Tuesday, 29 July 2014

50 Facts About Me!

Hello, friends!

Before I talk about today's post, I want to tell you that Geekie Chic has crossed 20,000 views! I'm so happy, and it's all thanks to my fellow Geeks. :D

A few weeks ago I posted a TMI Tag, and a lot of people seemed to enjoy reading about my personal life. Plus, it was a lot of fun talking about myself, so today I'm going to do a '50 Facts about me' Tag, which, like the former Tag, is a Youtube phenomenon that I am bringing into Blogger. So here goes!

1) I do not know how to swim or ride a bike. I don't know why I never learnt, but I hope one day I at least learn swimming. It's an important survival skill, after all. How would I win the Hunger Games otherwise?

2) I am very emotional. I get teary-eyed just watching my favourite trailers or even thinking about some of my favourite books. I can't help it. It's like a reflex action. Play any movie ending or read any book ending to me, and you'll see waterworks.

3) Somehow, I'm just not attracted to men with long hair. I'm sure they're great people to be around, but... the long hair look has never impressed me in a romantic sense.

4) I can't stand the smell of mangoes. Watching others eat mangoes makes me a little sick, although I might not admit it if I don't know you too well. But I really like eating mango fruit bars, candies or drinking mango juice. It's just the fruit that I can't stand.

5) Every day I wake up thinking, 'I'll dress up a little today, maybe use some eyeliner!' But then, halfway through my first class of the day, I'll realise that I just rolled out of bed, wore some clothes and came to college. Oh, well!

6) I absolutely hate talking on the phone. I'll almost always do anything in my power to avoid picking up calls. Unless you're my immediate family or my best friend, I'm not going to pick up so we can 'chit-chat'.
Isn't using Whatsapp or sending a text easier? There's no risk of voice distortion or external noise, so I can correctly interpret your message. Why talk on the phone and listen to voices?

7) I am extremely competitive. I hate to lose, I always have to be the best at everything and it annoys me to no end when I fail at something. This is why I almost always avoid competitions, because I know that if I lose, my ugly, rude side is going to come out.

8) No one in my family calls me 'Swati'. My parents and my sister have different nicknames for me, and they only call me by my real name if they're mad at me.
But I can't stand it when others try to give me a nickname.

9) I would love to spend the entire day in a café, even though I hate coffee, just so that I can have my privacy but still not feel completely alone. Give me my ebook collection, my earphones, a caramel drink and a tasty sandwich, and I will spend the day by myself and have more fun than I would otherwise.

10) I can't eat anything without a tissue - whether it's potato chips or an apple. I just feel so gross and weird if there isn't a tissue near me. Even a handkerchief will do in emergency situations, but a tissue is a tissue. It's a necessity for me.

11) I don't believe in God. I don't see any scientific evidence for his (or her) existence, and I don't feel any need to pray. If there's a problem, I just believe in myself and do my best. But I don't care what someone else's beliefs are, as long as they don't try to shove them down my throat.

12) I like leaving my hair open most of the time, but because of the humid weather here (and in most places), I usually end up wearing it in a braid or a ponytail.

13) I love cardio dance workouts. I can't dance just like that, but if I've got an amazing Youtube workout video in front of me, I can dance the night away, baby!

14) I hate keeping my nails long. They don't chip or break, because my nails are extremely strong (thanks for the genes, Appa!), but I find it so difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks. What if I stick my finger in my eye for contact lens purposes and end up poking myself? And holding a pen and taking down notes gets so uncomfortable. Nope, I prefer to have them cut short with maybe a coat of transparent nail polish. I use colours only for my feet.

15) If I could wish for anything in the world, I'd wish for my Hogwarts letter so I could become the next-generation Hermione (I've already got the bushy hair down!).

16) If I could have any superpower, I'd want telepathy, telekenesis and mind control. Oh, and super-human strength as a bonus. Call me skinny and I'd kick your ass! :D

17) The one movie that can always cheer me up is Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na! Romance, humour and adorableness all in one!!

18) The first thing I'd ask a stranger if I wanted to befriend them: "So do you read books?" If they say yes, I ask, "Have you read Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?"

19) I have a compulsive need to correct people's grammar, spelling and punctuation. Bad grammar just drives me crazy.

