Underestimate me. I dare you.

English Major

If you give it more than a half second’s thought, it’s easy to see why John Green is such a phenomenon. He is breaking stereotypes and allowing us to rethink our ideas of “code heroes” and brilliant literary minds. In this day and age where communication occurs in a matter of key strokes and clicks, anything he says or does on the World Wide Web is — true to its name — spread worldwide immediately. He is changing the way we view authors right now, and the generation that is the target audience of his literary masterpieces are so lucky to see it. His novels, becoming classics as we grow up, aren’t all that different from those we study in school now. Of course the writing style has changed, and the topics differ in extremes, but the common themes of life-altering adolescence and the search for infinite indestructibility are present in both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Looking for Alaska; they are salient in not only Animal Farm, but The Fault in Our Stars as well.

What do we know of these classic authors, writers like Twain and Orwell and Alcott, Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Harper Lee? All we know is all we have been told, what reports made during their lives have traveled through time to reach our education systems and the minds of our youth. What primary sources have we ever seen to tell us Hemingway was really a depressive drunk, first and foremost proud and alone? How do we know and trust that these classic authors, known in totality by near any high school student in the USA, were who we are taught to believe?

John Green is changing history, you guys. He’s doing it by Tweeting, and running a blog, and making videos with his brother. He’s doing it by playing Chubby Bunny and making venn diagrams, allowing his readers to get to know him while he lives. Other authors do this, but none — in my opinion — like John Green. In one hundred years, our great-grandchildren will be in high school, and I think they’ll be reading his books. His are becoming classics right before our eyes, and in a hundred years, they’re going to be watching the Vlogbrothers in school and saying “this is who this author was,” and I think that’s so important. He’s breaking the stereotype of reclusive, intimidating writers being the only ones with true talent and poignancy, and that is so important. We can laugh all we want at the fact that John Green, absolute literary genius, has Sharpie marker all over his face, but all he’s doing is being a real person. And to the writing world, to this changing world, so newly reliant upon technology, that is so important; John Green is so important.