John Green Answers *Your* Questions

Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 5:46 pm

(Total length: 17 min, 30 sec | 2-part series)

Award-winning author John Green came to Worthington, OH and answered questions from Worthington-area nerdfighters in this two-part video!

Poster: A Night of Awesome with John GreenJohn Green is the author of three novels: Printz Award winner Looking for Alaska, Printz Honor Book An Abundance of Katherines, and his latest novel Paper Towns, which is due out in October 2008.

On September 8, 2008, Green visited Northwest Library to talk about his books, his videoblogging project Brotherhood 2.0, and writing. Worthington teens had an exclusive opportunity to submit questions for Green to answer on video.

In Part 1 of this video Q&A, Green answers questions such as:

  • Which Paper Towns cover is your favorite?
  • Are any of your characters autobiographical? Which character is most like you?
  • Where do you get your inspiration from and how do you know it will work for a story?
  • Does it get any easier to write a book once you've written a few?

In the first video, he offers the following advice to aspiring young writers:

"Read a lot! I don't think there's any apprenticeship for writing other than reading. I don't think there's any way to figure out how stories work or what they do or what they can accomplish and what they can't accomplish except for reading."

In Part 2 of this video Q&A, Green answers questions such as:

  • Did you get grounded as a kid/teen? What for?
  • What inspired you to start Brotherhood 2.0?
  • Did you have any experience making videos before Brotherhood 2.0? How did you and your brother get started making videos?

In the video, he address one teen's question about whether he (or anyone he knows) has ever broken in to Sea World, as in a scene from Paper Towns:

"I mean, I'm not sure that I can legally answer that question, because I don't know if the statute of limitations has totally passed. And I don't want to get in trouble with Sea World and I certainly don't want to encourage other people to get in trouble with Sea World. I will say this: It is harder to break in to Sea World now than it used to be."

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