FAQ

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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David Rausch September 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

Dear Mr. Green,

Why do you write?

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Beau Miles October 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Because i enjoy making people cry over beautiful stories.

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Heather Barrentine September 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Who is the illustrator of your books, particularly, Paper Towns?

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Natalia González September 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Dear Mr. Green
I just have to say thankyou for so much, because you give me reasons for read and read, i really love your books, i think their are my life, my life is short but if any person ask me “who is your favorite author of books?” my answer is clear and easy, it’s you, you are my favorite author, thanks for wonderful books.

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María García September 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Dear Mr John Green,
Hi, my name is Mary, i live in Spain so I may have some failure, and i love your book ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. I have four questions that i hope answer me. First: I dont understand why the book is named ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. Is because they drink the same champagne? by the phrase:’tonight all the stars are bottled for you’. Or because put:’Some might say they have not been born with star, that your world is different’. Second: why the book doesn’t end saying the same like in the movie?In the movie ends Hazel saying ‘Okay’, but in the book ends saying: ‘I like Augustus. I like’. Why? And third: What inspired you to create the character of Hazel? This interests me very much. And fourth: What happens with Hazel? Does she dies? Well, I hope answer me, and i wanted to tell you that you’re a great writer and that never stop to continue writing.
With admiration: Mary Garcia.

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Rebecca Sullivan October 2, 2014 at 2:56 am

Hello,

I know that you have probably been asked this question a million times but I can’t seem to find the answer I so desperately need to understand to ending. What does Gus mean when he says “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”
Thank you

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Sebastian October 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

This is a single interpretation so please be mindful to not let it stand as the sole answer. The way I understood it, he was describing our individual lives and how they can be affected. Green states, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.” He is saying that we all get hurt. No matter who you are or where you’re from, we all feel pain. He also says we have some choice in the matter. When you establish a connection or bond with a person or an animal or any entity you bare the risk of being hurt. But he says we make a decision in doing so and with who or what it is that hurts us. Gus is glad he was hurt by Hazel even though he knew it was inevitable. And he hopes Hazel liked her decision as well.

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Lisa October 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

hello john
I am currently making a project of you for my english class. I was wondering if something ever happend to you (ex. childhood experience, family issues, etc.) that would of influenced your writting, and how do you reflect it in your work.
thank you, Lisa

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Karina Siri October 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I love your work. Looking For Alaska is my favorite of your works. if you would be so inclined to please send me and information on future book signings in the United States. Please and Thank You.

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Katie October 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Hi I really enjoyed your book but would love to know what happens to hazel in the end of the book ?! I thought I would find out or did u purposely do the same as the author of hazels favourite book so that people would ask you the same questions hazel was asking ?

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Haley (15) October 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

Dear John Green,

The books you have written are inspiring,relatable, and amazing. What makes your books so amazing, is that everything you write about can really happen, and people can relate to the things you write about. How do you write such remarkable books? What inspires you when you are writing them?

•Haley Leal

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Bailey October 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I was browsing the internet (what else would i be doing other than reading?), and I stumbled across a possible new book of yours entitled “The Racket”…. ANy details?!?!

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cass October 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

Why would you make Hazel and Gus’ relationship so perfect? There is no such thing as a perfect relationship. I know that he died in all, but before that why so perfect.

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nicci October 8, 2014 at 4:02 am

he obviously has had a perfect relationship with his wife sarah and he cant imagine his life being out of place

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Katlyn Elisama October 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Hello Mr. Green, My name is Katlyn, I’m from Brazil … I had never heard of you, after I read his book “is to blame the stars” completely fell in love for their works, turned his fan too, I wish still read all your works, not even had a chance … you are to be congratulated! I hope you never lose the desire to write .. Thank you!

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Maria October 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Dear John Green would like to thank you for creating such a wonderful novel as a “blame the stars.” despite the fact that I never encountered with cancer I highly imbued product data and re-read more than once. These experiences I probably never experienced. Of course it would be very interesting what would happen in the future with Hazel and her parents but unfortunately it is not possible. On this again thank you so much for this book. Forgive me for my curve English.
Your Maria of Russia.

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Mia J. October 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I am writing a paper on you and you book the Fault in Our Stars and I was wondering:
Why did you write this book?

