John Green Attends The LA Times Festival Of Books

The Fault In Our Stars author John Green attended the LA Times Festival Of Books!

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The atmosphere at John Green’s panel was sort of like a high school classroom. And Green was the coolest kid on campus.

The skinny, nerdy-looking author with glasses was treated like a rock star during his panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Saturday, with the crowd – some of whom had waited in line since 9 a.m. for a 12:30 p.m. session – giving him a roaring ovation when he walked onstage.

He delighted his audience, which ranged from teenagers to gray-haired baby boomers, in speaking about the autobiographical nature of some of his books, his love of romance novels, his beef with the Internet, and a concept he created in which people who identify as “nerdfighters” team up to spread positivity throughout the world.

During the panel, Green gave his nod of approval to the film version of his latest book, “The Fault in Our Stars,” which will hit theaters June 6.

“The reason that it’s good is because Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort … they took the book very, very seriously and cared so much about the characters,” he said of the actors in the lead roles. “In some ways I think they understand the characters in a way that I couldn’t.”

Green, one of the most popular young adult writers in the country, said he told the moviemakers that he wanted the film to be an accurate portrayal of the book, which is about two teenagers with cancer who fall in love.

“If you’re going to make a movie where sometimes her lung feels better so you can get pretty pictures, then no,” he said.


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