Q. So this is the frequently asked questions section of your site.

A. That’s not a question, but yes. To be fair, I’ve also included many infrequently asked questions in the name of completeness. The FAQ is divided into the categories below so as to keep it shorter than a novel.

Q. You have not answered my question.

A. You seem to have a very limited understanding of what a question is. But okay, if you have a question that is not answered in the FAQ, please leave that question in the comments of the appropriate section (or, if you cannot decide upon a section, you can leave it in the comments of this post), and I will try to answer it. Thanks!

Biographical Questions for Your School Project, Which I Am Really Flattered You Chose to Do about Me
Questions about Looking for Alaska
Questions about An Abundance of Katherines
Questions about Paper Towns
Questions about Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Questions about The Fault in Our Stars
Questions about Other Writing and/or Radio Stuff
Questions about YouTube and/or Vlogging
Questions about Where I Get My Ideas, Inspiration, and General Writing Stuff
Questions about My Books Being Turned into Movies

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kenzie May 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Ever since I first read looking for alaska it has haunted me on what the labyrinth is! I was surprised this isn’t a commonly asked question considering everyone has different views on what it is, so if you may, what does the labyrinth represent?


❤️Alaska_Young❤️ June 30, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Hi you :)
Just thought to answer you’r question… Don’t know why… Maybe ’cause I love “Looking For Alaska”?!
The labyrinth represent the “Life” I’d say.
How us… Humans spend so much time on thinking of the past and of our mistakes, how our mistakes become our fear!
How we allow things, small things to control our lives…
In the novel Alaska had allowed her past with her mother and other stuff to control her way to happiness.
By not forgiving herself… At the end of the book when “Pudge” finishes the paper due he mentions that the way out of the labyrinth is forgiving people and OURSELVES mainly!
“Let guilt teach you how to behave next time.”
Of curse the labyrinth of sad life is different from one to another…
But it has the same key. :)
Love: ❤️Alaska❤️ ;)


Holly May 30, 2015 at 7:14 am

Dear John Green.
Your book the Fault In Our Stars, has in a ways shaped my life.
Gus and Hazel made me realize how lucky I am to be healthy and living.
You do not know how much your books mean to me.
I sometime wish I could talk to Hazel and Gus and understand their pain.
I have asked and asked my parents if they can take me to Amsterdam so I can sit on the very special bench.

Your characters have become my friends, I know it may sound weird but they are very close to me.
I love them more than some of my real friends if I am completely honest. So I just want to thank you for what you have created and even though it’s unlikely you will see this-
Just know the effect you have had on people accord the globe.
I am thankful.
Goodbye John Green.
Yours Truly


TFIOSANTO September 12, 2015 at 4:48 am

I feel the same :)


دانلود فیلم June 7, 2015 at 10:10 am

Do you have a new book coming out ???


دانلود فیلم June 7, 2015 at 10:17 am

hi again Why does Van Houten mention Philippa Foot’s Trolley Problem at the end of the book to Hazel???


Yasmin Costa June 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Hi. My name is Yasmin and I am Brazilian. I love very much your books, especially The Fault in Our Stars. My boyfriend has cancer. Lymphoma. He is not dying like Augustus, but he’s battling beautifully, as well as Anna. He will do bone marrow transplant later this year and I hope that it he stay good. I’m doing a book about our love story and how he fights to win. My English is not very good, I apologize for that. I’m using Google translator. I would love to know if it’s true An Imperial Affliction. I wish I could read every one of the nearly 600 pages. Please do not let me answer. I wonder also because you always end up their books with deaths. At least, my two favorite just like that. Augustus and Alaska. Hope I’m not invading their privacy. With great affection and admiration, Yasmin Costa.