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Amanda Tillman October 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Dearest Mr. Green,
I must say I am quite a fan of your work. I have found it to be life changing. You have inspired me to get back into writing and reading again. I know I am a very good writer, although my editing skills are those of a two year old. I hope that one day I will be in print. My biggest dream is, as long as you’re willing, to co-write a book with you. I am currently a high school student and taking creative writing. Another fun fact is we have the same birth date, August 24th. My question to you today is How did you become in print? Did you start with local literary magazines or go straight for a publisher? How did you become so successful, or was it something you had to work up to? What would you recommend for me to do if I wanted to be in print? I write short stories, novels, and poems. I am just a young author trying to make a name for myself. Please write back. Love you lots. Thanks!
Sincerely,
Your most inspired fan
Amanda Tillman
P.S. email me if you ever want to hear how much more you have inspired me, especially with TFIOS

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Jose Luis October 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

Hi,
I am doing a work of you and I need some answers of you if possible
1- your awards
2-the reasons for writing
3-Futures works
thanks

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Devoiry October 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Dera Mr. Green,

I have no idea if you actually read the comments left to you on your website or if you ever respond to these comments, but on the offchance that you do read them to begin with, here goes:
I literally just finished reading every single one of your books. While I LOVED reading them (ask my parents i laughed straight through them all!!) I HATED, ABSOLUTELY ABHORRED how they ended! (I’m sorry cuz i really do believe you are a great and talented author) they just end. now i know you don’t necassarily believe in happily ever afters (an imperial affliction…) but i side with Augustus on this matter you don’t keep your end of the author/reader contract. your books are these amazing and hilarious love stories for teens officially but only the minor characters end up falling and staying in love…
now i have no idea if what i just wrote makes any sense or if i just rambled on like a complete idiot because who even knows if you will even read this! but i feel like hazel toward peter van houten i want to know what happens at the end of the books!!!!!!!!!!!!
as an aside i hate the fact that alaska dies!!
and im sorry about the fact my grammar turns terrible in the middle i just lost patience… :(

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SACKANDCLOTHES October 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm

I am a young author and would like some opinions on writing. Please? Thanks. I also have a blog that I would enjoy if people came onto and gave me some feedback ;) http://www.allthingscam.weebly.com

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Hannah October 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

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

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Tanya October 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

Dear John Green! I’m 11 years old. I read the best book in the world – The Fault In Our Stars. You killed me. You killed me! I cried, John Green. You are so brutally murdered Augustus. And not fair to be Peter Van Huten. I want to know what happened to Hazel. I really want to. Fight against cancer – is unknown to me feeling. My mom was sick with cancer. And I was 8 years old, I did not understand anything. My mother healthy. Completely. And I thank God that she is still alive. We go to church every Sunday. This is a miracle. Your book reveals everything you need to know. The world – not to carry out the desired factory. Your attracts accuracy. I read your book. I reread it. There’s so much meaning. I so want to hear me. Please write the answer if read it. I want to tell you too much, and communicate you do not know. Your little reader Tanya. (sorry for the mistakes, Google translator is not reliable.)

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Bob October 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

1. Is there a non-creepy/stalkerish way to ask a celebrity if there is any possibility of meeting them at a local event in the near future?

2. Is there any possibility of meeting you at any kind of event in Central Indiana in the near future?

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Paula de Castro October 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Please talk to me on twitter John I love you and your books so so much my twitter is @cyrusfault!!

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Paula de Castro October 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

John I love you and your books so so so so so so much, my favorite book is The Fault In Our Stars I love Nat, Shai, Ansel, You… Please talk to me on twitter: @cyrusfault pleaseeee!!!!!

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Letícia October 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

I really love your books and you … You are a great influence to me, his books helped me a lot (especially Paper Cities). I’m just a Brazilian teenager that only earth we can call our own, and you are a great American writer that only earth we can call our own, what we have in common is not just that inhabit this unique land that can call our own, and I think that also is not fact breathe, walk, eat, speak, feel … Oh God! As in common with what I believe my idol. What we really have in common? Hope! In his adolescence with their difficulties and fears, you got caught on something, something that made you fight, that makes you say no gravity pulling you down. And in my 14 years, I am honored to say that you are my “something” that makes me fight, which makes me say no to gravity tries to pull me down. Thanks for the inspiration, for its great history, by Sues sublime thoughts, do not pity but when you fall seven times get up eight, just thank you! PS .: I hope to one day have the honor of reading her shopping list in the supermarket, do it as a sign of victory.
Sincerely and with much appreciation, Leticia Magnavita.

Ps : I’m sorry for the bad translation !

