Op-Ed: Why John Green’s Looking For Alaska Needs A Film Adaptation
I was on the Huffington Post Books section when I saw this article about the film adaptation of the teen fiction book The Fault in Our Stars and thought I’d spread the word and say my two cents on here.
As much as I enjoyed John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, I’m only half-happy about the filming. After all, The Fault in Our Stars isn’t my favorite John Green book. That honor goes to the very first John Green book I ever read: Looking For Alaska.
While The Fault in Our Stars is impactful to anyone dying of any disease and the people affected by them, Looking For Alaska is impactful for anyone learning to live in the moment while discovering the truth about themselves and others. Both books deserve to be made into films, but Looking For Alaska is one of those books that can define many generations of young people.
Nowadays, teens are more pressured than ever to be something they’re not for acceptance. Miles Halter, Alaska Young, and Takumi, the main characters of Looking for Alaska, could care less about it for the most part. Yet, looking for acceptance involves so much more than just doing a dare, doing drugs, or drinking to be “cool.” Looking for Alaska shows that acceptance can be sought simply by putting up a front and what happens when that front breaks a person.
This is a message I rarely see in today’s teen fiction and movies. You’d have to go back in time to films like The Breakfast Club to see it more often. It it important that a good film adaptation of Looking For Alaska be made so that people can read the book and see each other in a more honest, if raw, light.