The Fault in Our Stars Creative Writing Assignment

Gladys Bles Ms.Barbieri
E1-6 1/17/13
Writing Assignment 3
The Fault in our Stars

The author of The Fault in our Stars, John Green, chose this title for his book for specific reasons. The title given by the author is appropriate but, an another title for this novel could be chosen. The alternate title is fitting, but is not better than the one given by the author.
The author chose the title, The Fault in our Stars, as a Shakespearian reference. In the novel, Hazel and Augustus’ favorite author, Peter Van Houten, explained Shakespeare’s quote to Augustus. He said, “… It is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he had Cassius note, ‘The Fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves’” (Green, 111). Shakespeare is stating that it is not fate that causes terrible things to happen, you are. Van Houten is disagreeing because it is not Hazel and Augustus’ fault that they both have cancer, it was the stars crossing and there was nothing they could do to prevent it. John Green chose the title, The Fault in our Stars, to emphasize their fight with cancer, time, and fate.
A suitable alternate title for The Fault in our Stars, could be Our Little Infinity. It is fitting because Hazel and Augustus were always fighting against time due to their cancer. Although they had limited time together, they still made the best of it, as Hazel pointed out in her eulogy for Augustus. She said, “ You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful” (Green, 260). Also, Peter Van Houten, taught them about different infinities. He told them, “…Some infinities are bigger than other infinities” (Green, 189). This made Hazel realize that the time she spent with Augustus felt limitless and infinite even though it was not.
Our Little Infinity is not a better title than The Fault in our Stars. This is because the title given by John Green is clever and intricate causing readers to think. It is...