The Fault in Our Stars Opens: Another Book to Film Ignites Passion in Teens

The Fault in Our Stars premiered this week. In my teen's world, the stairway to heaven opened.  The rash of books made into movies for teens erupted a craze for reading among teens, especially girls. I am thrilled and relieved that my daughter's obsession lies with books.

I read. Yes, I read a lot, or so I thought. Then, the craze of teen fiction came along. My teenager left me in the dust and made me look basically ridiculous. She sucks in books like a human vacuum cleaner. All of her allowance goes to buying books for Kindle or her coveted book shelf. Every time she hits the library, she checks out the limit.

I've heard about the opening of this movie ever since it was announced the book would be made into a film. I may never need to see it because my daughter can not only tell me almost ever line of the book, but she'll be able to parrot back a majority of the movie.

Books (back then) were not made into movies like they are today. Now, there is a movie opening every few months adapting a novel to the screen. According to my daughter, there are "true" fans - the ones who've read the book, and then the lesser fan that only see the movie. When my daughter read The Fault in Our Stars, she ran to me and sobbed when the really sad part came, (which is really, really sad). The characters live in her heart, deep and beating as much as her own pulse. She was devastated, yet she was truly alive.

The excitement my daughter and I have for reading impacts my special needs son. Books sit on shelves; we choose the library or books stores as outings, and we talk about books.  One afternoon, he took out a book and raced his finger across the words, mumbling his version of the story. He read like that for an hour. He's only able to spell and doesn't yet grasp that words have meanings, but he understands that story does. For now, the pictures and pages speak to him.

In the next room, my daughter flipped through the latest in a series of books, The City of Heavenly Fire. She finished 700 pages in two days. In fact, she was so into reading I had to take away the privilege for a week as she was ignoring other parts of her life. She was a bit out of control.

All teens will challenge structure, it's the call of their path. If my teen wants to test her limits with books, fiction, story, romance, fantasy, relationships, dialogue, suspense, love, despair and redemption, I'm all for it. The world's a pretty tough place right now. I'll take the challenge that a good story can bring.

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