Book Battle: The Fault in Our Stars vs. Me Before You

*Spoilers*

This might sound a bit morbid but Tragic Romances are one of my favourite genres of literature. We have all experienced love in some form but not all of us have had it torn away from us in a tragic manner; this is likely why this genre is so popular as it plays on our emotions and presents us with one of the worst experiences imaginable- losing the person you love. For this Book Battle I am going to compare The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. These are two very heartbreaking books, but which is better?

Relatability-  Lou lives a very normal life with a dull job and an even duller boyfriend. In comparison, Hazel lives an unimaginable teenage life made up of endless visits to and from hospital. Fortunately, the majority of real life teenagers will not suffer from cancer, however I am guessing most people are at some point, in their younger (ish) years, stuck living with their parents and carrying out a lousy job. Winner: Me Before You

Male lead– Will Traynor definitely grows on you throughout the book, let’s face it at the beginning he is a moody git and makes Lou’s life a living hell, but the reader learns to understand Will’s behaviour and makes allowances for it. I don’t think you can deny that Gus is a more likeable character as he does not drown in his sorrows like Will does, but then maybe Will’s character is more realistic as who wouldn’t find it difficult to be in his position? This is a tough one but if we’re basing this on likeability then… Winner: The Fault in Our Stars

Film Adaptations– In the film version of The Fault in Our Stars, Ansel Elgort does a great job in portraying Gus’ optimistic and high on life attitude early on in the film. Also, I think his chemistry with Shailene Woodley was spot on, they couldn’t have got it better casting-wise. I felt that the chemistry lacked a little between Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in Me Before You. I like both actors separately but for some reason it felt like there was something missing and I did not feel as emotionally invested in the film as I did with the book. Winner: The Fault in Our Stars

Emotional impact– Gus’ death comes as a bit of a shock as we do not learn his cancer has returned until well into the book. On the other hand, Will’s death is anticipated throughout Me Before You. The fact that Will wants to die is a very sad thought but at the same time you have to respect that that is what he wants. In The Fault in Our Stars, it is heartbreaking to see Gus lose his fight with cancer, but then you could argue that Will lost his fight a long time ago when he succumbed to his paraplegia. I think because of the shock factor Green’s book edges it slightly. Winner: The Fault in Our Stars

Romance: To begin with, Hazel and Gus’ relationship is a bit fairytale-like. On meeting, they have an instant connection and then they become best friends and then later boyfriend and girlfriend. Me Before You has a more complex presentation of relationships as Will and Lou are quite mismatched and they argue for a long time before they become friends. What makes it even sadder is that after all that they go through they never become an official couple, perhaps adding a more realistic feel to the the book. Winner: Me Before You

Overall Winner: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

This was a really hard one to call as I love both these books and their authors. Do you agree with my winner?

Xxx

 

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My 2016/17 Winter Favourites

For me, winter is all about comfort. When it is cold and dark outside all I want to do is snuggle up with a book, enjoy a steamy bath and eat comfort food, this blog post illustrates just that!

My first favourite is the recipe book ‘Nadiya’s Kitchen’ by 2015 Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain. Since finishing University I have tried to be a bit more adventurous with my cooking and Nadiya’s book has been perfect for this as it has some really unique recipes. I have highlighted a lot of recipes which I would like to make in the near future, but I have already made ‘Fruit Cake Flapjacks’ and ‘Cod and Clementine’. The flavours of both these dishes were insane; the flapjacks were rich and fruity and the Cod had this amazing sweet, tangy taste which I have never tasted with fish before but it was really lovely. For me, these dishes are great for serving in winter because of their warm spices and also, the flapjacks are made using leftover fruit cake so it is the perfect dish to make after Christmas. 

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When I think of winter I think of sitting by the fire, wearing my fluffy slippers and sipping hot chocolate. I also tend to think of ginger and cinnamon aromas because most Christmas treats seem to be made with these spices. I honestly have such an obsession with cinnamon it is ridiculous- I would literally buy anything if it had cinnamon in the title! I have been lucky enough to have my room smell of these gorgeous scents since late November and this is because I bought the Zoella Gingerbread Village Reed Diffuser. I really like this diffuser because it is not overpowering but you still get a nice spicy scent from it.

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I always get really dry skin in the winter so I use moisturiser religiously. I love the Simple range because it is great for sensitive skin like mine and it does not make my skin feel greasy. I have been using the Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser on my face and neck. 

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My friend lent me her Outlander Series 1 DVD and I have become a bit obsessed with it. I really look forward to nights where I get to curl up in bed with a cup of tea and watch a couple of episodes. If you enjoy watching historical dramas then this is definitely one for you to watch.

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I love having baths in the winter time and this is made even better when I have products to use in the bath. This winter I have been using The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath. The bubbles from this product are amazing and you really don’t need to use a lot of the liquid to have a decent amount of bubbles. I like that the mixture (which has nearly run out!) is a gold-ish colour, as well as the packaging, which makes it seem more luxurious.

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Since University I have not been reading as much as I would like to but I did buy a couple of new books in November. I have been reading We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver for the last couple of months and I have been really enjoying it. It is written in epistolary format, so it is made up of letters from the main character Eva to her husband Franklin. The book follows the upbringing of their son Kevin, who Eva struggles to form a bond with from an early age. What I like about this book is it creates discussion over the nature versus nurture debate as it questions whether it is Kevin’s detached relationship with his mother that leads to his psychotic and violent behaviour later on.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post. What have been your favourites this winter?

Xxx