John Green’s Biography

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John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages.

In 2007, Green and his brother Hank ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through videoblogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they also planted thousands of trees around the world in May of 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday.) Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload two videos a week to their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video. He is also an active Twitter user with more than 1.2 million followers.

Green’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. Green grew up in Orlando, Florida before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College.

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The fault in our stars is my favourite book!!!!! First time i read it on german. Than, i read it in English.

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Moriah Yancy October 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Dear John Green,

Hi, my name is Moriah, and I’m a HUGE fan of you and your work. This message is composed of a couple of questions concerning two of your books, Papertowns, and The Fault In Our Stars. The first question inquires about PT, when Quentin states near the end of the novel, “ What a treacherous thing to believe that a person in more than a person. ”
What exactly is he talking about? I understand that Margo has always been this abstract idea to him, a girl he observed from afar. In a way, he sort of sees her as some kind of queen, or goddess. Untouchable, and above everyone else. Is that what Q means by that sentence? He’s spent so much time thinking of her as perfection itself , but not as an actual person? My thoughts are just a bit conflicted on that one.
My second question is for TFiOS, mildly concerning Gus’s misguided (in my opinion) belief that only a life laid down for another is a meaningful one. In the book, while Isaac is grieving for his breakup with Monica, and he and Augustus are playing Counterinsurgence, we see that Gus unapologetically devotes all of his time playing the video game to laying his life down for the other pixelated characters in the game. Now, let’s say that it wasn’t a game, and you had the choice to either preserve your life or someone else’s, the latter option resulting in your death. If you chose to save the other person by eradicating yourself, could that technically be viewed as suicide? I know only what people have told me: that suicide is a choice. So, if you are choosing to lay down your life for another, is that suicidal or is it noble?
Assuming that there is a Hell, that’s probably where one would go after killing themselves, at least, that’s what I’ve heard. But would you still be damned if you had willingly sacrificed yourself? Or would your nobility save you?
I guess the second question isn’t really about Fault or Augustus, I’ve just always wondered this, and after reading TFiOS, I continued to go over these thoughts more frequently. I’ve heard that the noblest life is one laid down for another, and if that’s true, are you rewarded or punished for choosing to end, even if the choice is made to save someone else? I’ve also heard that killing yourself is killing yourself, whether to preserve somebody’s life or not.
But I just don’t see how throwing yourself in front of a car or a bullet to protect a person can be suicide when they aren’t selfish acts. I mean, isn’t suicide viewed as selfish? And is putting someone else’s life before your own not selfless?
I apologize if my questions fail make any sense. I can barely understand them myself, which is probably why I can’t think of an answer to them. However, if it isn’t any trouble, I would really appreciate a reply to this message, even if that reply doesn’t contain answers.

Yours most sincerely,
Moriah Yancy

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Caeli Reed October 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Moriah,
I read your post. I must say, you ask very intellectual questions. I may not be John Green or anything, but I think that could answer your suicide question. You talk about going to hell because you commit suicide . However, is this not what Jesus did to preserve the happiness of the humans of the world. Is this not suicide for a greater cause? So yes, I think that if you committed suicide for depression or other such things, you will go to hell. But if you will be sent to hell because you opted to save a person with your own life, then Jesus gave himself up to damnation for the idiots who will again go to ruin them selves on earth, and seek damnation themselves. Well done , Jesus! However, if god decided to let his son come back to heaven, while giving his human children to hell for committing suicide for others, then he is a shitty, hypocritical ruler, and I would refuse all religion, even sitting at the gates of heaven or hell.
I hope this answers you question in some way.
Thanks,
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Moriah Yancy October 21, 2014 at 9:37 am

Caeli Reed,

First of all, thank you so much for replying to the comment I left on this site, it means a great deal to me that you took the time not only to read my message, but to answer it as well. Though you aren’t John Green, I still exceedingly appreciate your response :).
What you have said in answer to one of my questions does, in fact, help. Actually, I think I understand your reply more than I understood my own questions! I believe that you are right as well, that laying your life down for someone else is not simply just choosing to end, but ending for the greater good of another person. I also think it depends on one’s reasons for sacrificing themself. If you do it, perhaps, because you believe that you have nothing left to live for, then it is an act of suicide in my opinion. However, if you’re preserving someone’s life to be selfless, and you seriously care more about their survival than your own, then it is an act of nobility. Like Jesus, dying on the cross, or whatever he did to save all of mankind. ( Though, I must say, it does seem like all the shit he went through has been for naught. Because when I look at the world, I don’t see a place without sin. )
So again, I thank you for your intricate and well thought-out reply, and am truly grateful for the knowledge and understanding that it has brought to me.

