Shailene Woodley Faults 'Sick' Tagline for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

Friday, 27 Dec 2013 10:46 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Shailene Woodley had mixed emotions regarding the "One Sick Love Story" tagline for her latest movie "The Fault in Our Stars," which is about two teenage cancer patients who fall in love with one another.

"I had a really strong response to it," the 22-year-old actress told Entertainment Weekly when asked what she thought of it.


"It's definitely ... it's not a tagline that I probably would have chosen by any means," Woodley continued. "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. So I think it was just up to the discretion of the marketing mavens."

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"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," she added.


The movie is based on a book by the same name written by John Green, that having been released in January 2012 has received praise from numerous critics for its "blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical and funny," The New York Times writes.

For his part, the 36-year-old author liked the tagline.

"I found it dark and angry in the same way that [the main character] Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor," Green wrote on Tumblr in response to the controversy, E! News reported.

"I mostly wanted something that said, ‘This is hopefully not going to be a gauzy, sentimental love story that romanticizes illness and further spreads the lie that the only reason sick people exist is so that healthy people can learn lessons.' But that's not a very good tag line," Green continued. "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."

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Woodley's love interest is Ansel Elgort, who will play the role of Augustus in the film which is due out June 6.

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