5. Illustrated Text Messages
Especially in the early days of their relationship, Hazel and Gus communicate via text messages – just like ordinary teenagers, really. The filmmakers decided to visualize this by using doodled text balloons as text messages, instead of just cutting to a phone screen. This way, the audience can see Hazel’s and Gus’s reactions to the digital flirtations, which says much more than phone screens.
But what is so great about this visualizing, is that it is a subtle reference to “TFIOS” on social media. Ever since John Green’s novel was released in 2012, the online Tumblr community has made fan-art like the doodled text messages in the film, using their favorite quotes from the book.