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Transcript of John Green
John Green was born on August 24, 1977, and grew up in Orlando, Florida and spent a few years in Birmingham, Alabama.
He graduated from Indian Springs School (in Alabama) and then received a B.A. from Kenyon College in Ohio in 2000.
In college he double-majored in English, mostly Mark Twain, and Religious Studies, mostly Islam.
This explains why religious studies and Islam play an important role in
Looking for Alaska.
The author had prior knowledge about the topics, so using them as part of the plot in his writing was easy for him.
John said that he often felt isolated, alone, and scared when he was a child.
This is most likely related to some of his characters like Quentin and his friends from
or Pudge from
Looking for Alaska
John worked as a hospital chaplain briefly after college.
A hospital chaplain is a person who gives spiritual support to patients, hospital staff, and family members in the hospital environment.
After briefly working at his last job, John moved to Chicago and worked as an editor and book reviewer for Booklist magazine.
While working for Booklist, he wrote
Looking for Alaska
. The second and third books he wrote were so successful that he quit his job at Booklist and took on writing as his full-time job. Here is a list of his most well known books:
1. Looking for Alaska - 2005
2. An Abundance of Katherines - 2006
3. Paper Towns - 2008
4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - 2010
(written with David Levithan)
5. The Fault in Our Stars - 2012
John also was a commentator for Chicago Public Radio and a National Public Radio program called All Things Considered.
In 2007, John and his brother Hank started an experimental blog called Brotherhood 2.0. This lasted for a year but they continued making the videos. They call their channel the vlogbrothers.
The videos started "nerdfighters," which is what fans of the videos are called. Nerdfighters work together to help the world by doing things like helping people in need.
Looking for Alaska
When Quentin Jacobsen's childhood friend and secret love comes to his window in the night asking for his help to get revenge, he accepts. What Quentin didn't know was that the day after that, the girl, Margo Roth Spielgman, would disappear.
Looking for Alaska
tells the story of a boy named Miles Halter (but throughout the story is called Pudge) who has a talent for memorizing people's last words. He decides to leave his old boring life for the exciting Culver Creek Boarding School to search for his "Great Perhaps." While there he meets a boy named Chip (called the Colonel throughout the story) and he introduces Pudge to the great Alaska Young.
This novel talks about the struggles of this group of teenagers at Culver Creek. I believe that it is easy to relate to because the author allows the reader to feel what the characters are feeling. They each help each other in different ways and this is what makes the story flow.
I like that it is written in Pudge's point of view because it makes the story like a mystery. As he discovers things about his new friends and school, so does the reader. This helps the reader relate to the main character.
I enjoyed how the story is written as "before" and "after" because it builds suspense. What surprised me was that I enjoyed the "after" more than the "before." The "after" was interesting because the reader finds that trying to solve a mystery a character reveals a lot about that character's identity and personality. This helped make the book suspenseful, unpredictable, and exciting.
I would give
this book a 10/10.
is a novel that has some mystery, excitement, and a little romance. It was written in first person so the reader can easily relate to the main character. This book is also very relatable in general because of the way the author portrays the characters' emotions.
Metaphors are a technique that the author uses in this book. They add another layer of depth to the book and help the reader understand the plot.
I would give
this book a 9/10.
I also like how easy it is for the reader to connect to this book. I think that teenagers and young adults can easily connect to it, although readers of almost all ages can as well. The author writes the details and plot in a certain way which causes the reader to have a strong understanding of the themes he is trying to create with the story.
When Alaska leaves the school in tears in the middle of the night, and is found dead in the morning, it seems that Pudge, the Colonel, and a few other friends are the ones to try and figure out the mystery of what exactly happened the night of Alaska's death, and most importantly, why.
Before, Alaska shows Pudge how to find his Great Perhaps at Culver Creek, and while doing it, he falls in love with her. They bond over playing pranks and having fun together. Pudge makes other friends too, and Everything seems to be going well, until after. Everything changes.
Alaska's death was never completely solved, but while trying to solve it, Pudge and his friends discovered many things about her, and themselves.
Margo seemed to have left a trail of clues for Quentin to find her, so he and his friends try to make sense of them. While doing this, Quentin wonders how well he really knew Margo.
After Quentin finds a way to make all of the clues add up, he and his friends make the journey to find Margo. When they finally do, it seems like she didn't really want to be found, but was happy.
John Green uses metaphors in his writing to change how the reader thinks about the plot and characters. He doesn't simply compare the situation in the story to another, but by doing this he creates a stronger meaning for the situation.
The Fault In Our Stars:
This is a metaphor that Augustus used. He said, "And I've never lit one. It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing."
An Imperial Affliction
The reader of the book wants to know what happens to everybody after the book ends. Hazel wants to know what will happen to everyone she knows after she dies.
When a person dies their final string breaks. You become broken and can't fix it. This relates to people.