Grace W June 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Hi, my name is Grace and I am from Florida. Your books have truly inspired me. They have made me have a new outlook on life and I greatly appreciate it. I had one question and it is, are you planing on writing anymore books in the future? I have read all your books, including Let It Snow, with the exception of An Abundance of Kathrine’s. I am very eager to read more of your writings and I was hoping there would be more of your books in the near future.
Thank You, Grace Waldron Miss. Sunshine State of Florida


Grace June 22, 2015 at 12:17 am

So after reading Paper Towns, I was inspired to do something spontaneous and mysterious with my summer. I decided to create this fake person named ‘Sherry’. I then proceeded to text my friends with mysterious addresses and times about once a week. I set up clues and such as a scavenger hunt at various places. The mysterious ‘Sherry’ was someone that ‘only I knew the identity of’ and ‘told me to do these experiments’ and ‘is the mastermind behind these clues’. I was amused by their confusion and frustration. I told my friends that if they could guess who Sherry is by the end of the summer, that they would receive a fabulous prize. I also told them that each ‘Sherry Trial’ (what I call the scavenger hunts or whatever else I decide to do) contained clues to Sherry’s identity.

My spontaneous prank is going wonderfully, and my friends love the mystery. However, it has one fatal flaw.

I have no idea who Sherry could be.

I have only had 2 ‘trials’ thus far. The major clues were that Paper Towns inspired me to do this and that Sherry loves the color green. At the time, I thought John Green would be the perfect Sherry.

However, I accidentally gave them too many hints and my friend guessed John Green.

It was too early in the summer to give up and let Sherry’s identity be revealed. And so I told her that John Green was not Sherry.

So, it was back to the drawing board. As I thought about who else could possibly be Sherry, I was deeply saddened by first plan being shot down. I thought a back up Sherry could be Cara, who will be the fabulous actress of Margo, however she never responded to my Instagram message. I’m sure she’s impossibly busy, not to mention the thousands of messages she must get from fans.


And so, here I am, sending you both this email. I beg you to respond. Only to say that you are Sherry, so that I can have a cool ending to the whole Sherry fiasco. I can be like ‘look friends, Hank Green emailed me. Hank is Sherry. Hank and John Green are Sherry’s.’

I realize that you two must get thousands of emails and probably won’t even read this message. Even if you do, how could you possibly have time to respond? I don’t know. This is a stupid email. But I want to at least try.

If you happen to stumble upon this email, and then happen to have spare time to respond, all I need is this-

(Pretend like I emailed you and complemented your amazing Vlogbrothers channel and gabbed about Paper Towns)

Say something along the lines of thank you, that I should do something spontaneous with my youth, and when you were young you had a spontaneous friend named ‘Sherry’ or you had a game called ‘Sherry’ where you did spontaneous things. Just something related to Sherry. Then say something about how scavenger hunts are a good idea. And then say to ‘keep you updated’ and ‘always go the Sherry route’ or something random. Then say pranks are also fun, and having mystery always keeps a fun vibe. Say that you are sure I will think of something cool, and that you’d love to hear about it through email.

(I don’t really know what else should be included in letter, however if you email me back I will be happy no matter what. Even if it’s just to say ‘great to hear from our fans.’ And the end. I would be ecstatic to get that.)

And lastly, (this is optional, I’m sure I could come up with an idea) a suggestion for the grand prize. I thought about getting a signed copy of TFIOS or Paper Towns, however I do not live anywhere that I could get one signed. I also thought about ordering a couple
I HEART SHERRY t-shirts. But I what do I know about making an I HEART SHERRY t-shirt? Absolutely nothing.
Any ideas?

So yeah. I once apologize for this odd email. Love Vlogbrothers and John green books always:D


♥Alaska_Young♥ June 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

Hello Mr.Green.
I am a huge fan of all of you’r work,especially “Looking For Alaska” and “The Fault In The Stars”.
I just finished Re-reading “The Fault In Our Stars”, and I of curse LOVED it I really did. Mr.Green I loved the quote you left at the 6th page of the book:”As the tide washed in, the Dutch Tulip Man faced the ocean:
“Conjoiner rejoinder poisoner concealer revelator. Look at it, rising u and rising down, taking everything with it.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
Water,” the DutchMan said. “Well,and time.”
-Peter Van Houten,An Imperial Affliction.
Well Mr.Green I looked it up at google and well… What I found out is the book is not real. That “The fault in our stars” and “An imperial affliction” is 2 stories in one book. Main story and a side story I guess.. Yea lets call it that.
I know it’s silly but sir, Can you please write “An Imperial Affliction” novel? The same story in “The Fault Of our stars?” With an ending?
And that quote above?
Please tell me if that is possible sir.
Thank you.


