Is "The Fault in Our Stars" the perfect love story? Or, perhaps, the most perfectly imperfect love story, knowing as we do that some things really are too messed up to be fixed with a Peter Gabriel song?
Well, anyway: Perfect or not, there's no question that "The Fault in Our Stars" has already bewitched our hearts (and be-snotted our noses) with its unique perspective on love. And the movie's stars, too, can't help recognizing that there's something special about Hazel and Gus.
"I love the openness that Gus and Hazel have with each other," star Shailene Woodley said, in an interview with MTV News. "There seems to be this taboo, or this judgment, against teenagers being in love. I think this movie goes to show it doesn't matter… when you find somebody that you share a soul with, that you connect with on that molecular level, it's valid regardless of age."
And the guy she shares her screen time with? He totally agrees.
"It's such a real love story, because Hazel and Gus become best friends," co-star Ansel Elgort added. "And you feel like you're watching two best friends, and [then] they happen to kiss. The sexual stuff comes later, but it's not what's important... They're truly in love, with the most beautiful friendship."
Authenticity and a best friendship first: that makes two awesome reasons why the love story in "The Fault in Our Stars" is totally top-notch. But hey, if you need a few more…
Hazel and Gus aren't perfect, but they're perfect together.
The best love stories involve actual human beings, who accept and love each other despite their flaws. So when Hazel realizes that Gus is a pretentious doofus… and falls for him in full awareness of it? Gold.
A perfect love story needs realistic, um, loving.
You've gotta hand it to "The Fault in Our Stars" for actually capturing first-time teenage sex in all its awkward, derpy, totally unchoreographed sweetness.
And a perfectly imperfect love story needs a realistic ending.
It's not giving anything away to say that the saddest thing about relationships, young grasshoppers, is that they end — by choice, or not. A teenage romance that doesn't fade to black the moment its heroes get together, and instead dares to break our hearts into a million little pieces? Well, to borrow a line from the story itself, let's just say that it was a privilege to love it. [Cue gross sobbing.]