What the FUCK.
Oh god, it’s so true. His POC characters are given the same treatment. “Not white” and “not straight” can only mean “massively stereotyped, plucky side-kick” in John Green’s imagination.
Two people that hate John Green just greened. comapatient
Haaa “Wil Wheaton is the court jester.”
Yes. I think MOST of these topics probably provoke some degree of existential angst for him.
Do you believe in God? Why can’t you write for adults? Is war inevitable / what do these centuries of violence reveal about human nature?
It’s so annoying to me that John thinks the most clever or useful way to address these ideas is to dismiss them as “uninteresting” (or “less interesting” than some tangentially related topic he would prefer to blather on about).
Really, these are incredibly interesting questions. His inability to FIND them interesting isn’t a sign of intelligence to me. All I hear when John calls something “uninteresting” is “I’d rather remain complacently ignorant about this than discuss it in any real way, because it makes me sad and I don’t have to care.”
Good for you, dude. We’re all so impressed.
(Not science sorry.)
Wait he finds the idea of hell boring?
Didn’t he go to seminary or study theology for sometime?
He’s an English major for fucks sake.
Inferno? No? No Exit? “Hell is other people”?
I am an atheist but even without belief the existence of the concept of hell is interesting. It shows up repeatedly in literature, of course, because why wouldn’t it? It exists in multiple forms in multiple religions and it likely, this is my 5 seconds of thought on it, is a human concept invented to fill some sort of need for justice even when we don’t have the control ourselves to deliver it.
How. Is. That. Boring. To. Him.
(I also find it incredible that he thinks adults are boring because like, unno. Teenagers are angsty and that’s neato but with adults you have a lot more…breadth. Most YA novels are about things that are intensely, transparently relatable — high school, teen romance, after-school-special-type dealios but one of my favorite books as a teenager was Rebecca and those are some freakin’ interesting adults. Catcher in the Rye is one of the few books that I think counts as both teen and literature [others include A Separate Peace] but that was also a book written for adults at the time of publication. Teen/YA fiction exists and it’s a genre I enjoy but I enjoy it more when the adults are full rounded characters as opposed to means to an end for their teen protagonists, or just a requirement to sweep under the rug when parents are inconvenient to the plot.)
And those were rambles.
I weep for the future.