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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Faeza-Z July 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

Dear John Green,

you havent answered any of my questions yet, and i donr blane you, but if you get a chance, answer this one:

do you think that charecters parish at the end of books? like peter van houton?

Faeza-Z

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Beth July 12, 2014 at 4:32 am

Hello there,
I doubt you’ve read my other comment so sure, I’ll do my best to turn it into a question and ask it here. Do you think that the song “Cigarette Daydreams” by “Cage the Elephant” (a song which I doubt you will have heard and should definitely listen to) would be a good song for the movie adaptation of ‘Looking for Alaska’?
:) Beth

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Fazakas Palma Monika July 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I ‘ve just finished “The Fault In Our Stars” and I think I’m gonna read it again and again and again! This book was so good,I just can’t say anything else,I like it very much that this is the true the main character can die too.But at the end of the book I was not anymore crying because Gus died,I cried because I finished the book,it hurts,it’s like someone give you chocolate and when you start to eat he takes away from you.I have a lots of questions like: What happened to Hazel? If she died what happened to her parents?And what happened to her mom? And what happened to Isaac?And Monica?And what happened to Gus’s parents?And what happened to Peter Van Houten? And what happened to Lidewij ? I just hope that you’ll answer these questions.Thank you for giving me something with this book.Oh,and one more question It was hard to write this book? Thank you John Green! For the strengths you gave me,because I know this is not for the people who have cancer this is for all of us,we too have to fight everyday and with this book you gave me something that is really close to magic.Thank you !!!

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Faeza-Z July 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

i am sure john green wont answer this, so i am asking anyone who reads this: do you think that charecters parish at the end of books or not?

to me, yes, they perish. maybe not everything was answered, but at the end of books, they seem to have finished their job and the rest of their life is only a memory of the adventure they had. so not exactly perish, but nothing interesting happens to them again, so there is no piont in continuing their story.

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Beth July 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

No. Don’t agree with you there. It’s like saying that when you have one adventure in life, you can’t have another just as great and that the rest of your life is pointless. I’ve had great adventures but I don’t look back longingly on them, I just wait for more opportunities to appear. If their whole life is just a memory of one moment then they’re living a pretty pointless life. That is unless they die at the end of the book which would probably mean that there’s nothing left for them.

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Sylvia July 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I think their should be an “after life” for the characters.I think that they in a way are people. yes they may be fictional, but people relate to them and share beliefs.

i also am interested in knowing John Greens answer to this.

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Anna July 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

I wonder if you wrote or typed out your answers to the FAQs or if you recorded them and had them transcribed? Seems like an irrelevant question I guess. While I am reading the answers I can undeniably hear you answering them in your very distinctive way (tone, intonation and most of all pacing). Perhaps this is just a side effect of watching your vlogs. But it seems to me that your Writing voice is much different than your Vlogging voice. Am I totally off base here?

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Tanya Mathur July 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Mr. John Green

I will start by saying that I am not a teenager and I don’t love your book. The Fault In Our Stars is a very well written book and I am deeply thankful to the media and the internet crazy teenagers for making me know about it, at all. I am not a love story loving person. The fact that I finished reading TFIOS is the fact that it was not just a love story. As much as I want to believe that you gave that book your one hundred percent, the fact that you didn’t finish Hazel’s story is the reason why I am writing this to you. I don’t care if you read this, I don’t care if you’d even let it stay on the portal. I’m just a voice from a small city in India, who just finished reading the book and pledged on not reading any of your other books. Ever.
You are no different than Mr. Van Houten. You’re exist, that’s all. Again, I’m not writing this to tell you how you should have completed the book, I am just writing because I have no other way to express the anger and disappointment gushing through my veins. No blood, actually. My parents and brother are asleep, Its 01:05am here in New Delhi.
I won’t be able to sleep because your book has ruined it. I know that Hazel died eventually. I know there is no better end to the book. But i am not ready to accept the fact that there couldn’t have been a different ending to Hazel Grace’s story. Actually, you are no less a jerk than Van Houten. You kept the idea of how wrong ‘not ending the character’s story’ is so uncomforting (if that’s a word) to a reader, throughout the book. But you came out to doing the EXACT SAME THING. I wanted to know how Hazel’s mom took her death, how Isaac found another girl, how Van Houten write another book. But surprisingly, NOW I DO NOT WISH TO KNOW.
I’ll leave this as a book on my bookshelf, just a book. Without a memory.

That’s it. I am sorry if I’ve offended you in any way. Trust me, it was my most purposeful intention.

