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Splendid YA Author John Green Offers 14 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be Better Than the Past

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | January 8, 2014 | Comments ()


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I’m a huge fan of good YA fiction for a few reasons: 1) I love nothing more than the satisfaction of finishing a novel, and most YA books I can finish in a weekend; 2) some of it is very, very good; and 3) while I like the dystopic future YA books well enough, my favorite stories are typically coming-of-age novels, and YA is full of that. It’s such a heightened intense period in most of our lives, older authors have an easier time hanging on to it, and thus writing about it with more authenticity.

One of my favorite YA authors is John Green, whose books are engrossing, heartbreaking, smart, and quick-to-read. His most recent, the brilliant The Fault in our Stars — a coming-of-age story with a cancer twist — is being turned into a movie starring Shailene Woodley, which is kind of perfect. (I also like Green because he’s a fellow Indianapolis Colts fan, and he’s vocal about it. )

Anyway, this has nothing to do with Green’s novels, but he did put together a fun, positive video on 14 reasons why this year will be better than previous years, and it’s nerdy and statistical and delightful, which is par for the course for Green.

(Upworthy via John Green)



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  • Patrick Garcia

    Cool guy. But I can't stand that fast jump cut video blog editing style.

  • Quatermain

    I don't know if you can really call someone having cancer in a coming of age novel a 'twist.' That's more like Teen Drama 101. If he wanted a twist, he should have written a YA novel where none of the characters gets any kind of life-threatening, horrible disease.

  • E-Money

    I love Pajiba and I love Nerdfighteria. Let us join them together and decrease world suck while also increasing quality films and television!

  • AudioSuede

    If you're a fan of good coming-of-age YA fiction, you should check out the Stupid Fast trilogy by Geoff Herbach: http://www.amazon.com/Stupid-F...

    I happen to know Geoff, and he's a great writer with a hilarious sense of humor and a good heart, which is everything you could want in a YA author. Trust me, it's well worth your time.

  • Belladonna Took

    Absolutely love the mental floss web series and am a little more in love with him (and you Dustin!) now that I know he is a Colts fan. Go Colts!!

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    all the channels from John Green and his brother Hank are wonderful and informative. I check into the Crash Course videos every week, which are probably some of my favorite things on the internet. i found out about them after Lupe Fiasco tweeted about the World History course's Atlantic Slave Trade video, and then watched the entirety of the World History series in one sitting, and branched into all their other channels and stuff.

    Those two brothers are truly wonderful, positive examples of human beings

  • Ruthie O

    Holy crap. THAT is John Green? I'm in love. So so in love. He's ridiculously adorable and enthusiastic and funny.

    I've only read The Fault in Our Stars. What Green book should I read next?

  • KRussell

    All of them. My favourites are 'Finding Alaska' and 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' (written with the also wonderful David Levithan) but, really, each of his books are well worth checking out.

  • Ruthie O

    Thanks! Just ordered Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Will tell you when I've finished!

  • Drake

    He is indeed, ridiculously adorable.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I would actually love to see him run for public office.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    i love the videos they have explaining political and economic topics of the moment, like John's excellent video about why health care costs are so high in the U.S., and how incredibly complicated it all is. it kinda blew my mind.

    they definitely have their opinions, but it usually seems like they try to explain things as objectively as possible so nuance and context don't get lost

  • cox

    He has a youtube channel named crash course, where he tought the entiry of world history in 40, 10 minutes lessons. Its incredibly well researched while being light, funny and inlightning. he also dares, gasp! to articulate that we should learn more than roman empire - crusades standard history syllabus, that understandIng african and muslim history for better understanding of world history on a whole is a way to go. Instead of us - decendants of romans, us - the people of the planet. absolutely amazing and worth your time.

    His brother is trying to do that with crash courses On biology and chemistry, but i havent managed to crack those - i keep rewinding the one about the mongolians instead.

  • chanohack

    He has a new Crash Course U.S. History series that is equally fantastic that I highly recommend.

  • Met John Green at a reading he did at IUPUI last year. Super nice guy. Really enjoy his Mental Floss videos too.
    P.S. Go Colts! Tom Brady sits down to pee. That is all.

  • Amy Love

    The Vlogbrothers are truly a delight. He and his brother Hank have been taking turns putting out videos for several years. John's are usually artistic and ethereal and Hank's are often very science-y or a goofy song or something. Both have a common thread of being about the finer things in life, often spiraling into deep thought. And since the majority of their content is targeted toward teens, I find they give me hope for the younger generation (I'm almost 30 and already have a tendency to already be aggravated with them). http://www.youtube.com/vlogbro...

  • Uriah_Creep

    (I'm almost 30 and already have a tendency to already be aggravated with them).

    Get ready for a LOT more of that. The damn kids will be all over your lawn soon enough.

  • Bert_McGurt

    His (and sometimes his brother's) mental_floss videos are also quite fun.

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