*Jesus does the cup song at the Last Supper* You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.
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.
On my tombstone please write “Not appreciating my puns when I was alive was a grave mistake”
lupita is the best
When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security. I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people. - Vivien Leigh
I just can’t eat in front of people.
what if you started making car alarm noises when people you didn’t like touched you
if you display an interest in musical theatre in front of me there’s a 100% chance that I will be attracted to you
overheard while standing in line for a bus in nyc
one time in broadway’s lion king the actor playing simba was sick and so were his understudies so they literally called the lead in aida a few blocks away who played simba to come and fill in even though he hadnt played simba in YEARS and he did and the audience never knew and theatre is incredible
spring awakening alternate titles:
"you love that character? HA GOOD LUCK"
”[ dramatic, intense violins in the bg ]”
"i liked most of the off-broadway/workshop songs better"
"everything is a metaphor for masturbation if you think hard enough"
instead of making movie adaptions of musicals, release the pro shot of the original broadway cast. billions of problems solved.