The Fault in our Stars – Trailer Analysis

The Fault in our Stars film originates from the popular book by John Green.
The trailer holds key points in the narrative which vividly portrays the mental mise en scene toward the big screen.
The lighting of the trailer is varied throughout. When Hazel is on her own the lighting is dark and shadowed yet full faced which conotates the fear and loneliness, in contrast to the openness and honesty shown in Hazel. However when Hazel is shown with Augustus the light changes to soft lighting which in turn creates a romantic atmosphere – this emphasising the love between the two characters.
Camera shots are varied from medium shot to long shots throughout the trailer to signify the surroundings as well as the character(s) displayed. However, subjective point of view shots are shown only for scenes with Hazel and Augustus which connotates the importance of their relationship. There are many different types of camera movement throughout but there are many close up zooms to the face, especially at the beginning and end of the trailer with Hazel, this suggesting strong emotion felt from the character which seems to change throughout the trailer from fear, to love, to oblivion.
To begin with in the trailer a voice over by Hazel is heard whilst a number of scenes go by creating an enigma as to what she is talking about. Then scene dialogue takes over almost as if it is explaining her short monologue at the beginning of the trailer. The music paired with the dialogue emphasizes the mood during the particular scene; the music changes half way through the trailer from a light hearted tune to a passionate love song – this illustrating how the mood changes throughout the film.
Synergy is shown in the trailer as doodles and text are portrayed in the same art as the cover of the book, this makes the audience more familiar with the trailer due to the colour scheme/ font.
Due to the fact that this trailer is based on the popular worldwide selling book by John Green already creates a wide fan base; demographically the young female audience. However the psycho-graphics of this film would potentially be young cancer patients, as this film strongly expresses the power love has over something as defeating as cancer. Overall the progression from book to film unites many different audiences into one; book lovers, the initial TFIOS (The Fault in our Stars) fan base, film fanatics and so on. As said before, the primary audience for TFIOS would be young females. In turn from this, the secondary audience could possibly be parents (as they have had to suffer the blubbering mess of their daughters – the result of reading the book/ watching the film) taking them to see the movie or even boyfriends (TFIOS holds the genre of tragic romance – a perfect first date).
The Fault in our Stars represents the life behind cancer. Green’s intention of writing a love story rather than a cancer book reveals that although these characters are shaped by cancer, the cancer itself does not define who they are themselves. This connotates the idea of not judging a book by its cover – and I love that. Throughout the book we discover the charming and humorous personalities behind the cancer stricken Hazel and Augustus. Additionally, the juxtaposition of hope and humour with death and grief emits the honest illustration of cancer behind the love of these two characters. Not only does this show an honest portrayal of cancer but life itself.


One thought on “The Fault in our Stars – Trailer Analysis

  1. racheljaynexo says:

    This is a very good analysis, you included pretty much everything, to the point where I was struggling to find something you could add. So my question is….
    What do you think this trailer tells us about the institutions involved?

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