20) My biggest pet peeve is people who come to college or go out to restaurants wearing bathroom slippers. Ugh! At least wear non-bathroom slippers, people!
And don't even get me started on those boys who wear super-low-waist jeans. It's not flattering, boys. And it probably isn't comfortable. So why wear it like that?

21) In my spare time, I love rewatching trailers or discovering new ones. Trailers are even better than the actual movies! Hmm, I'd love to be a trailer-making person. What do they call those?

22) I find the nerdy, boyish look very appealing - think Peter Parker from TASM movies.

23) My Harry Potter house, according to Pottermore, is Hufflepuff. And though I've come to love my Puffness, I think I'd also make a good Ravenclaw.

24) I love shopping but I hate trying on clothes - it messes up my hair and the clothes barely ever fit right! So I do most of my shopping online, and surprisingly, the stuff I buy on the internet almost always fits like a glove.

25) I wish I didn't, but I judge the people who like the Fifty Shades of Grey books - Twilight, too, but I might let you off if you like some other good works of fiction. But if you're crazy about Fifty Shades of Grey? Sorry, but I don't think we're going to get along very well.

26) I can't drink milk in the morning. It makes me queasy. Soymilk, however, is good. Especially vanilla or malt soymilk - yum!

27) I don't like chocolate cake. If you want to get me a birthday cake, make sure it's  a cheesecake. Even a coffee cake will do, but chocolate.... ugh. Makes me sick just thinking about all that chocolate icing.

28) I'm scared of dogs. Puppies are adorable and cats are awesome, but if I see a dog on the street, I end up looking behind my back at least once every three seconds to make sure it's not following me.

29) McDonald's > KFC.

30) Domino's Pizza > Pizza Hut.

31) Quiznos > Subway. 

32) Thumbs Up > Coca Cola > Pepsi. 

33) It annoys me when people think the 'Chic' in my blog name is pronounced like 'chick'. No, it's 'chic', and no, it's not 'some foreign word'. Yes, it may be of French origin, but usage in the English language goes back to the 1870s. I may be the Geekie CHICK, but my blog is named Geekie CHIC.
But if you get the pronunciation right on the first try - then, my friend, we are going to get along so very well.

34) I like keeping my watch five minutes ahead so that I'm never late. Lateness is for losers, I believe. So, at least on my wrist watch, I go by Swati Standard Time. ^_^

35) Most of my novel-related ideas come to me while I'm just about to go to sleep. So I spend the next hour or two thinking about characters and dialogues and scenes, and then I wake up the next morning feeling groggy and tired. #writerproblems

36) I don't know anything about sports, and neither do I want to. I'll stick to Quidditch, thank you very much.
If you ask me what I think is the greatest moment in sports history, I'll say, "Viktor Krum caught the snitch but Ireland won the Cup."

37) My favourite colour is blue, and most of the clothes in my wardrobe are also blue. Somehow wearing blue makes me feel energised and happy. Why do people say blue is a depressing colour? It really isn't.

38) This is very personal, but if I ever have a son, I'll name him Anshuman, after my best friend. If I have a daughter, I'd love to name her Mahi, after the protagonist in my novel. :)

39) I love Jennifer Lawrence, but sometimes I wonder if the 'hilariously normal girl' thing is an act. I hope not.

40) If I could meet any celebrity in the world, I'd meet Emma Stone. Or Emma Watson. I go back and forth; I really can't decide.

41) I love those movies where the hero and the heroine dance or sing together on stage at the end. I have this secret fantasy (well, not secret anymore) where I'll find myself in the exact same scenario and I'll sing and dance like a superstar.

42) I've never been to a karaoke place. I really want to go, though, even if I make a complete fool of myself!

43) A few years ago, I was crazy about wearing heels because I didn't like being short. Now, wearing heels makes me very uncomfortable. Ballet flats and chappals for the win! :D

44) Jeans > Skirts. I have a lot of skirts and dresses that I've never worn even once in my life, but I have only one pair of blue jeans that I wear everywhere.

45) I can't talk if I'm in a big group, but I'm the most talkative person in the world if I'm next to one or two close friends.

46) I always pick the front bench in a classroom. It gives the teacher a good impression of me, and I can concentrate so much better! Plus, you can't talk when you're sitting in front. Thus, annoying people are much less likely to open their mouths and annoy me.

47) I can only eat pasta if it's spaghetti, lasagna or the spiral, twisted kind. If it's the penne or macaroni kind, I won't even taste it. I don't know why. I'm weird.