All The Best.
NAMASTE

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Allison July 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Seriously. Do you know how long it takes to get a book published. It has been TWO FREAKING YEARS since the book came out. It takes a while to get a book published. I know this because my dad is an author. Mr. Green cannot get a sequel published within the course of ten years. First you have to finish THE WHOLE BOOK then you have to edit then you have to get an agent then you have to have it published which takes a LONG TIME. Plus from what I understand, Mr. Green is a very busy man. He does the YouTube channel The VlogBrothers, he helps run VidCon, and he has two kids, PLUS writing. So if you’re mad at him for not being able to get a sequel published and do all that then I suggest you give him a little more time.

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Nina July 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

I completly agree with Allison.
Your dad is an author? Cool. What kind of books does he write. Also John Green said there will be no sequel :( although the book is perfect just the way it is.

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Sienna Ward July 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

So, I could just write down how much I enjoyed the book “The Fault in our Stars” like all the others here, which I really did, but I´ll just leave that to them and ask you to write “An Imperial Affliction”. I immediately hit Amazon right after I read TFIOS just to find out that it was only a book you made up. That was a real punch in the face and I kind of hate you for that. A bit. Anyway, if you ever feel the urge to write “An Imperial Affliction” I´d be very thankful.

yours sincerely,

an admiring author

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Anna July 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

wow … good one!

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Lily Ray July 16, 2014 at 2:15 am

Dear Mr. Green,
I’ve definitely enjoyed your books. Especially Paper Towns. TFIOS? I’ve avoided it, seeing as I have been born with the curse of crying a bucketload of tears whenever I read or watch anything remotely emotional. My puffy eyes have little salvation; no amount of concealer can fix these little suckers once they get weepy. Still, your writing style is understated yet amazingly powerful. Your writing prowess garners a lot of praise everywhere, especially here in the Philippines. Anyway, kudos to you, Mr. Green! Hope you’ll continue to create more masterpieces that’ll hopefully change more lives in the future. God bless always! – Lily Ray

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Julieth Sanchez July 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Querido Sr. Green,

He leído su libro “Bajo la misma estrella” y sinceramente pienso que así como “una alficcion imperial” éste libro tampoco puede terminar así; discúlpeme si sueno ambiciosa o lo que sea que crea, pero realmente tengo la necesidad de saber ¿que paso con Hazel, con el señor y la señora Lancaster, con los padres de Augustus, con Isaac, al fin él logró saber si esta chica de la “voz sexy” realmente lo era, De Van Houten, al fin logro hacer una secuela del libro?. Yo puedo ponerle mi propio final; pero realmente no quiero hacerlo.

Sabe, hace mas o menos unas 12 horas publiqué algo en una pagina en Facebook y quiero compartirlo con usted:

Ver la película no es tan conmovedor como leer el libro, son sencillamente las palabras más extraordinarias que he leído y realmente no se si “sencillamente” y “extraordinarias” puedan ir en una misma frase.. Pero me enamore de todo: De Augustus y su hermosa sonrisa, de la manera como hacia para enamorar más cada día a la mujer que él amaba y de su extraña obsesión por ser recordado, y aunque suene raro de Hazel por ser un personaje con el que me conecte de muchas maneras, me enamore de John Green, quien hizo que amara perdidamente una vez más así fuese de un simple personaje.. Quizás cualquier persona ajena a mis estúpidos pensamientos puede pensar que estoy loca u obsesionada; pero realmente es muy difícil que un escritor te haga vibrar como el me hizo sentir, te haga llorar, reir, imaginar cada escena. Y eso es realmente lo que debes sentir cuando lees, puedo decir sin temor a equivocarme que me he vuelto gran fanática y realmente no se si sea valido escribir esto aquí, pero con el mayor placer compartiendo su percepción UNA ADMIRADORA MÁS!

Realmente tengo la ilusión de que aunque no hablemos el mismo idioma, Usted pueda responderme (NO SABE CUANTO LO DESEARÍA) Me enamore de su trabajo, de su escritura, de todo lo que plasma en sus libros y con cuanta inteligencia lo hace, Pero.. como Ud. mismo lo escribió en una frase de la carta de Agustus dirigida a Van Houten.. “Soy una buena persona, pero un escritor de mierda”. y así me considero yo, pero realmente me encartaría aprender mucho mas acerca de Ud.

Con una profunda admiración y cariño.

JULIETH SANCHEZ CASTILLA

Cartagena- Colombia.

