Submitted by recoveryandstuff




So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book. 
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness. 
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him. 
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it. 

Bless you



Tree bike. Vashon Island, WA. by m. wriston on Flickr.

and in this sense, I am like the Sun.

Even the sun gets lonely, sitting up there on his own.The sky is too big for him, so he always feels alone. Yearning for company, but the angels fly too high and the birds not high enough. Hes stuck between heaven and earth, feeling out of place is tough. He doesn’t know what he brings to the world, ignorant to his own existence. Such a beautiful creation that’s necessary live, who doesn’t know his own worth but continues to give. He brings people warmth and light but nobody returns the favor, too concerned in what hes missing, he doesn’t realize hes a savior. He also doesn’t know that he lives a life of luxury compared to others, because while he brings light to children and their mothers, the moon brings the time of rest and thinks to himself that the day shift would be best. What a sad routine it would be to watch the world go to sleep, while you sit in your lonesome trying not to weep. But even the moon is admired by the sun, who thinks it must be nice to be looked upon, and to live without the pressure of shining through the clouds all day long, Don’t you see you are envied? Despite of what you lack, your life has meaning so keep it on track. 

-Megan Prince