48) I like Indian Chinese food more than actual Chinese food. 
Tiny, local Chinese Restaurant > Authentic Chinese Restaurant.

49) I actually like the famous Rick-rolling song, Never Gonna Give You Up. It's funny and addictive! Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you....

50) I can't stand to wear a watch inside my house, but I feel naked if I'm not wearing it when I'm out in college, at a restaurant or simply out on the street.

Wow. That took a lot of thinking. Fifty facts about me! If you read all of them, congratulations! You now know me almost as well as I know myself!

Alright, then. This is a 'tag' post, so I'm going to tag all my dear readers to tell me at least a few facts, if not fifty, about themselves. You can send me the link to your Tag post, Youtube video, or simply comment below so I can get to know you better.

Specifically, I'm tagging three of my Blogger friends: Red Handed, Yasmine and Rebecca Maria.

I hope you liked reading about me. I'm a very cool person, as you may have already gathered.

Well, see you later, folks!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bombay Blues // Just a Random Update #1

Howdy, people!

Well, I'm finally in Mumbai and college has officially started. I don't have any good ideas for a normal blog post, so I thought I'd do an update and let you all know that I'm still alive and kicking.

Honestly speaking, Mumbai is a whole other world when compared to Bangalore. Practically everything that can be different is different.

I really miss the weather in Bangalore - the light drizzle, the cool summer breeze.... In Mumbai, it's always raining. And it's always a heavy rainstorm. So at any given point....

And the humidity is a little scary. Looking back, I feel like Bangalore has zero humidity in comparison to Mumbai.

Next, let's talk about the language. Wherever you go, people talk in Hindi. On the road, inside my room, on the phone, inside the classroom... even the teachers freely switch from English to Hindi while teaching!
I love Hindi. It's my favourite language, and I never liked the fact that Hindi isn't so popular in Bangalore. But now, I'm starting to miss speaking in English, or talking about English movies or TV shows.

Everyone I've met so far loves watching Hindi soap operas, and those shows are really not my cup of tea.

People dress differently here. Mumbai is the Bollywood capital of the country, so nobody bats an eyelid if you walk on the road wearing a dress or a mini-skirt. The opposite happens in Bangalore, so that's a plus point for Mumbai. It's extremely safe for women, even late at night.

I haven't made too many friends. I don't really mind, though, because as you already know, I don't like people so much. And might I add that I haven't met any Harry Potter/The Hunger Games/Pokemon fans yet? What sort of a world is this?! I need fandom buddies!

And at least five auto rickshaws will refuse before one agrees to take you. I'd walk if the weather were pleasant, but that's not the case most of the time.

Classes range from boring to interesting, so that's one thing both cities have in common.

I think that's it for now. I'll write a book review or write another People Who Annoy Me post when I have time. If this post bored you, then... well, I wasn't forcing you to read it, was I? ^_^


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

TMI Tag!

Howdy, Geeks!

So I was watching a TMI (Too Much Information) tag video on YouTube, and I thought why not do one for my blog? I'm the kind of person who loves talking about herself, and you can read this post if you want to or skip it if you're not interested. So it's a win-win situation!
A TMI tag, in case you don't know, is a series of questions that you have to answer so that people can know more about your hobbies, your passion and your life!

So here goes!

1: What are you wearing?
I'm at home, so I'm wearing my pyjamas, of course. 

2: Ever been in love?
I'm really not sure, to be honest. I think I'll need to experience life a little bit more before I can answer this question truthfully.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Thankfully, no. I've never been in a relationship, so I've never had to deal with breakups! 

4: How tall are you?
I am 5'2''.

5: How much do you weigh?
The last time I checked, I was 38 kgs. But hopefully I've gained some weight by now. Maybe I've even reached the big 40! 

6: Any tattoos?
No, and I'm not planning to get any, either. The idea of marking my body, permanently, with ink has never fascinated me. Kudos to you if you have a tattoo, though. It's just not my kind of thing.

7: Any piercings?
One each on my ears, but nowhere else. 

8: OTP?
I have too many! Peeta and Katniss, Ron and Hermione, Chandler and Monica, Sherlock and Molly... and many others that I can't think of right now.

9: Favourite show?
F.R.I.E.N.D.S all the way, baby!