Aya Samy June 29, 2015 at 1:45 am

hey Mr.John
I’m Aya Samy from Egypt and i have read your books and i really loved them very much
i don’t know actually if you will read or even see my message but i actually i have a serious question
Is “An Imperial Affliction” a real book or not ??
i had searched for it more than any other book in all libraries and online stores
i have read many articles some of them said that it is real and other said it is not
i wish you read my message and answer me
i also wish i can have my dream true and meet you one day and have your signature
thanks in advance :D


Ethan Mayefsky June 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Good Afternoon John,
I looked for a way to contact you privately but couldn’t find one. I am a writer as well, and have 4 self-published books and they all take place in and around Roscoe, NY (my mother and her family were born and raised there).
What are the chances of possibly getting some help in getting them read and considered for publication?
Can you help in any way?
Thank you,


Madalyn June 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Dear john
I am a MASSIVE fan of paper towns. This book has helped me so much in my life, because when I read it I was going through some rough times, and when your book was talking about Q and Margo and the unpredictable adventures Margo went on it created a small escape from the dreadful real world and even helped me meet other nerdfighters. So when I found out about the tour I instantly took to tumblr and voted for texas like crazy. When the results were released I was extremely thrilled, But today when the dates were released I realized that on the 16th I was going to be at camp. So I was wondering if the dates are exact. I know one nerdfighter won’t change the date but I was hopeful that maybe there is a very small chance there might be other variables that might change the texas date to the next day or another date. I really hope you could reply to this so that I can stop obsessing over the fact and get over it or hold on to that sliver of hope I still have.
From a hopeful nerdfighter


Andri & Nagia July 7, 2015 at 7:03 am

Dear Mr J. Green
We are Andri and Nayia and we’re huge fans of your books. We are on 3rd and 4th grade respectively. We live in Cyprus a small island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Recently we both read some of your books and we could say that they were amazing. They were so emotional that we were crying and laughing, but mainly crying, for days. We encourage you to write more books like these.
The books that affect us more were “The Fault in our Stars” and “Paper Towns”. Reading those FANTASTIC books some questions came to our mind and we think that you are the one who can answer them. Here we would like to say that this idea came from “The Fault in our Stars”. We’re doing something like Hazel and Augustus did. Only we’re not writing for the ending of the book but of extra information.
We would be really grateful if you get this mail. Some years before we wrote to another author that we really appreciate, J. K. Rowling, but the message didn’t manage to reach to the author but to her manager and we were kind of disappointed. Anyway we would love to have an answer to the following questions as soon as possible.
1. From where did you inspire for the names of the main characters of your books.

2. Which is your favourite of all your books

3. Why did you start writing this kind of books?

Moreover we would be pleased if you help your books be translated into more language because we think that they are very good and they worth be reading from all over the world. Here in Cyprus for example where we speak Greek we only have “Paper Towns”, “The Fault in our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska”.
Thank you in advance and we believe that you will do your best.
With love
Andri Vrachimi & Nayia Koushiou


Marie Claire July 7, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Dear John,
Ok , this beginning was kind of weird, but that’s okay , I’m from Brazil and I do not live in Rio de Janeiro. My name is Marie and I have fourteen years, I live in Fortaleza and I would like to know it, but let’s say I have no money. So I thought I would write to you.
The reason I am writing is not what you’re thinking, I will not ask you for money or to invite me to visit him as The Fault In Our Stars, all I want is just your answer, be possible?
I’m a big fan, I’m not the one who read all the books or the one who knows everything about you, but I am the one who freaked out when you appeared on TV. When I get older I want to write as well as you , for now I just write fanfiction about One Direction.
I hope your answer and if it never comes, okay, at least I tried.

