John Green: Star Author, Vlogbrother, and Nerdfighter (Gateway Biographies)
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Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2014, John Green is a bestselling author of many award-winning titles for young adults, including Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. The latter book also became a motion picture. Together with his brother, Hank Green, John cofounded the YouTube channel VlogBrothers. At first, they used the videoblogs as a communication experiment, but soon they were speaking to millions of fans who, as a community, call themselves Nerdfighters and are dedicated to being "awesome." Learn how John went from interning as a hospital chaplain to becoming a hugely popular author and social media engager, with millions of followers around the world.
that off! But he didn’t try to back out. He had made a promise. He got to work in his home in Indianapolis. He signed while watching TV and while making videos. Sometimes his wife sat next to him and added a drawing of a yeti to the page—an inside joke for Green fans. Green often likened his wife to a yeti (a mythical creature that people say is very rarely seen) because he mentioned her in his videos yet she’d never appeared in one. Green set about his task with great determination. Over the
invisible rabbit. Ott had suggested before that Green watch the silly film, which was Ott’s favorite movie. Green drove from Chicago to Orlando with his dad, and over the next two weeks, he went to daily Green credits the movie Harvey with helping him through a dark time in his life. 18 therapy and found better medication. He also watched Harvey. “I woke up the morning after watching Harvey feeling a little bit better,” Green said of watching the movie. “And in all the years since, I have
crossover appeal—meaning it might be read by people who don’t normally read YA. She and the publishing team felt that girls, boys, and adults would all read it. They gave it a cover that would appeal to all those groups. Part of the reason The Fault in Our Stars felt like a hit in the making was that it defied categorization. It was appealing on many different levels. It was about much more than love and cancer. And for a novel largely about death, it was often funny—like all John Green books—and
the rights to make TFIOS into a movie. Green was very nervous about selling these rights. It was important to him that any movie stay faithful to the core of the book. He wanted to make sure that producers didn’t add a happy ending or make the characters into heroes just 35 because they are sick. He said, “People living with cancer are very much like people who are not living with cancer. They’re every bit as funny and complex and diverse as anyone else.” Green also felt that Hollywood movies
2012 He publishes The Fault in Our Stars, a love story involving two teenagers with cancer. It quickly soars to No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. 2013 His daughter, Alice, is born. 2014 The movie based on The Fault in Our Stars is released in June. 41 Source Notes 9 Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, “Tweeting from a La-Z-Boy, an Unfinished Book Hits No. 1,” Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2011, http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230445060 457641816191239681. 13