10: Favourite bands?
I don't really have a favourite. But I do like Coldplay's songs. And Westlife was my favourite band growing up, and I still love listening to their songs.

11: Something and someone you miss? 
Most of all, I miss my lovely sister/best friend who is currently in a far-off state for MBA purposes. But I also miss Summer 2013. Harry Potter Studios. London!

12: Favourite song?
There are many songs I adore, but currently I'm loving Boom Clap from the TFIOS soundtrack.

13: How old are you?
As of this moment, I am 18 years and three months old. My birthday is in March.

14: Zodiac sign?
Strictly speaking, Aries. But I feel like I'm an Aries-Pisces cusp. And yes, I know that astrology has never been scientifically proven. But I do show a lot of Arian-Piscean traits.

But if you really dislike astrology, let me change the question:

14: MBTI personality?
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which is based on extensive research, I am an INFJ (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling and Judging).

15: Quality you look for in a partner?
There are a lot of qualities! I'm not going to settle for just anybody. But he should be funny, intelligent, humble, honest.... and a Harry Potter fan, of course. That's essential.

16: Favourite quotes?
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
"Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear." - President Snow, The Hunger Games (movie).

17: Favourite actors?
Emma Stone, Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence. 

18: Favourite colour?
Blue, of course. Cool, calming and not at all depressing, in my opinion.

19: Loud music or soft?
Why not both? I enjoy all music as long as it speaks to me or evokes some emotions in me.

20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
I go to wherever my laptop is, so I can watch Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na or The Amazing Spider-Man. These two movies really comfort me. And there's a lot of humour, thus decreasing my pain and sorrow.

21: How long does it take you to shower?
Ten to twenty minutes depending on whether I have to wash my hair or not.

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Five minutes. Ten if I have to wear my lenses - even after all these months, I still get very conscious of the fact that I'll have to stick my finger in my eye. And that terrifies me!

23: Ever been in a physical fight?
No, although I'd like to punch or slap someone at least once. I really want to know what that feels like. But I don't want to be on the receiving end, for obvious reasons. 

24: Turn-on?
Extensive knowlegde of the Harry Potter universe.

25: Turn-off?
People who annoy me: bullies, cowards, grammar killers, book haters, homophobes... the list goes on. Oh, and arrogance is a complete turn-off. Augustus Waters is a prime example of a turn-off in my case.

26: Fears?
All insects, arachnids or bugs, snakes, dogs, rats, rejection, boredom.... I lose count. I'd just rather avoid most things in the world. 

27: Last thing that made you cry?
The movie The Fault in Our Stars. Damn you, Hazel, Gus and Hazel's mom!

28: Last time you said you loved someone? 
I said 'I love you' when I was saying good night to my sister yesterday.

29: Last book you read?
On The Fence by Kasie West.

30: The books you’re currently reading?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mansfield Park, and my own novel (I Hate You... Like I Love You!) for editing purposes.

31: Last show you watched?
The Big Bang Theory: Season 2, Episode 1 (The Bad Fish Paradigm).

32: Last person you talked to?
My mother, just now.

33: The relationship between you and the person you last WhatsApped?

34: Favourite food?
White chocolate, cheesecake, sweet corn soup, pizza, Chinese food, anything with garlic or butter or cheese. Basically, I love all high-calorie food.

35: Place you want to visit?
I'd love to revisit London and spend all my life there. But I'd love to go to Paris, Amsterdam, New York City or even Goa for holiday purposes. 

36: The last place you visited?
We went somewhere for our 12th grade picnic. I can't remember what the name of the place was, but it was a lot of fun. That was in September 2013.

37: Do you have a crush?
I have a loooong list of fictional boyfriends. Peeta, Neville, Ron, Chandler, Marshall and Peter Parker are only a few out of the many men I would love to spend my life with.
In real life? Nope.

38: Last time you kissed someone?
Hmmm, let me remember.... oh, right! Never.

39: Last time you were insulted?
It's been a long time since I was last insulted. Probably two years ago, when I was a people-pleasing pushover trying to make friends with the 'popular' crowd. I don't think anybody has insulted me after that.

40: Favourite pick-up line?
"Hey, do you like Harry Potter?"
Best. Pick-up. Line. Ever.

41: Have you ever used it?
Hell yeah, millions of times! 
Has it ever worked? Nope. 

