John Green Reveals The Original Ending To The Fault In Our Stars Was Even More Tragic
Augustus wasn't the only person who died in that version...
If you haven't wept your way through The Fault in Our Stars then frankly you can't sit with us. That book is an absolute heartbreaker and we're still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster is took us on.
But now author John Green has revealed his original ending for the book and - *GASP* - it's actually even more tragic than the one he ended up going with.
While you might've hoped that JG would've saved us all some serious eye moisture and stopped the lovable Augustus Waters from succumbing to his cancer in the alternate ending, he's revealed that actually the original involved even more people dying. Great John, just great.
Weirdly this didn't quite involve them passing away the way you might imagine for a novel about teens with terminal cancer and instead John says he actually wanted to take a more philosophical approach to finishing the book.
Chatting on the Nerdist podcast, John revealed: "In the second draft of The Fault In Our Stars, the novel ends shortly after [...] Van Houten ties one of the characters to railroad tracks as an exploration of the 'trolley problem,' which is a really interesting idea to me in philosophy."
Err, sorry WHAT?
If you need filling in, the Trolly Problem is a thought experiment in ethics where a train is out of control running towards a length of track where five people are tied up and unable to escape. The choice you have to make is whether to let the train run its course or pull a lever which will change the course of the train onto a different track where one single person is tied up. While this will see less people killed, you as the lever-puller will have actively killed that one person whereas if you do nothing, technically you've killed no one with your actions. Gulp.
We don't know about you but this sounds like it would have been a rather insane plot twist for TFiOS and luckily John's editor agreed: "[She] was like, 'I can't tell if this is a joke. I was like, 'No, this is a really interesting way into the trolley problem.' And she said, 'I don't think this book is about the trolley problem.'"
Well thank gahd for that. He didn't specify who would have been tied to the tracks and we think he might not have been being 100% truthful about this ending as a possibility, but we still get the feeling neither Gus, Hazel Grace or Isaac would've fared too well if John had got his way with that one.