There is time between when it starts to crack and when the cracks finally sink it. This relates to people.
Everyone is connected, and we can use these root systems not to understand one another and become one another.
Looking for alaska:
The labyrinth could be life or death. This metaphor is used with Alaska as she tries to understand how to escape the labyrinth.
"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
Pudge describes him and Alaska.
Mystery shapes the characters because someone like Alaska or Margo is mysterious and that is an important part of how the reader thinks of them. It also shapes characters because of the characters' reactions to conflict.
It causes suspense because the reader is eager to discover the answer to the problem.
Mystery is used in John Green's writing to cause suspense, make a good plot, and shape the characters.
It makes a good plot because the story could have a plot twist which makes he story unpredictable and enjoyable to read, and it also creates a well-written buildup for the ending.
The mystery in this book is obvious. When Margo disappears there are many questions. Why did she leave? Where did she go? Will she go back to Orlando? There are many more, and it's up to Quentin and his friends to figure them out. Throughout the book, the reader is also wondering, will Quentin succeed in solving the answers to these questions?
To Quentin, Margo is a mystery. Not only the big mysteries that surround her like her pranks and her disappearance, but also everything she does. She seems to not let Quentin know everything about her by hiding certain things about herself. Sometimes Margo plans to allow Quentin to learn a little about herself, and sometimes it happens naturally. In
, she makes herself mysterious.
Looking for Alaska
The mystery in
Looking for Alaska
is that after Alaska dies in a car crash, the reader and the main characters are left wondering if it was suicide or just an accident. Was she trying to escape the labyrinth of suffering like the character in her book? Or was it an unfortunate accident that she ran straight into another car? This is the problem that Pudge and his friends want to solve.
John Green includes death in all of the books I have read of his. I could not find anything about it, but I suspect if he has experienced someone that he loved or was very close to dying. It would explain why he includes it in his books and the way the characters react.
John says that he had lots of training from his mentor, Ilene Cooper, and also from many other writers and editors at Booklist.
Their reactions seem very realistic and probably are because John includes specific details on their responses both on the outside and the inside. You can tell how the character is feeling about the death through their body language, feelings, and the main character describing it (the main character is usually in first person).
Looking for alaska
In this book Alaska Young dies. You can tell that Pudge and his friends are beyond upset in a way that can only be described through the story. Half of the book was spent creating Alaska's bonds with other characters, and when she dies the reactions of the other characters are clearly shown.
In Our Stars
Augustus Waters dies in this book. He and Hazel, the main character, were in love with each other, so the death of one of them was devastating to the other. The thing is, due to her cancer they had both known that Hazel had not had too much longer to live, while Augustus's cancer had seemed to be cured, but had become stronger. Hazel and Augustus had found out about Augustus's cancer becoming strong again shortly before his death.
Reactions to death also depend on whether the people close to the person who has died are aware that they would soon not be living. If they know that the person will die soon then they are mentally preparing themselves, but if not, then the news is probably harder to accept.
Foreshadowing is used in John Green's writing to give the reader a hint of what will happen later into the book. This can help make a base for a theme or topic that will be stronger later into the book.
Looking for alaska:
When Tukami wanted to find out who ratted out Paul and Mayra, it was foreshadowing the Colonel and Pudge trying to figure out the death of Alaska.
"Ya'll smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die." Alaska said this so it foreshadows that she will die later in the story.
Alaska told a story about the day that her mother died. This foreshadows the night of her death because her mother's death was the reason she went out in her car.
"You said...When the guy died, you said maybe all the strings inside him broke, and then you just said that about yourself, that the last string broke." Quentin says this to Margo. It foreshadows the reasons she would be leaving.
"It was something I couldn't imagine, that I would never imagine, because I couldn't be Margo." Quentin thinks this and it foreshadows later in the story when Whitman is trying to "be" people.
The future is used in this book in the form of character, plot, and more. In John Green's writing, he can make the future seem very important or unimportant.
This helps the characters develop by making their reactions different. This makes each character their own.
The plot is written in a way so that future in the story is unpredictable.
The fault in our stars
The future is important in this book because both Hazel and Augustus fear who they could lose in the future, including themselves. Until then, all they can do is live the best life they can in the present.
Hazel also wonders what will happen after she dies. She wanted to know what would happen to her parents, Augustus, and her friends.
Margo talks about how people live for the future. They work in a certain way so their future is a certain way.
"As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story."
by katie turk
This is probably the reason
takes place in Orlando. John had experience of what growing up there was like.
This is why those characters were very strong; the author could relate to the way they felt so it was easier to write for him.
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy realistic fiction with a hint of romance. It is a book for young adults but I think that people who are older would also enjoy it. I think that both boys and girls would like it.
I would recommend this book to both boys and girls, and to young adults, but I think that people who are older would also enjoy it.
This explains Green's inspiration for the character Hazel, who has lung cancer, in
The Fault in Our Stars.