Both An Imperial Affliction and its author Peter Van Houten are fictional; they were created by John Green for his book The Fault in Our Stars.
The film is loosely inspired by teenager Esther Earl, an internet celebrity who gained fame after blogging and posting videos about her life with cancer.
An Imperial Affliction has an abundance of metaphorical resonance throughout The Fault in Our Stars. To begin with, it represents the healing value of fiction. Hazel refers to it as her personal bible because it's the only account of living with cancer she's found that corresponds to her own experience.
Peter Van Houten's daughter, Anna, died at the age of 8 from Leukemia. Van Houten loved her so much she inspired the book An Imperial Affliction.
Peter Van Houten, who created the Dutch Tulip Man, claims he not but an unambiguous and obvious metaphor for God.
Why can Hazel not have a lung transplant? Her parents have poor insurance.
2. Hazel makes a point early in the novel that she likes people (like Gus/Augustus) with two names, and that she has always just been Hazel, a name that doesn't lend itself to nicknames. But Gus finds a way to choose her name anyway by calling her Hazel Grace. I just liked that, I guess.
Hazel and Augustus are two distinctive individuals, which can be attributed to their marked difference. Augustus is extroverted and Hazel is his(the) opposite: she is introverted. Their similarities strengthen their relationships because they have same circumstance and feelings.
Contents. An Imperial Affliction is about a girl named Anna who has a rare blood cancer. Set in the lower middle class of a central California town, Anna narrates her life with cancer. Despite her cancer, Anna creates a charity called The Anna Foundation for people with Cancer who want to cure Cholera.
Now, the massive climax and bummer shock the readers when they come to realize that in the end, it was Augustus who passed away and not Hazel Grace. In an interview with the author of the masterpiece, John Green himself discloses the fact that Hazel dies a year or so after Augustus did, because of her cancer.
Q: Why is Hazel a vegetarian? Well, as she says, she wants to minimize the number of deaths for which she is responsible.
Hazel and Augustus agree to read one another's favorite books. Augustus lends Hazel a copy of The Price of Dawn, a book based on his favorite video game. Hazel describes her strong feelings for An Imperial Affliction. Augustus drives Hazel home after the movie, and she agrees to call him once she's finished his book.
Augustus however believes in “Something, with a capital S”. He is almost obsessive with being the hero in someone's story. He wants his life, or his death, to mean something. Hazel doesn't have this outlook on her death. She knows she will die; it's just a matter of time.
Shailene Woodley's character in The Fault In Our Stars, Hazel Grace Lancaster, is loosely based off of author John Green's longtime friend and inspiration, Esther Earl.
He was inspired by his early work as a children's chaplain at a hospital and his friendship with one of his fans – 16-year-old Esther Earl, who died of thyroid cancer almost four years ago. When the novel was published in January 2012, “The Fault in Our Stars” was a decade in the making.
In the clip, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) chastises Gus (Ansel Elgort) for smoking, but he explains why he really has the cigarette in his mouth. “It's a metaphor, you see. You put the thing that does the killing right between your teeth, but you never give it the power to kill you,” he says.
The Price of Dawn is a book given to Hazel Grace by Augustus Waters, featuring protagonist Max Mayhem, a traditional tough-guy soldier whose larger-than-life exploits involve saving the world through war efforts.
Augustus and Hazel first begin as companions, after watching movies together, playing video games and talking about Hazels favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, which Hazel lends to Augustus during the blooming of their relationship. Gus reads the novel and quickly comes to love it almost as much as Hazel does.
Gus is the boy his parents have always seen. In fact, Hazel only learns his nickname is “Gus” because it's what his parents call him.
Augustus's biggest fear is oblivion, that in leaving the world he will not be remembered. This is something that Hazel embraces, and their opposing views bring them together. “Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. We all want to be remembered.
What is Isaac and Monica's catch phrase? "Never."
Three weeks after Augustus died, Hazel found out she is pregnant. She feels like she'll have another Gus, something to remember him by. But little to her condolences the baby dies. She gives birth to Gus's child but it doesn't survive because the cancer that Hazel has been touched with allowed things to go wrong.
Phalanxifor, as mentioned in the book, is a drug as a short term remedy of cancer that slows the growth of cancer, but does not eradicate what is already there. It is an infamous drug for not working, in about 70% of people.
Hazel kneels beside his coffin and places her hand on Augustus' chest. She says, “I love you present tense,” and that it is okay that he has died, although she is not sure whether he can hear her. She opens her clutch purse and pulls out a pack of cigarettes. She then slips them into the coffin.