GREAT article in The New Yorker about John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars). I had not read the book, nor was I particularly intending to — but now I must. And I want to watch all his YouTube channels and follow him on Twitter and drive down to Indianapolis and just follow him around. (That sounded kind of weird and stalker-y, didn’t it?).
Please read the article “The Teen Whisperer: How the author of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ built an ardent army of fans.” from The New Yorker, June 9 & 16, 2014 by Margaret Talbot.
I found it a fascinating look at the juxtaposition of traditional YA book writing and the new communities and ways of communicating that exist now only because of technology. Yay technology. As the article’s author says “For many young people today… reading is not an act of private communion with an author whom they imagine vaguely, if at all, but a prelude to a social experience — following the author on Twitter, meeting other readers, collaborating with them on projects, writing fan fiction. In our connected age, even books have become interactive phenomena.”
That’s a pretty awesome evolution. (Says the gal who 30 plus years ago lost herself in every Judy Blume book and didn’t even know anyone else in her little town who was reading, well… books, frankly. To talk about the book with another girl? Wow. Maybe even interact with the author herself?! Beyond cool.)