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Cady is a staff writer here at The Hudsucker. She is an English major and Writing minor at Grand Valley State University. Her dream is to be a novelist or to work for a publishing company. She enjoys reading, traveling, and watching Boy Meets World, The Voice and Back to the Future. Follow her on Twitter as @cadyelizabeth9

John Green: Pop Culture Icon

I’m not ashamed to admit that the most recent thing to have made me cry was reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. And I mean really cry. A tragic love story at it’s finest, TFIOS is the latest book by John Green to have taken the YA shelves by storm. Not only has he written novels that so eloquently reflect the hopes, fears, and dreams of his (mostly) teenage audience, but Green has become a pop culture icon whose widespread influence is seen in more than just the bookshelves.

Image Credit: Dutton/Penguin Books

Image Credit: Dutton/Penguin Books

As a writer, John Green is perhaps most well known for the 2012 bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, which chronicles the relationship of cancer patient Hazel and Augustus Waters, the mysterious boy she meets at a support group. Green’s other novels are similarly based on teen issues and experiences: Paper Towns takes a teenage boy on a whirlwind adventure to discover who the enigmatic Margo Roth Spigelman really is; An Abundance of Katherines depicts a perspective-changing summer in the life of an introverted near-genius; and Looking For Alaska takes us along on the ride of a teen seeking The Great Perhaps. Green has also collaborated on two major works: Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow.

Along with his brother Hank, John Green has had a hand in creating a community called Nerdfighteria, which dons the catchphrase Don’t Forget To Be Awesome, or DFTBA. Nerdfighteria stemmed from the two brothers’ video project, Brotherhood 2.0, in which they would cease all written forms of communication with each other and only communicate through their videos. After the original year the project was supposed to last passed, the videos had gained popularity on YouTube and a large following. Since then, the Green brothers, as VlogBrothers, have began other video ventures, ranging from a game show to various educational videos.

Image Credit: Ton Koene

John Green is also one of the founders of Project for Awesome, a project whose goal is “to decrease world suck.” Project for Awesome started in 2007, and every year since on December 17th people upload videos to YouTube promoting their favorite charities. The VlogBrothers help promote these videos as a way to raise money for these causes, and, in the process, decrease world suck.

A huge media presence is probably the reason why Green’s popularity has expanded from an author to an icon. He actively blogs on Tumblr and keeps a Twitter account, where he interacts with fans extensively. Green doesn’t limit his blogging to his work; he often shares opinions, interesting facts, and boosts worthy causes to help raise awareness for things he cares about.

Even though he’s a well-known author, John Green still seems like an approachable person and it’s easy to see he genuinely cares about not only his fans, but humanity in general. So do yourself a favor and pick up one of his phenomenal novels, peruse his social media accounts, and by the way, Don’t Forget To Be Awesome.

Watch John’s most recent VlogBrothers video:

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