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allison July 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Dear John Green,
Your book, to me, is as An Imperial Affliction was to Hazel. I know not much can happen after the book ends. I mean, obviously Hazel would live whatever amount of time and die most likely form cancer. But I do have some questions regarding what happens to Hazel after the end of the book. I would be much obliged if you answered my questions, all though I know you’re probably a very busy man.
1. How old does Hazel live to be. Does she die from cancer, and if so, did she suffer, or was it peaceful.
2. If Hazel does not die from cancer, how does she die?
3. Does Hazel fall in love with someone else. And if so, do they get married or have children.
4. Does Monica ever stop being a jerk face to Isaac, or does she continue to keep her distance from Isaac. If this is not so, then do they get back together?
5. Do Hazel and Gus reunite in heaven.
Thank you Mr. for reading my questions and please answer them when you get the chance.
With Respect,
Allison

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Nina July 17, 2014 at 7:16 am

How do you even begin letters to a person you never met?
I really don’t know. I would write this on Twitter but the charachter limit drives me insane. They are caging me inside that little box.
So today around 00:20 I finished Paper towns. And then I couldn’t sleep for another hour because I was thinking about it. Brilliant book.
I also read Let it snow and The fault in our stars (which is currently my favorite book, I read it in 3 hours) and I have all the other books at home, but I am not home at the moment.
So here I am, writing this to you because I have nothing to read.
The thing about me is that I’m not really a crier (or is it cryer?). I don’t cry when I’m sad but if I would my TFiOS copy would be soaked. Paper towns would probably be a little wet too.
Also, Let it snow made me want to be in a blizzard (even though I’ve already been in one), TFiOS made me depressed for a whole day and Paper towns made me want to buy a minivan and go to a road trip around the USA but a) I don’t have the money for a minivan, b) I don’t live in the USA and c) I don’t know how to drive and snap I just broke my necklace :(
Although Paper towns did leave me with one question. It’s a silly one but i really do wonder, do black santas really exist and how the hell did you get that idea? It made me laugh at the pool and people were staring at me.
Still better than that time that I almost cried at the bus because of TFiOS (me almost crying involves uncotrollable nose twiches, sneezing and lip shaking)
Well I guess I should end this now because I smell lunch.
Stay Green (I mean awesome) and I really need to go to lunch.
Have a nice day,
Nina
P.S.: Sorry for any grammatical or spelling mistakes, I’m not a native speaker

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Bruna Pavanelli July 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Hello John Green, my name is Bruna Pavanelli
I want to ask a question since I read “looking for Alaska” want to know what we’re the last words of Alaska?

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Beatriz Mágulas July 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

John Green,A culpa é das estrelas é um livro fantástico,mais como fica o final,acho que vc nos deixou na dúvida igual ao UAI,como ficou no final!!!Com respeito Beatriz Mágulas

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madhulika jain July 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Thank you for this amazing love story #theFaultInOurStars .
But i really dont understand why haven’t you written an ending for hazel grace wen the whole book was bout her . pls tell me youre workin on somthin that will gv her an ending or somthing. Please, i am going nuts.

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Hazel Grace July 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I loved your book TFiOS, and it is the best book I have ever read. And I’ve really wanted to read AIA too. But it doesn’t exist. So I was wondering if you could write AIA, cause I (and I’m guessing some other Neardfighters) would love to read it! And also how can I send you a fan-fiction? You could put your e-mail in the contact page.
Love always
Jana, 12

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Danielle Barnes July 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

Dear John Green,
I am a great fan of your books and crash course history web series. I currently teach at the largest high school in Georgia, possibly the southeast, and wanted to tell you that our school is filled with your fans comprised of teachers as well as students. I and other teachers use your history web series in class and last summer a large number of students chose “The Fault in Our Stars” as their summer reading book. They were able to choose any book to read and happily chose to read yours. Again this summer students demonstrated their love of your books by choosing to read “Looking for Alaska.” I know the students enjoy your works and would be ecstatic if you would send them a personal video message or email acknowledging their support of your work. Please email me your encouraging words or video. This would truly mean the world to them. Last year one girl came to school dressed as Hazel Grace because she was such a huge fan. Several of my World History students created projects emulating your video style in the crash course series. Once again the students of Mill Creek High School love you and would be thrilled to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Danielle Barnes

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Samantha July 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I love watching your youtube videos and have been for at least four years. My friends last year made me to read “Fault in our Stars” which I truly love. I never realized it was written by you until the advertisement in the theaters came out! I just wanted to say, you are one of my favorite authors and I’d love to meet you some day,

a nerdfighter,
Samantha

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