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John Green is a writer who is passionate about people. His stories allow us to share the feelings and experiences of real people in real situations.
In the author's own words, writing is a profession that requires a long apprenticeship of reading and practice. See this video for the author's only advice on writing:Brotherhood 2.0 (you will also be able to witness first hand the author's wit!)
To put it simply, John Green's writing contains very deep messages, intellectual language and concepts, humour and compassion and is wrapped up in a way that makes it accessible and enjoyable for teenage readers. The following two excerpts show Green's art in (1) intellectual ideas that are accessible to teenagers and (2) his witty style
(1) “When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” (Looking for Alaska)
(2) “Hold on." He grabbed a pencil and scrawled excitedly at the paper as if he'd just made a mathematical breakthrough and then looked back up at me. "I just did some calculations, and I've been able to determine that you're full of shit” (Looking for Alaska)
John Green's writing style is very realistic . Many people find it is easy to relate to his writings and that he understands how young people feel and act nowadays. He also talks about important topics with deep messages such as cancer and depression or finding yourself. He relates real life with fictional elements.
John Green is a YA (young adult) writer. This means that he writes for people who are young adults (ages 16-25) and his books are aimed for this audience. His books are usually about young people finding love, and contain deep messages and "advanced" language (meaning words that the average teen might not know. His writing also contains humor but has a way of making you laugh one minute and crying the next.
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