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Honouring hope

SWATI DAFTUAR
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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

John Green, most recently on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World, treats teenage issues with the respect and attention they deserve.

He’s on the Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World but says that this was an unearned honour; that he can “personally name several thousand people who are more influential” than him. Author John Green’s YouTube channel has over two million followers but his modesty cannot dwarf his work. With The Fault in Our Stars, Green, at 36, has managed to reach out to countless teens all over the world. Shailene Woodley, who stars in the upcoming film adaptation, says that Green hears the voices of teenagers.

In an article, Woodley writes that Green “acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories”.

Spreading smiles

The Fault in Our Stars could have been yet another book about battling cancer, but Green has made it much more. It is at once tragic and hopeful, one that can make you laugh because things are still funny, though you are reading about teenagers with terminal diseases. Of course, it will make you cry buckets, but you’ll still put it down smiling. His book has sold, till date, over seven million hardcover copies. The fan base has littered the online and offline space with TFIOS references, using them as symbols of hope, life and love. Green has influenced millions of readers, asking tough questions in a way that is both sympathetic and hard hitting. Green’s other books, including Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, have also earned him an ever increasing fan base. In each book, he treats teenage issues with the kind of respect and attention that they deserve, making it possible for almost all his readers to identify with his characters and plots.

With the movie adaptation of TFIOS due to release soon, Green’s popularity is surging, and more people are picking up his books, only to find that the fame and respect are well deserved.

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