We’ve definitely done some hard rounds of this game, but none has been as hard for me as choosing between these wildly popular and incredibly good YA novels. Seriously, even as I’m typing, I’m still changing my mind on what my choices are going to be. To play along you say in the comments which book you would read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite/one that you might want to change something about), and burn (least favorite). As always, I love to hear people’s different reasonings and rationale for their choices. Continue reading “Burn, Read, Rewrite: TFiOS, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, & The Book Thief”
I don’t know if it’s productive to try figuring out why certain books/movies/people become popular, but I do think it’s natural. This feels especially true when something becomes mega-popular in a way that changes media trends and culture. With more than 10.7 million books printed and 130+ consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Fault in Our Stars definitely belongs in this category. In fact, when you type “Why is TFiOS so…” into google the second autofill is “popular” (the one first is “sad”) so I know a lot of others have this question on their minds. People and publications from Business Week to John Green himself have attempted to ask and answer why the book achieved this crazy level of popularity. I thought I’d add my two cents to discussion, before I head to The Night Before Our Stars later today (asdfghk!!!).
I told you there was going to be lots of The Fault in Our Stars love on the blog this week. I know that I have already done marry date or dump posts featuring boys from John Green books and girls from John Green books. I’ve even done one featuring the author himself. But I wanted to do one that was more specific to TFiOS. I had a hard time trying to think of a cohesive three girls or three boys (the closest I got was Hazel’s Dad, Gus’s Dad, and Patrick the support group leader). Instead of giving you all that crazy conundrum, I thought I’d do my first mixed gender post and give you Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac. Choosing one of them to dump feels impossible to me. Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Hazel, Augustus, & Isaac from TFiOS”
Get ready for a lot of TFiOS excitement on the blog this week. I’ve decided that since the film opening is less than a week away, I’m going to let myself unleash my fangirlish feelings. I’m heading back to California tomorrow for some lovely visits with my sister, father, and grandmother so I’m not sure when I’m going to actually see the movie (I can tell you all feel really sorry for me, right?), but to tide me over here are my favorite links related to The Fault in Our Stars. Most of them are focused on the movie, but a few might relate to the book. Okay? Okay. Let’s go. Continue reading “Links for a Lazy Sunday: TFiOS Edition”
Okay, so I thought The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, was going to be the most unique, non-cancery YA novel I read about teens with cancer. I was wrong though. Me Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews, fits even less into the genre of teenage cancer stories most of us have grown to know and cringe over. In these books, it is most common for a young man to meet and fall in love with an inspirational young girl with cancer. While the girl dies, the book celebrates how strong and wise she became. And the whole point is how much the boy learns from the whole experience. If you’re looking for that kind of book, aside from examining your motives, I suggest you listen to me and the first lines of this book when we both tell you THIS IS NOT THAT KIND OF BOOK. Continue reading “Me Earl and the Dying Girl: An Even Less Cancery Cancer Novel”
I know this isn’t a new thing, but it feels like this year there are more film adaptations of books than ever. With the TFiOS movie coming out in less than a month, the recent trailer for If I Stay, and the recent news that These Broken Stars (a book on my TBR list) is being made into a film … I’ve been thinking more and more about what I like and what I don’t like when my favorite books are turned into movies. Continue reading “What Do You Like in Film Adaptions of Books?”
Last Saturday was best-selling YA author and vlogbrother John Green’s birthday. It got me to thinking that yes I’ve done a Marry, Date or Dump on boys from his novels and yes I’ve done one where you could choose between Green and other YA authors, but I haven’t made a post for the girls from his books. I chose the ladies from his most famous books (Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars) but if you want to swap in Jane from Will Grayson, Will Grayson or Lindsey from An Abundance of Katherines then go for it! Lots of people criticize Green’s books for buying into the manic pixie dream girl trope. I would argue that he takes that theme and adds layers to it … but that is probably a topic for another post. I really love his female characters for being intelligent, independent, and most importantly for never forgetting to be awesome.
Happy Sunday everyone. Who else remembered to say Rabbit Rabbit yesterday morning? I never remember, but I did yesterday so I guess that means good luck for me. I still can’t believe it is already June. I’m having the best weekend ever with my sister here to visit. This hasn’t left a ton of free time for poking around on the internet, so a lot of these links are old but still fun!
One of the best things I’ve gained from blogging is a huge appreciation of John Green. Actually, it goes way beyond an appreciation considering the amount of time I spend watching him and his brother on Youtube. He seems to have his finger in so many pies right now. And not normal everyday pies… like extra delicious, new flavors, super popular pies. The nerd fighters are everywhere these days.