How Has John Green Impacted the Culture of Young Adults?
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John Green

John Green

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John Green admits that he was not always a great student. He was often lazy and would not turn any work it, despite that though, his teachers saw how smart he really was and they would always push him to his potential. His first novel, Looking for Alaska won a Printz Award for best young adult novel. Looking for Alaska was based on his own experience at a boarding school he attended. Many people read this novel and wanted more from him. He then wrote An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars, which is being turned into a movie. Paper Towns is also going to be a movie. If John Green's writing did not make any sort of impact on teens, he would not be as popular as he is and his books would not be turned into movies. 

 

"John Green." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 82. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 2 Apr. 2014.

 

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Arielle Brutus's comment, April 3, 2014 8:14 PM
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Nerdfighters

Nerdfighters

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John Green and his Brother, Hank created an online website called Nerdfighters. This website is where people who consider themselves nerds come together to "increase awesome and decrease suck". John and Hank created this safe environment for people like them to praise reading and creativity. Members of this online community have also come together to raise money for a charity for cancer. The charity was founded in memory of a girl who had cancer and was a Nerdfighter, named Esther Grace Earl, who was the inspiration for Hazel Grace in John Green's book, The Fault in Our Stars. People are not just inspired by John Green, he is inspired by his fans. He created this environment along with his brother where they can interact with people who have the same interests as them and people who can relate to each other.

 

Mathur, Lauren G. "Nerdfighters at the Library or, DFTBA with Teens." Young Adult Library Services 11.3: n. pag. Questia School. Web. 2 Apr. 2014.

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Arielle Brutus's comment, April 3, 2014 8:15 PM
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Nick Konig's comment, April 7, 2014 5:42 PM
I think John Green is a pretty cool guy. I think it's cool that he wants to decrease suck because I know that is a big problem in the world. I also think that since he wrote his book about one of his followers who died of cancer. It really comes to show that he cares about his followers. I also think that his message on bullying was pretty deep. It's crazy that someone who was bullied so much can bounce back and become very successful. I also like that he used his success and fame to stop bullying.
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Young Adult publishing and the John Green effect

Young Adult publishing and the John Green effect | How Has John Green Impacted the Culture of Young Adults? | Scoop.it
Is that John Green on the NYT bestseller list? Yes, along with a crop of "realistic" Young Adult fiction that some think is just a way of marginalizing women from the field.
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John Green's novels have given a glimpse into the complicated world that teens live in. He has a lot to do in the publishing world. He has 2 million followers on twitter, his dedicated "Nerdfighters". His books have influenced culture today, which is not his fault and was not his intention. His impact has caused a rather difficult situation for female writers. Writers who get reviewed by Green, seem to get more attention than those who are not. Because of that, some female writers feel that he gave these writers and unfair advantage. This shows that John Green has not only influenced teens, he has also impacted the world of publishing. People have their opinions on whether he intentionally gave a leg up to some writers or not, but what it shows is that readers feel that if John Green thinks a book is good, then it must be good. So he does influence people not only with his own novels, but on which novels are worth reading.
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A Special Message From Author John Green | End to Cyber Bullying Organization (ETCB)

A Special Message From Author John Green | End to Cyber Bullying Organization (ETCB) | How Has John Green Impacted the Culture of Young Adults? | Scoop.it
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After being in and out of airports for over 100 hours, John Green reflects on his time in middle school while riding the train. One of his fellow nerdfighters had messaged him about how she was being bullied at her middle school, she same middle school John Green attended, where he was also bullied. One of her teachers even taught John and told her that when he was in middle school he was bright and miserable. John talked about how he was bullied and he often wished he could beat them up and show them how he felt. He realized though, that they were bullying him not because of who he was, but because of what was going on in their own lives. He was not excusing their behavior, because ultimately it is wrong, but he realized that while they went through some struggles he could not even imagine, he had a lot of people in his life who appreciated him, and who were nice. He ended the video by saying that she will get through it. You can really tell how much John Green can impact someone's life if they are sending him messages asking him for advice, and he proved to be someone who cares for his fans and that is important.
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Christina Hadley's comment, April 3, 2014 6:24 PM
I also think John Green is an inspirational person and author also. He really knows how to connect with his readers. An example he connects with his readers is by talking to them on twitter or posting videos on YouTube. I love the story about how John Green talked about the girl that is going through a hard time. I think it’s interesting how he genuinely cares about his readers and wants to help them. Also it really does seem like he knows what it feels like being a teenager in our time and age. This article was marvelous and interesting.
Arielle Brutus's comment, April 3, 2014 8:04 PM
I found it very interesting that John was bullied as a child in middle school but instead of dwelling on it he tried to look past it and tried to understand the situations his bullies were coming from. I find John Green an inspiring author and his writing has impacted many lives of young teenager and even adults today. And the fact that this girl liked him so much that she wrote to him about her own personal problems since they related to him shows just how a lot of people all over have been inspired and have grown to love the sensational writings of John Green.
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In this interview John Green answers a series of questions varying from what his childhood was like to questions about his novels. John also said that the most important thing he feels a child should learn is "only some things can be imagined into reality". He shows a lot of his personality in this interview because he talks about how the strangest thing he's ever had on the top of his head was a box of cereal. He shows how relatable he is to the audience he writes to and how he is just like us. Green also shows his wit when he answers a question about which television actor he would want to save his life if he were dying by answering that he would want to be examined by an actual doctor. This interview shows John Green as a person, not just an author, which is important because it draws his audience into him more and makes him more likeable.
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