Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Boys Are Better in Books: Augustus Waters

"Boys Are Better in Books" aka "My book boyfriend" is hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader. This is a weekly meme in which bloggers can discuss a fictional crush. Swoon-worthy quotes and an explanation for why you chose the character are encouraged! Also, I enjoy choosing pictures that look how I imagine the character. If you want to join in this fun meme, visit Missie's blog

Augustus Waters 
"It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." 
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Who he is: Only one of the most amazing characters from John Green's masterpiece, The Fault in Our Stars. 

Age: 17

Hair: Mahogany

Eyes: Blue

Description: "Long and leanly muscular, he dwarfed the molded plastic elementary school chair he was sitting in... He looked my age, maybe a year older, and he sat with his tailbone against the edge of the chair, his posture aggressively poor, one hand half in a pocket of dark jeans."  - John Green 

“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."  

"It's just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations."

"Right, it's primarily his hotness," I said.

"It can be sort of blinding," he said.

"It actually did blind our friend Isaac," I said.

"Terrible tragedy, that. But can I help my own deadly beauty?"

"You cannot."

"It is my burden, this beautiful face."

"Not to mention your body."

"Seriously, don't even get me started on my hot bod. You don't want to see me naked, Dave. Seeing me naked actually took Hazel Grace's breath away," he said, nodding toward the oxygen tank.


“May I see you again?" he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.

I smiled. "Sure."

"Tomorrow?" he asked.

"Patience, grasshopper," I counseled. "You don't want to seem overeager.

"Right, that's why I said tomorrow," he said. "I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow." I rolled my eyes. "I'm serious," he said.

"You don't even know me," I said. I grabbed the book from the center console. "How about I call you when I finish this?"

"But you don't even have my phone number," he said.

"I strongly suspect you wrote it in this book."

He broke out into that goofy smile. "And you say we don't know each other.”

“I was blind and heart broken and didn't want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, "I have wonderful news!" And I was like, "I don't really want to hear wonderful news right now," and Gus said, "This is wonderful news you want to hear," and I asked him, "Fine, what is it?" and he said, "You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!”

"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

As I said in my review, I adored The Fault in Our Stars. I fell head over heels for Augustus. I haven't been this obsessed with a fictional boy in years. His wit and kindness won me over immediately. While no actor can truly match my mental image of this amazing character, Daniel Sharman comes pretty close. I'm trying not rant and rave like a frivolous fan girl, so if you're interested in seeing why I fell for Gus, then read The Fault in Our Stars. Just do it. You'll understand.