It’s not uncommon for film adaptations of bestsellers to be under constant scrutiny, from casting to the director and even the soundtrack.
But rarely has a movie tagline become as much of a lightning rod as the newly-announced tag John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars.”
The first poster for the project, a romantic drama about teens living with cancer that stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, was released earlier this week with a tag reading, “One sick love story.”
Now Woodley, who takes on the role of the cancer-stricken Hazel, is speaking out to “Entertainment Weekly” about the controversy after hundreds took issue with the morbid tagline.
“I had a really strong response to it,’ she told “EW.” “It’s definitely – it’s not tagline that I probably would have chosen by any means. 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.
While Woodley chooses to leave it in the hands of the “marketing mavens,” the book’s author found the caption “dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor.”
What do you think: fitting for the characters or simply too dark? Leave your thoughts in the comments!