Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Fault in "Killing Things"

One of the most popular books right now is none other than the heartbreaking story, The Fault in our Stars. Fangirls are everywhere, doing things like: crying. Gushing over Augustus Waters. And doing what fangirls do best.

Confession time: I didn't read The Fault in Our Stars. But I have read countless positive reviews on the book, as well as have friends who are obsessed over it. (Christian and non-Christian alike)  I want to read the book, but at the same time, I won't. The reason is they do inappropriate, as well as sinful,  things in it.

However, curiosity has gotten the best of me multiple times. I know what happens. I even read a preview of the book. To be honest, it concerned me. Though Hazel's voice was especially unique and drew me in, there were some things. It wasn't horrible or explicit, but there were just some things that made me raise an eyebrow. These were only the first pages.

I've read quotes from the book and they're heartbreaking. "All of the Stars" made me tear up the first time I heard it. Without the content, I'm sure it's a good book. At Super Summer this week, I heard a quote  that interested me.

“It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.” (From the Fault in Our Stars, to those who haven't read the book)

I heard that this metaphor was supposed to represent sin. I'm not sure if that's true or not. My friend said something like, "It's like a cigarette and sin. Only you can light it."

When I first heard it, I thought it was good quote. After all, it's true. No one forces us to sin. It's our choice, no matter what the case. But then I began to think harder on the subject.

John Green calls it a "killing thing." Whether it's supposed to be sin or not, it kills. Think of it as a cigarette, like how the author meant it to be. You can light it and let it slowly kill you. Or... you can put it in between your teeth. Without the fuel, it can't kill you.

Do you know what's also a choice? Putting the "killing thing" in between your teeth.

Think about it. Whatever it is, it's suppose to kill. If you knew it kills, why would you want it even near your mouth? It's like reading or watching sinful entertainment. You might not be doing the sin, but you're letting your eyes see it.

Of course, we're all guilty of that. What I'm trying to say here is, this metaphor doesn't make sense. Because if you knew it was dangerous enough to be the cause of your death, you shouldn't mess around with it. It's like playing catch with a bomb.

Again, I haven't read the book. So it would be wrong for me to presume things. All I'm doing is looking at the evidence I have. I've put "killing things" in between my teeth too. Whether you're lighting it or not, you're asking for trouble.

Now I don't want to sound like a hater. Reading the book isn't a sin. But I want you to think about it. Teen author Krista McGee explains the fault in the book in her blog post. She's actually read the book too.

What is your opinion on The Fault in Our Stars? What do you think about the cigarette metaphor? Is there something I should know about the book so I may take it in a different light? Comment below! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

(Casting Crowns- Slow Fade)


  1. I've read TFIOS and loved it. I'm considering buying it and taking a sharpie to the bad parts--because aside from those bits, it's so, so beautiful. I don't think John Green intended that quote to represent sin though. It might, but I don't think he meant it to.

    1. I wasn't sure. Either way, I think if you knew something was murderous, you wouldn't want it near you. I have read some beautiful quotes from the book.


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