Love always,


Line Kiaer July 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Will you male more books, I love chose you have made but I would LOVVEEE more books! I hope you will, when I read your books I get sucked into them. I read ‘looking for Alaska’ in 4 days:)
-Line, from Denmark;)


Cindy July 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Dear John,
I’m currently reading The Fault In Our Stars(after i’ll be reading Paper Town) Which have inspired me to ask many questions and to write this. I have many questions you may or may not be able to answer but i’m very curious on what happends after Augustus dies. I wish that you (John Green) would’ve done a book after Tfios. For an example what happends to Hazel and Isaac? Does Monica ever contact Isaac? What happens to Augustus parents? Or Hazels parents opinion on how Hazel was after Gus died?


Charlie Joy July 19, 2015 at 12:05 am

Dear John Green,
I am a huge fan of your books and would like to have a few questions answered:
1. What would have Alaska Young’s last words been?
2.Does Q ever visit Margo?
3. Can you please write a book based around this sentence, feel free to change the names:
“Aloha wants to die, Casper is dying. All I want is for everyone to live…”
4. Can you please give me the recipe for bufriedos
5. Where do you get the names for your characters from?
6. Can you please make a movie for An Abundance of Katherines!
My friend and I really like writing and reading(your books), please check out my storybird acct(storybird.com) it’s called AmityAzalea. Please leave feedback.
I hope you continue to write more books for me to fangirl over,


Noé July 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

Hello John Green,

Who will be the director of casting for ”Looking for Alaska”?

I love your universe so much. And it will be my biggest dream to be a part of yours.

Thank you to answer (I wrote to you on Facebook, can you answer me please?)


Emily July 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I have a question about the book title “The Fault in Our Stars”. I was wondering if it was a reference of when people say “I can that my lucky stars”? I was also wondering if you would ever consider doing a book series?


Jen July 26, 2015 at 2:59 am

Love your books so much there awesome


Grammar King August 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm



Kate July 26, 2015 at 3:06 am

Dear john green
Are they gonna make a movie of looking for Alaska will you be directing the movie and will you be writing anymore books.


Daniel Balazs Fulop July 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Dear John,

I’m getting slowly to finish all of your books and I love them to the most but there is one thing bugging me about them.

Why are your protagonists always single children?

I so much would like to read a book from you which unfolds the mysterious bounds between siblings! How sometimes you hate and love your brother at the same time… Have you ever thought of writing a book about that?

P.s.: If you are short on proofreaders, I will be more than happy to help: with 3 brothers and 1 sister I have plenty of experiences!


Jennifer July 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Dear John,
This is a question about Paper Towns. How is it that Margo leaves behind all these clues, (such as the piece of paper with the address in Q’s door, and the highlighted words in the poem) although she didn’t mean for anyone to find her?


Jennifer July 29, 2015 at 12:39 am

Dear John Green
First I am proud to say that his books are really fantastic, and I like how it develops the frames, but good is that you have nothing to do with the movies, but I just saw cities of paper and I figured the end would return Margo. I expect that to happen, but still excellent story. ♥


Antoine Aragon August 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Did Margo Roth Spiegelman find her way out of the labyrinth of suffering?


Eddie Lara August 8, 2015 at 4:40 am

Among all your novels John, what character you enjoy writing the most?


Mindy August 9, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Hey john I love all your books and the two movies you have so far are really great!!! So I’ve noticed that both Lindsey lee Wells (I feel like I have to say her full name idek) and Alaska wear electric blue nail polish, out of curiosity what color do you exactly mean by electric blue. When I look it up I got light blues and dark blues and everywhere in between but no distinct colour (I’m Canadian I have to use a “u”). I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with finding out what u meant by electric blue but I am and it would be great if u could answer. Thanks again if u got a chance to read this I know ur busy!


