I’m a person who is known for falling in unrealistic love with men both real and fictional. (For example, see every post I’ve made about Supernatural. Ever.) I’m a fangirl, and these things happen. And sure, normally these loves involve incredibly good looking men with big muscles, sarcastic-verging-on-angry humor and unbelievable ass-kicking skills. But this time…
This time it’s different.
John Green was a name I’d seen often enough in book recommendations and best seller lists, but I’d never picked up anything he’d been associated with. Not because they didn’t sound interesting or compelling, but because his work was always pegged as being sad. And I’m the sort of person who doesn’t like reading sad things. It’s not my idea of a good time. But then I picked up The Fault in our Stars, and I’m pretty sure changed my whole outlook on life and death.
Green’s fourth novel revolves around 16-year-old cancer patient Hazel who is forced to attend Cancer Kid Support Group where she meets Augustus Waters, a 17-year-old amputee who is “on a roller coaster that only goes up.” Just like you’d expect from any book about kids with cancer, The Fault in our Stars will break your heart. There’s no doubt about that.
When I finally took the time to read Green’s work, it was just over three months after my grandfather had passed away from his own battle with cancer. So reading the various character’s stories within TFIOS was, to say the least, like rubbing raw nerve endings together. But it was also therapeutic. And the language that Green blends together throughout the novel made me laugh, cry, think and continue reading through it all. Reading TFIOS marked the first time I’d fallen in love with an author and not a character that was created.
Green has an insightful way of phrasing things that made them creep into my skull and never want to leave. It’d be more than enough if it were just his writings that made me think so much, but if you just listen to one of his videos on the YouTube channel vlogbrothers that he shares with his brother, Hank, you’ll see that Green is fast-talking word master in real life as well. Both the author and his brother make amusing videos, addressed to one another, that, while funny, are also incredibly insightful and intelligent. I feel like I gain IQ points every time I watch.
So yes, I have unrealistically fallen in love with John Green, an author that can write such touching stories as well as having thought provoking conversations with a video camera that eventually helps thousands of YouTube viewers. Who wouldn’t fall in love with that?