Monday, 13 February 2017

Not a Fan of John Green

     Over break, we were asked to read two books, select one from the suggested list and a ‘free’ book. Although I have never been a big fan of John Green nor have I ever understood the phenomena with his books catered to teenage girls. My sister insisted that I read one of her favorites; ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green. In 2015 Paper Towns was adapted to the big screen, in July like every other girl under the age of 21, I too went to watch this highly anticipated movie. After watching the movie I was sorely disappointed, after reading the book I felt the same disappointment, mixed with annoyance due to the fact that I spent my whole weekend in my room reading. Not only was Paper Towns a let down from Green’s previous books such as ‘The Fault in our Stars’ but this novel was entirely unrealistic, and not in a positive way. After reading many of Green’s books in hopes of joining the bandwagon I realized he tends to repeat characters. Just switching the names and background stories per novel, but every main character he has is a teenager, whom is wise beyond their years and has weird quirks or habits. Whether that be a boy who only dates girls named Katherine, or a girl who is bored of her life in suburbia and runs away constantly. As a reader the quirks per character I don’t mind as much since it tends to give them more dimension. My main issue with Green’s lack of creativity when it comes to characters is the fact that he makes the adolescent teenagers think like eighty-year-olds. I am a teenager myself, I live and go to school with 100’s of other teenagers, so trust me when I say no teenager says things like “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” (The Fault in our Stars. pg. 311) or “Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.” (Paper Towns. pg. 8) Don’t get me wrong John Green does have a knack for writing and if I’m looking for something easy to breeze through I might attempt some of his other books. Yet, at the end of the day, Green belongs at his desk, filming videos for his Crash Course channel on youtube and helping students all around the world cram for their tests.

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. USA: Dutton, 2014. Print.
Green, John. Paper Towns. New York: Penguin , an Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2015. Print.