Before John Green, his general category of realistic (non-fantasy) YA was rife with teen angst and “issues” fiction that you might have associated with the legendary Judy Blume, or with newer writers like Sarah Dessen or Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson’s classic 1999 novel Speak, about a high schooler struggling to deal with the aftermath of sexual assault, was so influential that three years later Penguin launched an entire imprint named after it. One of the books launched under the behest of Speak was Green’s Looking for Alaska. But it’s Green whose name you’re more likely to know today, not Anderson’s, although Anderson has won more awards and written more books.
On Twitter, Green has 2 million followers. Compared to the rest of the leaders in Young Adult fiction, that number is staggering. To approach even half the Twitter influence of John Green all by himself, you need an entire army of YA women. Anderson, Blume, Dessen, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Rainbow Rowell, Maureen Johnson, Malinda Lo, Holly Black, LJ Smith, Ellen Hopkins, Shannon Hale, Lauren Myracle, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, and Leigh Bardugo: As a group these women only have about 1.2 million followers on Twitter. That’s the voice of one man outweighing several decades of women who have had major successes, critical acclaim, and cultural influence.
While im certainly not going to discount this….not all of Green’s followers on twitter even like his books or have read them. His fan base of 2 million carries over largely from the social activism and educational and dftba related youtube videos he runs with his brother. If we are going to have the john green effect, we need to resolve the holes in the argument:
Do any of the women listed run (popularity regardless) blogs, youtube channels or otherwise? Veronica Roth for instance has a tumblr focusedwi largely on her YA writing. How many followers does she have? How does it compare to green who arguable devotes equal if not more time to advertising vlogbrothers content on his tumblr?
Again back to vlogbrothers, who does green interact with on twitter, social media? Fans of the books? Channel? Both, a lot of greens fan base became interested through his self advertising on youtube. Did any of the women writers have that medium of preestablished audience to reachout to?
This about the related questions. Yes, sexism still exists in the writing industry, but there is better evidence to justify that that a twitter following or social media mentions. And it’s problematic as well to name the effect after one man who does not play any role in the favoritism of his work over equally and more (no offense john) talented women
Dont call it the john green effect. Research his twitter and youtube and tumblr before making glaring generalizations about favoritism of male writers in YA and by way of the plastering his name all over the trend, place the blame on him.
There are better ways to make this argument and better parts of the marketing, editing, and publishing industries to direct your argument towards.
And read Veronica Roth because shitaki mushrooms, divergent was excellent. And broke a few YA trends toward the end…but shhh. Spoilers.
Purple: 10 facts about my room
Blue: 9 facts about my family
Green: 8 facts about appearance
Yellow: 7 facts about my childhood
Orange: 6 facts about my home town
Red: 5 facts about my best friend
Pink: 4 facts about my parents
White: 3 facts about my personality
Grey: 2 facts about my favorite things
Black: 1 fact about the person I like
that’s fucking hardcore
"Let it Go" ft. impersonations of:
- Idina Menzel
- Demi Lovato
- Briteny Spears
- Alanis Morissette
- Celine Dion
- Kristen Chenoweth
- Julie Andrews
- Babra Streisand
- Christina Aguilera
- Kelly Clarkson
- Christina Bianco
- Liza Minnelli
THIS. this is the version. the best version. this is it.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I have no romantic partner in my life, but recently I’ve had to shed a fair bit of self hate so I think it’s also important to remember to love yourself so you can let others like and love you too!
You are a wonderful person deserving of love, especially from yourself.
*EDIT: Aaaaand I had a typo…
Self love is different than selfishness and narcissism and never let anyone claim otherwise.
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