Q. Why Anne Frank’s house?
A. It just seemed like the obvious place for a hot hot sex scene
Q. No, seriously, why Anne Frank’s house?
A. It’s a sacred space, but it’s important to…
Okay, first of all, y’all need to clam yourselves. Since this hating on TFIOS and John is definitely a Tumblr trend (which is sad because he loves us, and jerks like you are ruining it for the rest of us) I’m just going to point out that none of this started until someone decided it was uncool to hate on a book that was on the bestseller list before it was even published.
Second, let’s talk a little bit about this quote.
"It’s a sacred space, but it’s important to remember that real people lived there.” Simple enough. We can’t forget the humans that lived and suffered in this place. It’s a reminder to all of us that the Holocaust happened and it was terrible and should never ever be allowed to happen again. But these people were not saints or heroes; they were PEOPLE. People with thoughts and fears and needs and desires, and who were just as human as you or I.
"Our usual way of honoring the dead–by freezing them in time and mythologizing them, by building the marble statues Shakespeare rails against in that sonnet–that’s not Hazel and Augustus’s way of honoring the dead.” Again, this is pretty simple. Just because Hazel and Augustus (and John, Shakespeare, I, and I’m sure a lot of other people) don’t want to build these people up to be something they were not, or romanticize their lives unnecessarily, does not mean we do not honor their lives as they were lived and the sacrifices that were made to protect them. We just do it in a different way. Hazel and Augustus’ way is to celebrate the life they are living, and to live in their own infinity, and to make out because life is short and love is just a shout into the void and because they CAN. See the next part of the quote.
"As Hazel notes, Anne Frank made out with a boy in the Anne Frank house. I think Hazel wants (and I wanted) to reclaim that sacred space for doomed people who are nonetheless still alive, and still full of desire." Miss Frank seized her moments and lived her life in that attic despite knowing that her family was doomed to be found and doomed to die. Hazel (spoiler: and Augustus) are two more doomed souls finding themselves in the same dark place she was in. What is so wrong with living in your infinity? Why should we cry for the dead when we can celebrate the living?
Agree to disagree, I guess. But before you go hating on something because it’s the popular thing to do, perhaps some critical thinking is in order.
Alt-text from XKCD: “I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.”
oh my godddddd there is a new swedish reality tv show where they are tracking down internet trolls and confronting them about the death threats they’ve sent to people, since it’s actually illegal.
watching them try to explain how it’s not them is the best entertainment i’ve ever seen.
this episode ended with them fining him 5000 SEK to be paid to the victim!
guess what America should do
People in their early twenties still refer to people older than them as “adults”. When do you think they stop… and realize… they are adults
I’m not an adult, I’m a child with a drinking permit.
the dude who pulls out a cigarette in front of a girl with lung cancer and then acts like sir dickweed mcfucklamp when she doesn’t understand the worst metaphor on earth seems to be tumblr’s newest squeeze
literally tfios was everyone’s favourite book five minutes ago why is everyone suddenly being an asshole about it because the movie is making it reach a larger audience and younger people are talking about it a lot? Why do people feel the need to suddenly hate on something because it gets popular (or is discussed) outside their #toocool alternative nerdy kids group??