“So who’s your favorite novel author?” she asked.
“I’m not that much familiar of John Green, so him. I love Margo Spiegelman though, lol!” I replied.
Whenever a person asks me of who or which author do I like the most I’ll just mention the last movie I’ve watched and the writer of it. I don’t know why or how did that became my habit but most of the time it got me through the conversation, and of course it’s a huge favor for me. To be honest, I’m not that type of guy who looks up to a certain or specific person for what they’ve written and some sort because I think that’s being biased, not just to their works but also to other writers.
I love literature; every kind of them whether it’s old, new, classic, novels, bizarre, has pictures in it, reference books, journals, coloring books, dictionaries, and many more. What made me love them is that I gain something from them. Be it a new word, a punchline, a quote, a lesson, or even a thing that’ll scar me for life.
So who is this popular guy named “John Green” anyway?
According to Wikipedia, John Michael Green was born on August 24, 1977. Green is an American author, vlogger, director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, stunt performer and actor.
He’s the writer behind the famous TFIOS or The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns (2015) which I love the most and is very dear to my heart.
Green was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Mike and Sydney Green. Three weeks after he was born, his family moved to Michigan, then later Birmingham, Alabama, and finally to Orlando, Florida. He attended Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, andIndian Springs School outside of Birmingham, Alabama, the latter of which he later used as the inspiration for the main setting of his first book, Looking for Alaska. Green graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious studies. He has spoken about being bullied and how it had made life as a teenager miserable for him.
After graduating from college, Green spent five months working as a student chaplain at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio while enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School (although he never actually attended the school). He intended to become an Episcopal priest, but his experiences of working in a hospital with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses inspired him to become an author, and later to write The Fault in Our Stars.
Green lived for several years in Chicago, where he worked for the book review journal Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. While there, he reviewed hundreds of books, particularly literary fiction and books about Islam or conjoined twins. He has also critiqued books for The New York Times Book Review and created original radio essays for NPR’s All Things Considered and WBEZ, Chicago’s public radio station. Green later lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school.
Green’s rapid rise to fame and idiosyncratic voice are credited with creating a major shift in the young adult fiction market. While reviewing the Andrew Smith young-adult novel, Winger, A. J. Jacobs of The New York Times used the term “GreenLit” to describe young adult books which contain “sharp dialogue, defective authority figures, occasional boozing, unrequited crushes and one or more heartbreaking twists.” According to the Wall Street Journal, “[s]ome credit him with ushering in a new golden era for contemporary, realistic, literary teen fiction, following more than a decade of dominance by books about young wizards, sparkly vampires and dystopia. A blurb or Twitter endorsement from Mr. Green can ricochet around the Internet and boost sales, an effect book bloggers call ‘the John Green bump.'” Zareen Jaffery, executive editor of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers said “What I really like about what people are calling ‘the John Green effect’ is that there’s more of an interest in authentic, genuine, relatable characters.
Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green, whom he married on May 21, 2006. She worked as the Curator of Contemporary Art at Indianapolis Museum of Art before leaving to start The Art Assignment, a web series with PBS. In videos on the VlogBrothers channel, Sarah Green is referred to as “the Yeti” due to her not appearing visibly on camera. She made an appearance on YouTube in a Google Hangout video chat with President Obama, during which she and her husband asked the President whether they should name their unborn daughter Eleanor or Alice. They have two children, Henry and Alice, as well as a West Highland Terrier named “Willy.”Green has stated that he is an Episcopalian Christian, but mentioned in the tenth episode of his podcast, Dear Hank and John, that he was married in a Catholic church. He has been an advocate for refugees, stating that “for those of you who share my faith, Jesus is awfully unambiguous about the poor, shelter-less, and imprisoned”. John is an avid fan of Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League and has publicly discussed English football. As of 2015, John is also a shorts and stand sponsor of English League One Club AFC Wimbledon, of whom he is also a keen admirer. John also has also stated that he is a casual supporter of his local American side Indy Eleven, and has been to some of their games.
Green has obsessive-compulsive disorder, and has discussed his struggles with mental illness extensively on YouTube.
Regardless of all these information, I’d still love John Green no matter what for making Margo to exist in this world. Thank you very much sir, if ever you’d be reading all these. I love you, can I have an autograph?
DISCLAMER: Most of these information are from Wikipedia.
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