The Fault In Our Stars, a young adult book about a girl with cancer, is exactly the kind of stuff I ignore generally. That way lies schmaltz and treacle, and I'm past schmaltz and treacle (although if I make it to 60 I expect to regain a taste for it. Just seems natural). But many trustworthy people have told me that the book is actually great, and truly devastating in the best possible way and that it avoids a lot of the pitfalls you'd associate with 'young adult book about girl with cancer.'
I will eventually read the book, but I may wait until after I see the movie. Shailene Woodley, one of the most exciting young actors in Hollywood, stars as the cancer girl, and this trailer - while leaning on stuff that looks schmaltzy and treacly - got my attention. It's definitely the kind of role that puts Woodley into the 2015 Oscar conversation - always try to die or otherwise suffer if you want to get an award while you're young - and it's definitely the kind of movie that tugs at the heartstrings of your crotchety old Badass-in-Chief.
Have you read the book? I'm curious about your thoughts.