can we please stop pretending that john green is the most profound writer to ever exist
or, we could let kids finally have a role model that they can look up to who is not only a very talented writer but also an incredibly…
I’ve seen a lot of post about how terrible John Green is and what an awful human being he is and how his books are the death of humanity (or so you would believe from reading some posts). In defense of John Green and his novels, I would like to say some things.
First off, I would like to address this statement.
The funny thing is that John Green does beat people down for loving what they love he just doesn’t do it to nerdy kids and somehow shaming people who enjoy “”“vapid”“” things is better than shaming people who like ~*~*deep wonderful nerdy things*~*~. He’s just an egocentric man who encourages of the concept of “I like nerdy things so I’m inherently better than everyone lol stupid jocks and their sportsyou’re stupid if you’re not passionate about the right things.”
How many potential role models can you name for teenagers interested in sports?
How many role models can you name for teenagers interested in ‘vapid’ things (gossip magazines, reality tv, etc.)?
How many role models can you name for teenagers who would identify as nerds? A few sure, but not as many as the above groups. He’s a modern, approachable, relevant, and successful future that a lot of nerdy kids (myself included) can look up to. When he tells stories about his awkward childhood, it reminds us of our awkward childhoods. When we see him and all of his success, it gives us hope that we can end up like that too. That alone should make him a good role model.
Next up is this lovely gem:
And how he refers to nerd girls as “resources” instead of just people (he apologized for this but then pretty much said that there was no need for an apology because it was pretty clearly a joke)
What? You’re telling me that this man made a potentially offensive joke? My God! I had no idea! Well by all means, light the torches! Off with his head! How dare he do such a thing?
Seriously? I’d like you to find me someone over the age of 20 who hasn’t made a joke that could be offensive to someone at some point in their lives. Are they all terrible people who deserve to have their work degraded for one brief lapse in judgement? I’m not saying that this comment was correct, but ‘one time he made this one joke that made people angry’ isn’t really a valid reason to hate someone.
He’s also got that awful habit of trying to romanticize mental illness and he displays it as something quirky and does it zero justice at all, creating a needy and dependent caricature of individuals who are “broken.” Yes, he’s called people with mental illnesses broken.
Interesting. I actually don’t have a lot to say to this seeing as how I’ve never encountered this in his books and I’ve never heard him call people with mental illness ‘broken’. If someone could provide some kind of evidence or proof of this, I would be happy to respond.
Not to mention that he’s hardly a positive role model in any way when he continually reinforces the belief that the teenage years are the best of your life and that adulthood sucks and is awful and boring and things only get worse from here on out, which is something that he, as an author with a majorly teenage fanbase, really needs to notbe doing.
Look, I don’t know how old you are, but trust me. The teenage years are the best years of your life. You have no responsibilities, no bills, and you’re young. I hated high school. I found it boring and pointless, but I still miss being a teenager because being a grown-up sucks. Also, I think these statements are counteracted by the fact that he’s a grown man successfully writing and selling books, with a house and a wife and kids. As much as he might talk about how great it was to be a kid, obviously he’s showing that it’s okay to be an adult through the life that he’s living.
He acts so profound and original when he’s writing the same white girl meets white boy and they fall in love and then someone dies stories over and over again because he doesn’t know how to tell a story in any other way than killing off major characters because he doesn’t have the talent to create “meaningful stories” without death.
Alright, true enough, but that criticism could be leveled against %70 of young adult romance authors. If you’re intent on hating every author who writes a generic story the you’re going to have a lot of hate in your heart.
In summary, I’m not trying to be an asshole, and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. If you like John Green, that’s great. Good for you. If you don’t like him, that’s great. Good for you. Neither side is going to change anyone’s opinion, but this has been a fun little debate and a good way to waste a Sunday morning.
As a closing note, I’d like to ask a favor of Tumblr users: I know that we’re all big on talking out of our asses, but please don’t shit on someone’s work (whether it be books, television, movies, art, internet videos, etc) without reading, watching, or interacting with it first. ‘I don’t like this thing because my friends don’t like this thing’ is a stupid reason to hate something. Stop being a sheep, and do your own research. (This is a general note and doesn’t directly apply to the poster above me).