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SERGIO PULIDO October 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Dear Mr Green.

The firts thing i’ll have to talk, thanks for support COLOMBIA in the past WORLD CUP it’s an honor your help and i appreciate that… 2 dias ago i see the movie TFIOS and i’ve been shoock, this has made me to buy you’re book in a few days. But i have a cuestions for you. What happend whit Hazel? what happend whit his story of love? in the movie ,just only i see a shorts scenes of their relationship. This also happens in the favorite book of Hazel.
well until now i’m study your best seller book, and i think read your others books, seriously!!! I would like to make another sequel of TFIOS and movie. in this moment i dont now if you are working in that, but i hope soo much.

thank’s Mr Green.

i’m apologize for my english, and orthography mistakes. YOU KNOW I’M A SHIT WRITER AND YOU ARE A GOOD WRITER.

From Bogota, Colombia.

Sergio Pulido.

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SERGIO PULIDO October 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Dear Mr Green.

Please do the final for HANZEL GRACE LANCASTER… a good one.

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Valeri October 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

Hello John Grin.menya name Valeriya.mne 22goda.ya your big poklonnitsa.Samaya my favorite book “paper town” .ja live in Rossii.u I had kidney failure , and now I live my life through gemodializu.v no relatives and friends. I do odinoka.no through your books , I felt much luchshe.Ya emerged from depression and also began to write knigu.v it is love , adventure and fictional yumor.eto istoriya.po the end of the book , I would really like you to read it and otsenili.mne only important for your opinion . sorry for the bad perevod.budu very glad to welcome you otveta.s respect Valeria .

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Chloe T. October 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Dear Mr. John Green,
You probably going to find this email familiar because I have tried to contact/correspond with you through email but you have discouraged me by not replying even though I had knowledge that you usually DON’T respond. I was just wondering if you could check out my story on wattpad.(no I am not trying to get you to recommend my book any where!) I just would like to know some helpful tips on writing even though I’m not a professional. I felt like it was a bummer that you had not responded to my email after I spent 2 hours writing this fan letter. I wasted all my free time for nothing because I was too focused on writing a fan-letter to my favorite author. Also I would like to know why you don’t respond to emails. Did you think of my letter as a scam/spam mail was it because I chose a horrible topic for the email. Any way I would like to know what happens to Hazel after the end of the book yes I know that there is no end to characters because of this being a flipping book. Yes I have read The Fault In Our Stars it was a really good book. No I am not a fan-girl that just watches the movie and then says that they are a expert on The Fault In Our Stars. I am not just some girl obsessed with freaking romance novels or romantic movies or other crap like that. Mean while just read my good email.

Chloe t.

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Une francophone October 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

Bonjour,
Je sais que vous ne comprenez pas ma langue, ou presque pas, mais il existe Google Traduction pour ça.
J’ai lu votre livre, et il m’a énormément marquée. Mon grand père est lui-même atteint d’un cancer du colon, du foie et des poumons. Je ne suis peut-être pas médecin, mais je sais qu’il ne tiendra pas longtemps. Votre livre m’a fait comprendre que la vie vaut la peine d’être vécue, et si ce n’est pas pour nous, alors pour ceux qui n’ont plus la chance de vivre la leur. Lorsque Gus est mort, j’ai eu un choc. “Ce livre sort du commun.”. C’est ce à quoi j’ai pensé en lisant ce passage. En lisant “Nos étoiles contraires”, j’ai pleuré, j’ai ri, je suis devenue agressive, et je ne pensais plus qu’à une chose ; Continuer !
J’ai toujours adoré lire, mais votre livre est de loin mon préféré. Je ne sais d’ailleurs pas si je retrouverai un jour un livre à la hauteur du votre.
Sachez que je vous respecte beaucoup, et j’espère que vous aurez ce message, car ce serait dommage que vous ne preniez pas un demi heure de votre temps chaque soir pour lire les messages de vos lecteurs, qui, je suis sûre, seront bénéfiques pour vous. Pouvoir s’endormir en se disant “J’ai créé quelque chose qui plait aux gens, qui pousse les jeunes à ouvrir un livre.” ne peut être que fabuleux.
Je lis à présent “Qui es-tu Alaska?” et il est vraiment bien, mais pas aussi marquant que “Nos étoiles contraires”.
J’espère, avec ce message, vous prouver l’immense respect que je vous porte,
Une francophone.

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Elli October 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm

is it true that Cara Delevingne will be Margo in the movie to Paper Towns?