Best wishes,
Moriah Yancy

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Caeli Reed October 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Moriah,
I have a question for you! Do you agree with that? Do you agree that death for a greater cause is acceptable? I think you can know that someone else might agree with it, but that means nothing if you don’t have an opinion. Sorry to bother you.
Just wondering,
Caeli Reed

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Moriah Yancy October 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Caeli,

It is no bother whatsoever! I appreciate your interest in my opinion. And I do, in fact, have one, but I’m not sure of how right it is. I believe that if there is one thing the creator of the universe wishes for us to do, it is to put other people before ourselves. A selfless world is a peaceful world, and is that not what “Jesus” died for? Now, I don’t think people should just go around jumping in front of cars or bullets, but spontaneous acts of bravery are what establishes hope and admiration in humans, and drives them to stand up for each other.
I don’t see how doing such things could result in punishment. I mean, it’s not you who is shooting the gun, or driving the car. But about every answer I’ve gotten to this question has stated that killing yourself if killing yourself, no matter the circumstance. And honestly, I think that’s utter horseshit. Yet still, I continue to ask the same question.

Moriah

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I have a couple more questions. Are you religious? If so, what is your religion? And, did john green ever reply to you?

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Moriah Yancy October 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

Caeli,

I suppose I am somewhat religious. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that he is real, and that he died on the cross and all that shit. However, I don’t find myself reading the bible everyday, or praying as often as I can. I know I should, but I don’t. And I’m beginning to think that I’m the worst Christian in the world!
And no, I’m afraid John Green has not replied to my message, at least I don’t think so. But you never know, he still might. I guess that’s one reason to pray now.

Moriah

Carola October 19, 2014 at 8:28 am

I just wanted to say THANK YOU John Green. Just this. Thank you for the feelings. I love your books. I know that everything I would say right now wouldn’t compare what I feel inside of me. So, just thanks. I love the way you write. Your books completely understand teens. I don’t know how you do it, but go on like that. Thank you again. You changed my life.

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Daniela October 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Hi Sir. John, my name is Daniela, I have 13 year old, I am one fan of your books, the book more special for me is The fault in our stars, is my favorite book, I have some questions for you of your best novel:
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How long does Hazel struggle along? Does she live to see her mother become Patrick? Does Lidewiji go back to work for Van Houten? Does he get a better life? What happens to Kaitlyn? And Isaac?
I did not care for the movie. My apologies. I did not feel that it gave the book the justice it deserved. Augustus Water never reached 18 I feel that this fact is so very important, that he was robbed of his adult hood by CANCER!!!!!!! I understand that if he had been a minor, they would have been complained about by those idiot parents that do not care about the significance of his short life, but the fact that this could only seem to be an ad for minors smoking!! This disappoints me. In the book, Hazel says that there are two ways that you can like a book,
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
“Then there are books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” This book is so special and rare for me. I actually feel a slight twinge of jealousy when other people read it.
The first time I read this book, we were driving to the airport. I was in the 3rd row of our car, on my own. Now that backseat it kind of closed in and seclusive. I love that backseat sometimes. Then Augustus started talking about dying. I burst into tears and could not stop crying. I died a little bit inside. My sister went to the point of handing me a treasury of Disney fairy tales, and of course the first one I opened up to was Bambi, which is a sad story. And yet, even though I cry every time I read it, I can not stop reading it! I just can’t. Hazel is my bast friend, Augustus my second best.
(Though I don’t like the movie that much, the actor that they picked for Augustus was so god damn perfect.)
Thank you for taking the time to read my overly long letter,
Caeli Reed

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Hi Mr Green, I was just wondering what inspired you to write The Fault In Our Stars. I love reading and every where I go I have a book, it took me 5 days to read The Fault In Our Stars. It was an inspiring book to read and it made me appreciate my family and friends even more!
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First of all, when you were writing the novel did you wanted Alaska to die? What happened to Alaska in the car crash, was it suicide or was it an accident? Did she have feelings for Miles, was he more than a friend? Also what happens to Mile’s friends at the end of it all? Did Miles seek his Great Perhaps or it is still wandering around? Was there anything else you wanted to put in the novel?
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Kathy Holser October 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I am an adult woman reading you for the first time. I find it jarring when while reading along I come across something that a character would never say. While reading Paper Towns I came to the part where your main character refers to “the matryoshka dolls”. THERE IS NO WAY a teenage boy would use that terminology.
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