I kind of neglected the ‘Rad Writer’ series for a while because I was so busy and barely had time to research any authors. Personally, I love these posts and I’ve found that so do many of you guys. The ‘Rad Writers’ are not going anywhere any time soon.
As suggested by the title, this blog is about one of the most successful and popular YA (Young Adult) novelists of the current day: John Michael Green.
Born in 1977 in the USA, John holds many a titles to his name (to my surprise). I’ve read some of his books and watched both the film adaptations of Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars. I always viewed him as an author that I liked and that’s it. However my research for this post showed me a completely different side of his business ventures, talents and charity work.
John, along with his brother Hank, started three major projects: Crash Course, VidCon and Project for Awesome.
PROJECT FOR AWESOME
So what about all the books he wrote? I mean, this is a ‘Rad Writer’ post…
Well of course, but John Green is such a busy body that he only has a handful of books and a whole lot of hats to wear like Producer, Vlogger, Actor, Editor and finally, Author and Writer.
His first successful book was (my favourite), Looking for Alaska. It received the Michael L. Printz Award in 2006. In 2009, Paper Towns received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for ‘Best Young Adult Novel’ and in 2010, received the Corine Literature Prize in the Young Adult Category. The Fault in Our Stars was ‘Teen Book of the Year’ at the Children’s Choice Book Awards in 2013 and earned the number one spot as a New York Times Best Seller for two weeks in 2012.
His books include Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and An Abundance of Katherines.
There is a lot of criticism around Green’s work with some finding it boring and dull. Others would strikingly object and claim his work is transformative in the modern literary age. Personally, I quite enjoy his books and his style. At nearly 40 years old, he still manages to grasp audiences that are a generation or two younger than him. He has developed a cult following for a reason. His books are relatable and he manages to take ordinary stories and turn them into page turners that millions can’t get enough of.
For more information about John Green, visit his website: www.johngreenbooks.com