oh Augustus is 100% pretentious. but thats what makes him Gus! John Green didnt write Augustus to be the ideal man for all men to live up to. he wrote him as a real person with flaws. i mean its super pretentious to go around turning everything into a metaphor and dying in video games to save video game children who can really only be saved by you winning the game, and to tell your dying girlfriend that if you’re not dying FOR something then its pointless.
but that said, he’s one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. because even though hes a “self-aggrandizing bastard,” hes still Gus.
so when people say that Augustus is pretentious, they are 100% correctamundo. but just because a character has flaws it doesnt mean they love the book or the character any less. thats like saying that because you have flaws, you arent worth loving. which would be pretty ridiculous.
honestly if you read that book and thought Gus was totally perfect in every way, then you need to read it again. loving someone isnt about being oblivious to their flaws. its about realizing them and loving that person in spite of them.
because Gus’s pretentious need to die heroically was, in fact, his fatal flaw.