The Fault in Our Stars star Shailene Woodley is conflicted about the film’s tagline.
The film’s poster features Woodley, who has oxygen tubes in her nose, and Ansel Elgort lying face to face on the grass. Underneath the title is the tagline, “One sick love story.” Critics of the tagline said it seemed to be making light of the fact that the main characters have cancer, while fans of the book said it sounded like something Hazel (Woodley) would say about her relationship with Gus (Elgort).
Shailene Woodley, however, told Entertainment Weekly she wouldn’t have picked the tagline.
“I had a really strong response to it. It’s definitely — it’s not a tagline that I probably would have chosen by any means,” she said.
“But I think that there’s so many people who are so passionate about this book that there’s nothing that will ever satisfy everyone,” the 22-year-old added. “So I think it was just up to the discretion of the marketing mavens. For me, it was — yeah, not something I would have chosen. But it seems like half the people love it and half the people don’t like it.”
Ansel Elgort, on the other hand, tweeted that he liked the “cheeky” tagline. And John Green, who wrote the 2012 young adult novel on which the film is based, said he found the tagline “dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor.”
Green added, “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.” He also noted that Shailene Woodley has “visible evidence” of her character’s disability “which is damn near unprecedented.”
The Fault in Our Stars is scheduled to be released on June 6, 2014.