Katelyn August 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm

OMG I love paper towns Margo is like me adventureus.Just wanted to ask what inspired u 2 write the book thank u xx


Diego Sossa August 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Hola John Green, soy de Colombia, si soy un lector colombiano que dicha, puedo decir que tengo la fortuna de poder encontrarme con grandes libros como los suyos, la verdad es que me son geniales sus libros, la manía, la eficacia y la realidad que hay es sus libros son interesantes, creame cuando le digo que, nunca había leido algo de esa manera y encontrarme con un escritor como usted no solo te lleva a pensar que tan bueno es Dios o como de la manera poco ortodoxa se presenta la vida en un segundo y te das cuenta que mucho escriben pero no todos escriben la realidad, Dios te dio el talento, quiero perdirle un favor por si puede contestar este largo pero a la vez corto mensaje, quiero hablar de una enigmatica historia de un chico enamorado y que vive enredado en ciertos, claro esta también quiero como Agustus Waters presentarle a mi chica, el escritor que ambos admiramos, con gran aprecio y deseandole muchas bendiciones de parte de Dios, te bendigo con bendición del cielo, es un placer haberle escrito, muchas gracias, por si lee este mensaje.
Dios te bendiga!!!


virginia August 21, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Hello! a pleasure! I am virginia. From Argentina and want to introduce my new project called “Magical”. A song that I wrote for one of my favorite books “Looking for Alaska”. I did not find another form of contact with the amazing John Green. So this is the closest way that i have for that he knows about me.
I want this to reach your ears.
It would be an honor.
Many thanks!


Ingrid Morais August 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

John Green, just read Who are you Alaska?
And again another book your loved our ever read, it is the fault of the stars, city paper, the Who are you Alaska? It exceeded all my expectation. Undoubtedly was the most time I think was the phrase that the teacher made for students that is: How do you engagements, especially, will come out of this labyrinth of suffering?
never a question made me think so much, and I can say that is a question that will continue to reflect. As our loved Alaska, is talk that I cried more when he learned that she had died, even more when I saw the despair of Miles. Only his books make me cry like that. #Risos
Thanks for writing such wonderful books, and lead your readers to a beautiful world of thoughts. I’m a big fan of his work and have all your books. I live in Brazil, precisely in Piauí. You keep writing more and more books, God bless you, your family and each stanza of a new book. Oh and I do not read the spoilers before reading the whole book. #Palmas
Nothing better to end like this:
- If we were to rain, I seiria the drizzle and it would be the storm – Miles.


Camilla September 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Hello John! I’m from Italy and I want to tell you that “Paper Towns” is a great book. But today (3 september) i saw the film “Paper Towns” and I sai a little disappointed because some scenes were cut short and the film didn’t describe all the scenes sa in the book. Oh and the casting fits is perfectly.So i think that the book is the best ever! I love “Paper Towns” . Congratulations. Camilla


Sadie September 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Did the book mention what school they attended or no


Oseana Brown September 8, 2015 at 2:49 am

Hi there,
I am doing a research study on you. I have read a heap load about you, wow that sounded creepy. I am intreged by the way you percieve simple ideas of life and turn it into something greater, such as teenagers, suffering, oblivion, compassion..many more. Its amazing what you have accomplished, “what is the point of being alive if you dont at least try do something remarkable”. John Green, you have done the remarkable
Thank you
Oseana, 15 yrs


Sarah September 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

How do I get John to come and make speeches at my high school? I would really like if he would!


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Danielle Arthur September 25, 2015 at 7:21 am


I’m looking to buy a signed copy of either fault in our stars or looking for alaska.

I wanted to know if it’s a signed book as in autograph only? Or if it’s a message from John Green?

My sister Deanna, absolutely adores his books and she’s applied to a New York University (we are from the UK) as she’s hoping to become an actress… we all know it’s a once in a lifetime chance of making it, but I just wanted to give her something on her birthday that will help inspire her to do her best – and I think that can only really come from a few words of encouragement written by her favourite author. Especially, as one of her favourites has just been made into a film and that’s where she’d like to be, acting it on the big screen! Is there anyway this can be done? I don’t mind paying extra?

Her birthday is the 21st October and I’d like to get it as a present for her.

