Friday, January 27, 2012
John Green reading/signing in Indianapolis

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know who John Green is. (And if you don't, here's his Wikipedia page.) We here at We Heart YA have a LOT of respect for Mr. Green and all the things he does. Write books, vlog, raise money for charity, win awards, decrease world suck, put on concerts...

Wait a minute. Concerts?

Yes, concerts. Well, sort of concerts. Part concerts, part readings, part puppet shows... It's an odd but wonderful mix, and I had the privilege of watching it live on the internets.

John Green and brother Hank, livestreaming their show from Austin, TX

John and his brother/co-vlogger Hank are on tour, and they're streaming some of their events on YouTube. There are only 3 more events, so keep an eye on John's Twitter feed for details on how to attend/view.

Actually, most of their tour has sold out. Yes that's right, HUNDREDS (in some cases at least a THOUSAND) people paid to see John and Hank be goofy for a couple hours. Needless to say, this is not your average book tour.

I'll be honest, I was skeptical of John Green. In general, things that are hyped up that big pretty much never live up in my eyes. I usually have to wait for them to die down before I can check them out objectively. (Ex: Could not read/enjoy Harry Potter until all the books had come out. Ditto Twilight.)

The Fault in Our StarsBut after reading John's latest, The Fault in Our Stars, and then watching him and Hank live on YouTube, I started to get it. No wait, that's a lie. I FULL OUT get it. I am a NERDFIGHTER.

And here's why:

John is funny. John is smart. John is honest. AND SO IS HIS WRITING.

I don't mean to sound like a gushing fangirl, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for those 3 qualities. I aspire to them myself. And though I may never be a vlogger, or sell out 1000+ seats on my book tour, there's a lot I think I can learn from John Green, both as a writer and as a human being.

Here are a few notes I jotted down from the Austin livestream, mostly about TFIOS:

  • "Even the biggest lives are temporary."
  • John wanted to write a book about "the small heroism" that most of us will have to choose.
  • Being aware of our mortality "helps us use our time here wisely."
  • Re: his characters being so intelligent/eloquent -- (paraphrased) First of all, yes, he really does believe that there are some teenagers that smart and eloquent. Not many, but some. And second, fiction doesn't need to pretend not to be fiction. He doesn't consider it his job to present a technical reality or to stick to what's "common." Obviously. After all, he wrote a book about a guy who dated 19 girls all named katherine. "That is not common."
  • Re: Markus Zusak (author of The Book Thief) -- "He's like the nicest guy, and a genius, with big muscles... It's very frustrating."


PS: I don't mean to snub Hank. Hank is great too! He's sort of the concert-y part of the concerts. Which is obviously key.


iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

Totally love John Green! It's awesome that you got to check out his concert live online :) I've only read Paper Towns but I'm in love with his writing already. Need to get my hands on The Fault in Our Stars. Everyone's been gushing about and me = very very jealous :P great re-cap of the event!

Rachele Alpine said...

I love Markus' comment about him...that's awesome! And another plus about John Green, he went to Kenyon! That's why the writing vibs are so awesome there!

Unknown said...

Rockstar Author. I'll never forget how Steph and I stumbled through the side entrance into an auditorium of 300! We mistakenly assumed it would be just a small gathering...and then the 2 hour line for the 20 second, "Hi. I love your books." "Thanks."
Totally worth it. xx

Julia @ That Hapa Chick said...

They are BOTH so awesome! Haha I'm definitely going with Author Rockstar. I mean he sort of sang at the Tour de Nerdfighting in Phoenix... But seriously I've never heard people scream that loud for anyone in my life. If that's not celebrity I don't know what is! If you get a chance in the future to go to one of his Live shows LIVE do it! One of the best and most memorable nights of my life. DFTBA! :D

Kristan said...

I've heard great things about Paper Towns. That or Alaska will probably be my next JG read.

YAY Kenyon connection!

If I can, I TOTALLY will see him in person. I feel silly now that I didn't join Sarah and Steph when they went to Indianapolis for him.

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

The Greens!!! def. rockstar status Just finished TFIOS, which i absolutely loved. I wish i could have met them @ the signings!!! wait i wouldn't know what to say lolz!

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