Filipinos dubbed 'most obsessed' fans of TFiOS

Posted at 06/07/14 4:09 PM

MANILA - Philippines on Saturday beat out the United States, Singapore, and Australia, as the home of the 'most obsessed' fans of the hit young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

Citing data from Google, the Time Magazine reported that the Philippines' search volume index for the term "The Fault in Our Stars" more than doubles that of the US--home of the book's author, John Green.

According to the article, the Philippines scored a total of 100 followed by the US (44), Singapore (38), Australia (37), and New Zealand (36).

Jack Linshi, who wrote the report, offered his explanation on why the novel is widely-beloved by Filipinos.

He said that according to the country's National Commission for Culture and the Arts, "Filipino literature, including fiction, was heavily influenced by American works" during the U.S. colonization of the Philippines (1898-1946).

Linshi added that English has been an official language in the Philippines since 1935 and that the popularity of romance novels called "Tagalog pocketbooks" may have played a part in the book's success in the country.

The Fault in Our Stars, the fifth novel of Green, tells the love story of teenagers Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, who met at a support group for cancer patients.

The novel, launched 2011, was among the bestselling books of that year in both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It also topped the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Books for two weeks in January and February of 2012.

The film adaptation of the book, which carries the same name, made its big screen debut on Thursday. It garnered a positive reception and currently has an 82 percent approval rating on the review website Rotten Tomatoes.