If you’re one of the many fans upset, enraged or otherwise verklempt about the phrase “one sick love story,” tagline for the cinematic adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars, worry not: star Shailene Woodley is equally perplexed.
The controversy came out when the movie’s poster was released last Wednesday. It depicts a tender scene between Shailene Woodley and co-star Ansel Elgort, who play Hazel and Augustus, two love-struck teenagers who both suffer from cancer. It’s the type of image that melts hearts. But the tagline for the movie seems to have done more breaking than melting. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Woodley very guardedly offered her thoughts on the matter:
“I had a really strong response to it,” Shailene told the magazine in an interview. “It’s definitely — it’s not a tagline that I probably would have chosen by any means.”
Woodley’s co-star tweeted that he has no complaints.
“I have no problem with the tagline,” Elgort said. “It’s cheeky.”
For his part, author John Green stressed that while he had nothing to do with it (as he’s not involved in the making of the film), he felt the line resonated with Shailene Woodley’s character.
“I like the tag line. I found it dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor,” the author said via his Tumblr. “I like the tag line because it says, literally, the sick can also have love stories. Love and joy and romance are not just things reserved for the well.”
“That said, I might be wrong. I’m wrong all the time.”
With a June 6 release date, The Fault in Our Stars is just one of Shailene Woodley’s 2014 films, as the 22-year-old’s star continues to rise in Hollywood. Woodley’s other heralded project is Divergent(also featuring Ansel Elgort), the first in a series of three young adult novels by Veronica Roth. Shailene plays Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior, a young woman with a special mind who “finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind.”
Do you agree with Shailene Woodley about the movie’s tagline?