John Green is awesome!
I mean it! He is a bestselling author with novels such as “Looking for Alaska” and “The Fault of our Stars” and hopefully more to come AND he is a wacky, smart you-tuber.
Green, who is born in 1977, is an amazing writing, who writes stories that resonate with young adults and adults alike. His books have staying power; they are original and the kind of books that in one way or another stay with you. Green has a great homepage and I recommend his FAQ section, wherefrom I “borrowed” the quotation below.
“Q. Where do you get your ideas for your books? A. Well, my books don’t have capital-i Ideas, really. I don’t have ideas that hit like a ton of bricks out of nowhere, like BAM! Write a book about a wizard school! Or, Bam! Vampires in Suburbia! The ideas for my books come from lower case-i ideas. Looking for Alaska began, really, 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. Paper Towns began with thinking about our fascination with manic pixie dream girls and our relentless misimagining of each other. Then little ideas will come along and link up to other little ideas and then in a few short years, I have a book. I would love to have a high-concept book idea fall out of the sky and hit me one day, but it hasn’t happened yet.”
I appreciate Green’s emphasis and clarity regarding capital-I Ideas and lower case-I ideas.
However, in my opinion, Green’s real genius is evident on his You Tube channels. I love Crash Courses, which he hosts with his brother, Hank. They approach many interesting, yet traditionally dusty subjects with vigor and produce fun crash courses. See for example “How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1”. Furthermore, Crash Courses isn’t his only channel – the others are worth exploring as well.