Thanks in advance for reading,



Olivia Valenti September 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Dear John Green,

My name is Olivia Valenti and I’m a 7th grade student. I’m also a fan of your writing. I am an avid reader; therefore, my favorite subject is English. I have read all of your books and have found them to be very enjoyable and they leave me with many lasting thoughts. I have two younger siblings; one is 9 years old and I strongly advise him to read your books because I believe he can benefit from reading them.

The question I want to ask of you is related to your books. I would like to know what your thoughts and opinions are on Euthanasia or mercy killing. If a person is suffering from a fatal illness and there’s no cure for it, should that person be able to end his/her life on his/her own terms? For example, in The Fault In Our Stars, Hazel Grace Lancaster is terminally ill. Would it have been okay for her to end her life in order to end her suffering? Or, do you believe the people who are suffering with no end in sight to their pain should continue forward in life and persevere. Do they owe it to their loved ones to continue in case there may be a cure? I find this matter to be quite interesting because both sides of it have valid points. On the one side, you understand how the patient would not want to keep suffering. But on the other side, if you look at it from a family member’s point of view, it’s understandable to want the person to persevere and to be hopeful. This issue makes me think of the quotation from your book that Hazel says, “Pain demands to be felt.” Do you still agree or do you think some pain doesn’t need to be felt

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I know you are a very busy man, so this means a lot to me. I feel a connection to the character Hazel in the way that we are both writing to our favorite authors in anticipation of a response. Most people would consider this a very difficult question. I think for a person like you it will be easier to comprehend and answer because of the way your mind works. Thank you again for all the time you’ve but into your books so people everywhere can enjoy them.


Anna October 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

John Michael Green, excuse me, but you need a traductor. In Spanish.

¡Hola!, no me gusta ponerme tan formal a veces, ¿sabe? Pero con el hecho de poder redactar estas palabras ya es suficiente para sentirme a gusto. Probablemente nunca lea esto, pero si lo hace. Lo felicito.

Últimamente me he dado cuenta de que su fama no hace nada más que subir, con su talento en ella. Usted me da esperanza para un futuro, porque también me he dado cuenta de que este mundo está demente.

Sus palabras hacen que me de cuenta de que no todas las personas son malas. Me han hecho daño, Green. Pero eso me ha hecho fuerte, y hay que vivir con ello. Solo vengo a decirle que, por fin, encontré al indicado, al que con sus maravillosas obras, he reaccionado.

¿No te han preguntado alguna vez…, esa pregunta que nos hacen a todos (casi siempre)? ¿Esa pregunta sobre tu futuro y lo que vas hacer en ella? Supongo que sí. Pero es inevitable negar que esa pregunta me consume, porque nadie, absolutamente nadie, sabe lo que será en el futuro exactamente.

Por ejemplo, ahora la idea de escribir me ha vuelto loca. Pero antes, la idea de cantar, bailar y actuar también. No sé. Tal vez en el futuro sea un deprimente recepcionista, una política corrupta, o una profesora de matemáticas.

No lo sé. Pero, veo una conexión en todo, John. En los libros, en la naturaleza, en la relaciones, en la comunicación. En todo. Vive con nosotros, lo que me hace pensar, ¿de verdad vivimos?

No lo sé. Y si algún me preguntara algo, la respuesta sería esa. No lo sé.

Gracias por su tiempo y compresión,
Anna M. L.


Nikita October 10, 2015 at 1:24 am

Dear John Green,
I am Nikita and I live in Delhi, India. I am writing to you because I wanted you to know what I really feel about your books. Your books are something that would inspire me to keep reading and keep moving forward in life too! The connect you are able to form with your readers is magical and a thing that not every person can do. Your books like ‘ The Fault In Our Stars’ and ‘Paper Towns’ are not just books. They have left an impact on me and stay at the back of my mind almost always. I know that it would be difficult for me to ever meet you as I live in India which is really far from Indiana. Therefore, I found writing to you as the best option.
Thank you so much for always keeping me thinking and inspiring me by your writing. I would look forward to your reply.

Nikita Banerjee. (13 years)


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