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An Author and a Vlogger.

John Green is the New York’s bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and most recently, The Fault in Our Stars. He also co-authored Will Grayson, Will Grayson with David Levithan.

Aside from being an author of young adult books, Green is also an active YouTube vlogger. It started in 2007 as a form of communication between him and his brother, Hank. As of today, their videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video.

Green was born in August 24, 1977 and grew up mostly in Orlando, Florida. He attended Kenyon College where he double-majored in English and Religious Studies.

John thought that spending a lot of his time during his youth alone helped him as a writer. For during those times, he was able to read a lot and spent a lot of time listening to other people. He knew he liked writing since he was very young. He just kept writing even when he didn’t show much potential. He wanted to be writer but it was until his 20s that it occurred to him that he could be a writer.

Green doesn’t have an MFA, so as much as his academic background in writing is concerned, he only had creative writing classes during high school and fiction writing class at Kenyon. But he received much training after college from his mentor and from many writers and editors at Booklist, a book review journal. Green worked at Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor. As a matter of fact, his reviews have appeared there and in The New York Times Book Review.

Green believed that he doesn’t tend to have ‘capital’ ideas for his stories. The ideas for his books come from ‘lower case’ ideas. His stories tend to start with the people he imagines and the questions that bug him. For example, in Looking for Alaska, Green said that, “it began in thinking about whether there was meaning to suffering and how one can reconcile one’s self to a world where suffering is so unjustly distributed.”

John Green’s advice for (aspiring) young writers:

1)    Read.Reading is a writer’s greatest apprenticeship. We learn how to write by paying attention to all the ways that writers who’ve come before us used this meaningless scratches on a page to bring stories to life in the minds of readers.

2)    Storytell.Tell stories to your friends and pay attention to when they get bored. I still do this a lot, and it helps me understand how to pace a story, and what kind of phrases and images audiences find engaging.

3)    Trust your critics.When someone identifies a weakness in your story, they are almost always right. They may not have identified quite the right weakness, and they may not have quite the right solution, but if your readers are bothered by something, then things have gone awry.

Finally, some books for young adults recommended by Green:

The Book Thief.
How I Live Now.
The First Part Last.
Feed.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation.
13 Little Blue EnvelopesStory of a GirlWhite Cat (and sequels). Every Day,The Blood of the Lamb.

To know why he’s one of New York’s best selling author, read two of his books available at the HS LRC Fiction: An Abundance of Katherines (G82a 2006) and Looking for Alaska (G82L 2005)

An Author and a Vlogger
by Ms. Shane Capil
G7/HS Librarian

Reference(s):

Green, John. (n.d.) John Green’s Biography [Web blog section]. Retrieved from http://johngreenbooks.com/bio-contact/

Images retrieved from: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-I_aedFAQKRM/T2O6USKw5II/AAAAAAAAAYk/gBGFz6AzPww/s1600/John+Green.jpg and http://collegelifestyles.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/John-Green-Books.jpg

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