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Jaimee Mills October 23, 2014 at 9:21 am

I want nothing more than to actually talk to you personally about your book The Fault in our stars. I am a 17 year old senior in high school and my opinion may not matter but I will give it anyway. I am by no means mocking your book but I am a lot like Hazel I want to know what is next for her. I guess what I really want to know is will there be another book? I absolutely loved this book!! I cannot put it anymore simple than that. I simply COULD NOT put it down. Also is an imperial affliction an actual book? I understand if you cannot answer these questions and I would love to read more of your material. what ever you suggest that is thank you for your time please reply.

your’s truly Jaimee Mills

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Emily Isom October 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

Mr. Green,

Hi I am a 7th grade student. I’m writing a paper on you for my Language class I was wondering if you have ever struggled with writing? If so when and how? Also how was your household makeup as a child?(Like were you parents divorced?)

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Sarah Fenton October 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

When did you decide it was time to publish your first book? How did you go about doing this? It’s a daunting task, do you have any advice on the subject?

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Savannah Grier October 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Why did you begin to write

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Michelle October 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

Dear Mr. Green,
my name is Michelle and I have got two questions. At first I wan to tell You that You are a genius. I love Your books, your metaphores. You are writting about real life so I think that´s the reason why Your stories don´t have happyends. Life don´t always have happyend. My questions are:
1. Did Alaska kill herself or not?
I think You don´t end it, cause You want all of Your readers to make their own views. I think she doesn´t kill herself. Maybe she was going to take that flowers to her mom grave, but she looked at that flowers and think about what she was always doing with her mom and then it happend. But I want know what do You think about it.
2. Did Hazel Grace died?
I read The Fault In Our Stars third times and I know Augustus Waters died, but what about Hazel?
If you read this, I want to tell you thank you, cause You are the best writter on this planet. I hope you will answer my questions, cause I can´t sleep and I think about it. I love you!
-Michelle

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Desert Plants October 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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really wants to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that
I personally will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a
fresh spin on a subject that has been discussed for a long time.
Excellent stuff, just excellent!

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Cátia October 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Dear John Green,
My name is Cátia I’m 17 years old and I live in Portugal (in a city called Coimbra to be more specific) This town is very beautiful, and everyone is nice, but anyway, that isn’t the reason why I decided to write this “letter”.
I bought your book a year ago, “The Fault In Our Stars” and I may say that everytime I read a page I literally started crying because of the beautiful words you wrote there. I mean, how did you write that book? It’s so sad, but it’s so beautiful at the same time. It is probably the most wonderful book I’ve ever read.
Thank you for writing the gorgeous things you write, you are an inspiration for the few people in my generation that have a brain, but really thank you very very much. I hope you´re happy and that you will write for many years (if that’s what you wish for). If you ever think about coming to Portugal, please visit my city, I will have you as a guest with a lot of pleasure.
And if you ever write something so emotional like “the fault in our stars” please offer people a box of tissues because I think everyone cries a bit (specially the part of the gas station, and when Augusts Waters says, and I mencion, “I light up as a christmas tree”). Seriously you have the power to touch even those who don’t have a heart, really.
Thank you for wasting your precious time readind this, thank you a lot.

P.S We have the same birthday (24th August)

Lots of love, Cátia

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Jenny October 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I am writing for a school newspaper and was just wondering is there anything you can tell me about The Fault in Our Stars? Was there a life lesson? Why did you write it? Anything you can share about the book will be great, thank you.

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Lil October 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Do you have a new book coming out????

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madelyn October 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm

how would i site this source

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Aravind October 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

Dear Sir
I am a huge fan of your books especially The Fault In Our Stars But When I reached the end of the book i had some questions left in my mind

1: will hazel die or survive ?
2: will issac get robotic eyes in the future ?
3: have you compared your book as that of an imperial affliction?

thank you for writting a book which touched our hearts and hope you answer to my questions

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Luisa October 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Dear Mr Green,

I am writing to express the utmost appreciation I have for you in regards to your books and in particularly, the ‘issues’ you address.

The way in which you treat death and mortality is a new and refreshing perspective often not evoked by other writers. It is highly respectable of you to expose the reality of suicide and cancer from the perspective of a young adult as many are able to relate and thus find a sense of comfort in your novels.

I would also like to thank you for sharing your talent with the world and inspiring so many people to do so too.

Thank you once again,
Regards,

Luisa
Sydney, Australia

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