It’s nice to be able to come home for spring break.
my baby brother was really upset so
he was crying
until he realized he was taking selfies on my laptop
So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book.
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness.
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him.
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it.
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
'For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There is absolutely nothing in this world that can take my love away from you. Nothing! Not hardship, not persecution, not Satan, not even death itself. My love for you overcomes anything - and everything - in this world.
-Your loving Father
What in your life - attitudes, thoughts, behaviors, circumstances - make you feel separated from God’s love? How do these verses comfort you?
nothing is more accurate.
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
-1 Corinthians 10:13
Being tempted to have sex, lie, get wasted, etc. isn’t new. Everyone faces temptation. Not everyone fights against it. Are you a fighter?
Hey remember when Harry and Ron didn’t see any conceivable issues with just flying an illegally enchanted car to their school, at the age of 12 no less, because they missed the train
Sometimes the James in him just comes right out and smacks you full force in the face doesn’t it
“Because the only thing better than regular magic is Disney magic. Drawings done by Eira1893.”