John Green Reading

Monday, February 15, 2010

(Green signing books after the reading)

Last week I attended a reading given by author John Green. I've read two of his three novels, "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns" and I've loved his writing style. He writes mainly for a late high school/college age audience, but his characters are easy to relate to and I wouldn't label his work as solely "Young Adult."

Green was hilarious. He bantered with the audience and answered dozens of questions. He had some really profound things to say, both about his own writing experience and about reading in general.

(Getting my book signed by the author)

One point he made really hit home for me. He talked about how TV shows and most movies won't ask too much of you. They give you the story and you don't have to think too much about it one way or the other (I would say LOST is an except to that rule). They play specific music to tell you how you're supposed to be feeling and you know they'll wrap up in an allotted amount of time.

A novel on the other hand asks so much of you. You bring all of your own experience to each book you read. Also, your imagination fills in the gaps that the book leaves open. There so much more room for interpretation. He said this is ultimately why books are in trouble, but also why they are so rewarding.

All in all, great author, I can't wait to read more from him.

p.s. Here's a tidbit he shared for anyone who has read "Paper Towns." Margo's last name, Spiegelman, means mirror maker in German. How wonderfully fitting!

Horrible iPhone photos by moi and the friend I was with.


Anonymous said...

I loved all three of his books - wish he would write faster! So cool that you got to see him in person - I'm jealous. :)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

He has a joint piece, that he wrote with David Levithan, coming out in April. It's called "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" and it sounds really interesting.