline Mathers, [[spoiler: Peter Van Houten's late daughter]] and all the other girls at support group, obviously.
* {{Jerkass}}: [[spoiler:Van Houten, by his own admission.]] Though there may be hope for him after all. Maybe.
* JumpingOnAGrenade: Augustus enjoys doing this in video games to save the fictional schoolchildren. In a more poetic sense, [[spoiler: when Hazel doesn't want him to love her because she is a "grenade" and her death will hurt him, he does anyway.]]
* [[spoiler: KilledMidSentence: Anna in ''An Imperial Affliction'', which ends right in the middle of a]]
* LiteraryAllusionTitle:
** The title refers to a line from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Theatre/JuliusCaesar: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings."
** In-universe, ''An Imperial Affliction'' is named for a phrase in the Emily Dickinson poem "There's a certain slant of light."
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Augustus Waters is a gender-inverted example, not only drawing Hazel out of her slump but helping her realize her dreams before the end.
* MeaningfulName:
** Lidewij Vliegenthart was supposedly named for Lidewij and Sanne Vliegenthart - two Dutch nerdfighters. Sanne's channel is [[http://www.youtube.com/user/booksandquills/ here]].
** Isaac, who has to get a surgery that causes him to go blind in order to get rid of his cancer, is named after the Biblical Isaac, who also went blind. ("Isaac" also sounds like "eye-sick," though John Green said this was more a happy accident. "I'm not that punny.")
* MenDontCry: Averted, Hazel's father bursts into tears in almost every scene he's in. But no one ever makes a negative remark about it.
** Averted with [[spoiler: Gus]] on a couple of occasions too. And [[spoiler: Isaac.]]
* MoodWhiplash: [[spoiler:The day after Hazel and Augustus share their first kiss and make love, Augustus reveals that his cancer has returned and metastasized.]]
* NerdsAreSexy: One of Augustus's main reasons for pursuing Hazel.
* ParentsAsPeople: Hazel's parents are shown to be very loving and supportive of her but also have their obvious frustrations with the burden her illness has put on their personal lives.
* [[spoiler:PrecisionFStrike: Hazel gives Van Houten one of these before storming out of his living room in the movie.]]
* RealityIsUnrealistic: A few people who reviewed the movie suggested that it was Hollywoodized to some degree due to [[spoiler:Augustus]]'s chemo not resulting in any hair loss, but the writers did research and the type of chemo that character would be on in their situation wouldn't result in any hair loss.
* ReclusiveArtist: Peter Van Houten is an InUniverse example, much to Hazel's dismay.
* RefugeInAudacity: Gus' speech to Monica's mom after [[spoiler: she catches him, Hazel and Isaac egging Monica's car, which actually succeeds in getting her to leave them alone to finish their vandalism.]]
--> [[spoiler: "Ma'am, your daughter's car has just been deservedly egged by a blind man. Please close the door and go back inside or we'll be forced to call the police.]]
* RunningGag:
** The books based on Gus's favorite video game. Count how many times "Max Mayhem" is brought up after Hazel reads them.
** America's Next Top Model
* ScrewDestiny: In Norway the book's title has been translated as ''Fuck Fate'', which [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/86606723303/how-is-it-that-the-english-title-for-tfios-is-beautiful John Green finds to be a]] {{Woolseyism}}.
* ShrugOfGod: [[spoiler: Van Houten's InUniverse reaction when Hazel and Angustus ask Van Houten what happened to the characters of ''An Imperial Affliction'' and he tells them he doesn’t know.]]
* ShoutOut: At one point Augustus muses that it would be awesome to fly in a super fast jet that could follow the sun; John's admitted to being a fan of WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb, and this was the plot of their first special.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Played for laughs in this exchange.
--> '''Augustus''': But can I help my own deadly beauty?
--> '''Hazel''': You cannot.
--> '''Augustus''': It is my burden, this beautiful face.
* SmokingIsCool: Gus and his pack of metaphorically resonant cigarettes, although he just enjoys holding them in his mouth unlit (they are cancer survivors, not suicidal).
* StarCrossedLovers: Hazel refers to Augustus and herself as this several times, most notably in her [[spoiler: eulogy at the prefuneral]].
* StealthPun: The "blinding" of Isaac. Unintended, according to John Green.
* TakeThat:
** When Hazel describes [[spoiler: having sex with Augustus for the first time, she mentions that "[[Literature/{{Twilight}} no headboards were broken".]]]]
** The entire book is one big TakeThat to the Glurge and TastesLikeDiabetes that most cancer stories are filled with.
* TeenGenius: Like many other John Green characters, Hazel and Augustus are insanely philosophical and verbally articulate for their age.
** Notably, though, they do get several things wrong. Hazel misunderstands both relativity and the concept of infinity, and Gus says "soliloquy" when he means "monologue." According to the author, this was on purpose, to show that even though they're very intelligent, they are still young and inexperienced.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction:
--> AUTHOR'S NOTE:
--->This is not so much an author's note as an author's reminder of what was printed in small type a few pages ago: This book is a work of fiction. I made it up.
--->Neither novels or their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.
--->I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth:
** Augustus alludes to this on page 173. "Like, are you familiar with the trope of the stoic and determined cancer victim who heroically fights her cancer with inhuman strength and never complains or stops smiling even at the very end, et cetera?"
** [[spoiler:"According to the conventions of this genre, he kept his sense of humor until the end, did not for a moment waiver in his courage, and his spirit soared like an indomitable eagle until the world itself could not contain his joyous soul. But this was the truth..."]]
* TraumaSwing: Gus is [[GenreSavvy so attuned to the traumatic symbolism]] of Hazel's depressing old swingset that he helps her sell it on the Internet.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Just before you went into the ICU, I started to feel this ache in my hip..."]]
** [[spoiler:''"Augustus Waters died eight days after his prefuneral."'' No matter how obvious or predictable it is that it's coming, it still hurts like hell.]]
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