Leeteuk: We have worked together for 10 years. To be honest there were many quarrels, many debates but these add up.. Not sure if this is the way men express to each other but if there’s love there’s loyalty. Because such loyalty exists, we can walk together until now. In future we may spend more time together than apart, I myself am anticipating.
Kangin: My opinion is to celebrities who have debuted for 10 years, dorm life is.. We still live in dorm. Hearing that we still live in dorms, our hoobaes will feel surprised. We live together, see each other and eat everyday. Is this also a reason why we can walk together for such a long time? I also moved out then moved back.
Shindong: My opinion is after 10 years, our members’ understanding is deeper. We must understand when this member does this thing. We understand each other’s character very well, know what will make this member angry. I feel that members’ understanding for each other has deepened.
I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.
Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.
And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.
Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.
Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.
(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)