42: Favourite flavour of sweet?
Er... sugar? I don't know, what are flavours of sweet? I like chocolate and vanilla ice-cream and jalebis and kaju barfi. Is that what this question is looking for? 

43: What instruments do you play?
Hmmmm, let me count... oh, right! None.

44: Favourite piece of jewellery?
Earrings. I don't wear any other piece of jewellery.

45: Last time you hung out with anyone?
I hang out with myself all the time! I'm great company and a lot of fun, if I say so myself. But I did go watch TFIOS with my mother on the 5th... and I went to the mall with my friends just a few days before I moved to a new city.

46: Meaning behind your Blog name?
I'm a geek. I like to think I'm chic, because I'm fashionable and smart. 'Geeky Chic' wasn't available, so I went with 'Geekie Chic'. And I haven't looked back.

47: The reason you started a blog?
I enjoy writing and talking to people behind a laptop screen. I've always thought having a blog is cool. Barney Stinson has a blog. So I started a blog!
48: Last sport you played?
I really don't want to recall embarrassing memories of Physical Education class, so I'm just going to state that I do not play any sports, unless shopping, reading and sleeping are counted as sports.

49: Last song you sang?
You Sound Good to Me by Lucy Hale.   

50: Who should answer these questions next?
You, if you feel like answering these questions. You can answer one or two or all fifty of these questions in the comments, or on your own blog or Youtube channel (make sure to send me the link!) and I'd love to get to know some more people behind my laptop screen. Ah, the wonders of the internet.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about me. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! I'd love to tell you all about myself!
Until next time, buddies!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

'Emma' by Jane Austen: A Book Review

'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.'

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

When asked about the character Emma, Jane Austen said that she's "a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like". For the first half of the book, this is quite apt. Emma is selfish, manipulative and meddlesome - but her intentions are pure.

I think in comparison to Pride and Prejudice, Emma's storyline is much more complicated. A vast number of important characters, all involved in multiple love triangles... I think that's one thing that makes Emma so much more modern than it's supposed to be. It's nearly as dramatic as some of those television shows we have today.

There are a lot of shocking twists and turns in the story, but sadly I was already aware of them all thanks to Aisha, the Bollywood adaptation of this novel. But still, it was a lot of fun reading about all the chaos that ensues thanks to Emma's many attempts at matchmaking. 

I have to be honest and tell you that it took me a long time to get through this book - about two weeks, to be precise. Up until Part Three of the novel, I wasn't really that interested in the story or the characters. Don't get me wrong - I was starting to like Emma a lot (but that was probably because of her character from the modern-day adaptation, Emma Approved) and her interactions with Harriet, Mr. Knightley and Frank Churchill were really engaging right from the beginning, but Part Three is where everything goes up in flames, and that's where about eighty percent of Emma's character development occurs. Not to mention, that's when the romance finally sets in!

The writing style is good, but there really weren't any quotes that really stuck in my head, apart from one or two. But the proposal at the end was just completely adorable. I don't want to give any spoilers in case you don't know who Emma ends up with, but I have to say that the declaration of his love is almost as good as Darcy's from P&P. Almost. 

"If a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to 'Yes', she ought to say 'No' directly. It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings, with half a heart." 

“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.”  

"I cannot make speeches, Emma," he soon resumed; and in a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing. "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. Bear with the truths I would tell you now, dearest Emma, as well as you have borne with them. The manner, perhaps, may have as little to recommend them. God knows, I have been a very indifferent lover. But you understand me. Yes, you see, you understand my feelings and will return them if you can. At present, I ask only to hear, once to hear your voice."

I think the main reason I like the novel as much as I do is because of the webseries, Emma Approved. I'd been watching the episodes and reading the novel side-by-side, until I ran out of episodes to watch because Emma Approved is only around the half-way point so far.
But I have to say that I prefer Snarky Alex Knightley and adorable fellow Hufflepuff Harriet Smith from Emma Approved to their literary counterparts. As for Emma, I've already mentioned how much I adore the character from the web series. 

In short, while Emma is a witty and interesting read, it is not Jane Austen's most flawless work in my opinion. Fine, I've only read two of her novels yet, but P&P beats Emma any day. 

I'm going with 3.5 stars out of 5 for Emma, judged solely on my interest in the novel and not the web series. 

