How to Be More Than Friends: Question Tuesday

by on January 22, 2013

In which John answers real questions from real nerdfighters, discussing his son's fascination with imitation food, his own fascination with Wholock watercolors, the oddness of the phrase "more than friends," the Evening of Awesome, and much else.
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brianna January 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I can’t find the song on their youtube channel?

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Aly Beer January 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Reading the books, watching the videos: loving it!
Just one thing… is there any chance you could speak slower!? I know it sounds/reads as the most absurd thing I could ask (if not offendable. God! I hope not… I’m probably looking very insolent right now). But like somethings in life, there is a reason for it! English (thou it feels like) is not really my first language… so it gets frentic trying to follow your train of thought!
Anyway… if that request turns out in any way possible… Thanks! If not, thanks anyway for providing that first line!

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Varser Zakarian January 23, 2013 at 5:44 am

I agree with you, Aly Beer! Cause I just wanted to comment the same thing on quickly speaking!
Dear John, pleaseeee, speak slower a little bit. You have so many fans from all over the world and they want to watch your videos and get it. Help us in this case, please!

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Steve January 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

It may not be much, but there is a wiki at http://nerdfighteria.info/ that has transcripts of the vlogbrothers videos. It’s a few videos behind (The most recently transcripted video is about 2 weeks old…Hank’s On The Ownership of Ideas)

Hopefully transcripts for more recent episodes will fill in soon!

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Steve January 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Also, it looks like the most recently transcripted video is actually the ENTIRE Evening of Awesome. Wow. Go Nerdfighters.

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Julia Lawliss January 26, 2013 at 12:41 am

Dear John Green, a.k.a Leader of all Nerdfighters, and the most amazing author since…ever:

Let me start this letter by saying that I admire you. Always have, and always will. You are my all-time favorite authors, and the only one that has ever truly inspired me and made me sob a flood-load of tears over a fictional book.

(I am sure you are or have been told this a million times, and I apologize for the receptiveness, but a man like you deserves to hear the above statements more than once.)

I began to read your novels about a year ago thanks to my amazing best friend who is also a big fan of you, and a fellow Nerdfighter, too. She first introduced me to Looking for Alaska, which I immediately fell in love with and really related to. Your characters, Miles and Alaska, I could see myself in them–especially, Miles in the sense that even though I may be known as a “social butterfly” at school, I am actually a huge loner.

Anyway, after I read LFA, I dashed to the library and borrowed every copy of every novel you’ve written. Each one, I loved. Tremendously.

However, last summer, that was when I really truly fell in love. That was the summer when I encountered The Fault in Our Stars….

The moment I flipped open the cover and started to read, there was no way of stopping me. It was just….amazingly breathtaking. Also, sad. Very, very sad. But a good sad, in the sense that even though Gus passed away, Hazel never gave up on her love for him. She kept right with it. Until the end. That takes willpower and strength.

That is the definition of true, infinite love.

TFiOS though not only taught me the true meaning of that (love), but it also taught me the power of acceptance.

You see, since the moment I was three months old I have had a lifelong struggle with respiratory issues. I even have a trach (a tube mechanism that is in my airway to help me breathe.) It was a difficult childhood, yes, but both my parents stayed by my side through it all. Still do to this day.

Do not worry though, my friend. I am as healthy as you now, and I am a junior at my city’s high school where I am very happy and a honors student. At times I do tend to relapse back to the way I was years ago–sick, pathetic. Luckily though, over the last couple years, I have gotten stronger which has helped my immune system to fight any illness or infection that attempts to sneak its evil, ugly body into my fragile, small one.

Sadly, despite this, I do get depressed and overly emotional sometimes. Whenever I look in a mirror I think of all the despising features on my face, rather than calling myself beautiful which I know I must. Right?

However, after reading TFiOS…things changed.

I started to build confidence I never knew existed. I rarely look in mirrors and read crappy fashion magazines anymore and think I’m worthless. I don’t think of myself as a burden on my parents anymore either….So, I thank you John Green. Thank you for writing this inspiring, fantastic book and saving me from myself.

As Augustus would say, “I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up.”

Thank you for being you, John Green.
Please, if you may, I’d love it if you’d respond to this message.

God Bless,
Julia (17)

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Ron Oberman February 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Dear Julia, Your comment is so wonderful so inspirational I think I met your mother yesterday at starbucks who asked to take my picture reading tfior I want you to know how much you comment touched me I’ve called the few very close friends I HAVE AND ASKED THEM TO READ IT aS YOU THANKED jOHN gREEN FOR HIS INCREDIBLE BOOKS i THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE COMMENT AND ONLY WISH YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME A YOUNG ADULT TEENAGE WRITER BECAUSE YOU WILL WRITE BOOKS AS FANTASIC AS JONN GREENS Again thank you Ron Oberman Assistant Lirarian Skokie Public Library

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Merve January 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

You are talking so fast! Isometimes don’t understand what are you saying :D Love you.

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Kim Pfennigwerth January 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I loved this!! And I loved the fast talking :D I’m sure it may be hard for some but goahead, justgoahead and keepitup becauseafterallyouhaveatoddler and thesekindofconversationscouldbeallweget!! Thank youLoveditThankyou!!

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