Whether you've read the book or not, I simply must insist that you watch Emma Approved right now! Set in the contemporary world, the web series focuses on Emma Woodhouse, an entrepreneur, lifestyle coach and event manager who makes people's lives better - or at least tries to! 

What do you think of  the novel and the web series? Leave a comment and give me your opinions. What is your favourite Jane Austen book? Do you have any suggestions as to which Austen novel I should read next?

Goodbye! :)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

'The Fault In Our Stars' Movie Review (Spoiler-Free)

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

You know how much I love movie adaptations of books, don't you? Well, The Fault In Our Stars, written by John Green, isn't particularly a favourite of mine, although I did like it quite a bit. The emotional blackmail and the presence of a thousand metaphors made it a little hard to digest as a book, so I wasn't sure if it would translate well onto the big screen.

That, and the fact that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (Hazel and Gus, respectively) failed to impress me with their acting skills during Divergent, made me a little hesitant about this particular movie.

Well, TFIOS finally released in India on July 4th, and I felt like having popcorn, so I made my way to the nearest movie theatre. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the experience - I was going to watch it with my mother, who hasn't read the book (because I am currently not in the same state as my Book-Keeper friends) - but at least I had someone to share popcorn with!

On an average basis, TFIOS got great fan reviews, and almost every teenage girl (or mother of a teenage girl) said that she spent most of the two hours crying her eyes out.

I didn't cry while reading the book, so I didn't know if it would apply to me. The girls also swooned over Ansel Elgort, and I knew for a fact that I would never do that (thank goodness!)

Anyway, on to the review.

Well, from the moment the movie began, I was either...
a) Laughing,
b) Smiling,
c) Crying my eyes out, or
d) all of the above.

The movie, much like the book, is hilarious, so that justifies the laughing and the smiling. As for the crying... seriously, I don't know why the movie had such an effect on me. I didn't like the book that much! But even when there was a happy scene going on, I had started to tear up because I knew what was going to happen next.

And after the half-way point, when the sad scenes did come up, I was a mess. My contact lenses got all foggy because of the tears!
Maybe it was because of the beautiful music as well as the fact that I can't look at sad people without feeling sad myself - whether they're actors or not. 

A few scenes and dialogues from the book aren't included, but I was fine with it because it made the movie much, much less pretentious. Since Indian cinema is a bit reserved, the one f-word scene as well as Hazel and Gus' hotel 'love scene' were both cut from the movie to make it more 'decent', I suppose. Not fair, censor board. The movie was already PG-13!

Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Laura Dern (her mother) were both amazing. Maybe Shailene's acting was weak in Divergent because of the horrible script, but here she shines throughout the film. Nat Wolff, as the funny blind guy Isaac, is good, too. Willem Dafoe didn't make me hate his character Peter Van Houten as much as I'd expected, though.

But the biggest surprise was Ansel Elgort. You know how I hated Gus in the books? I found him to be arrogant and cocky and basically Mr. Oh-Look-At-Me-I'm-So-Perfect? Well, he's the same in the movie, but... somehow Ansel made him likeable. His acting was pretty good, too, except for one serious and emotional scene where I felt like he overdid it. Maybe Ansel is a real life Gus, so it was easier for him to portray the character.

The dialogues and script have been toned down a little from the book, so John Green's absurd pretentiousness (is that a word? What's the noun for 'pretentious'? Pretence?) doesn't show through as much. I actually felt like Gus and Hazel could be real people instead of John Green stuck in two teenagers' bodies.

My favourite scenes include the aeroplane scene, the car egging scene, the ending, and any scene involving Hazel's mother. She was just so adorable!

However, this movie isn't perfect. There were a few errors, like when Hazel says her hands are always cold when Gus holds her hand for the first time, but later on, in one scene, he talks about her 'warm hands'.
Also, this is a cancer movie about cancer kids who, when they are terminally ill, are supposed to gradually start looking more and more weak. That didn't quite happen. That transition wasn't there.

But in spite of these mistakes, I fell in love with this movie the way you fall asleep - slowly, and then all at once.
I'm going to go with 4 stars out of 5 for The Fault In Our Stars. 
I thought it was better than the book, but that's my opinion only. Whether you're a Nerdfighter (a John Green and Hank Green fan) or not, you should watch this movie. Book your tickets in advance - my theatre was jam-packed!

Here's the trailer:

Until next time, Geeks!