TFIOS Author John Green Talks YA Books, Movies, and Fandom


It’s so cool to know that awesome authors like other awesome authors, and John Green is no exception!  And it seems John is definitely “in the know” when it comes to fandom stuff, whether it be TV shows, movies, or books.

He also has his own ships from other books and movies:

Who do you ‘ship, basically?

All of couples in Maureen Johnson novels and in Sarah Dessen novels. E. Lockhart writes a great love story, just delicious. Those are the inspirations for me I guess. I do like some of the teen romances in movies. I actually really like the couple in Mean Girls. I don’t remember their names, but the boy and the girl in Mean Girls. You know what I mean?

Any specific characters in books?

Well, I don’t remember character names. Frankie Landau-Banks and whatever the boy’s name is in [E. Lockhart’s] The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. What is that boy’s name? Sorry! I’m the worst at character names. I read a lot of books too so all the names always like…

Then he talks about the trend of YA adaptations in Hollywood:

A couple months ago it was the anniversary of the day the Breakfast Club met and a lot of people were talking about feeling like that kind of teen movie has gone away or taken a backseat to YA being a code word for action adventure. But with Fault and  the upcoming adaptation of your novel Paper Towns and Rowell’s Eleanor and Park

If I Stay, the Gayle Forman movie. I’m excited about that.

As someone who writes and observes, did you see that falling out of fashion—

I don’t see it as an either/or. In the world of young adult fiction, people maybe from the outside talk about “oh, dystopias are ascendant” or “supernatural romance is ascendant” or “contemporary fiction is ascendant.” Within our world we’re like, “Well, yeah, but there are also mysteries, there’s also contemporary fiction, there are also romances, there’s also sci-fi.” Don’t see it as either/or, but I think [they do] in Hollywood because they make fewer movies. They make far fewer movies than we make books. They are much more trend-obsessed. We are a little trend-obsessed in the world of publishing, but Hollywood is super trend-obsessed. I hope it’s not either/or because there are a lot of supernatural romances I love and there are a lot of dystopias I love and would love to see as movies. But there are also a lot of contemporary fiction books and would love to see as movies. I would love to see some of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novels made into movies, but I would also love to see Marie Lu’s series, Prodigy, made into a movie. My hope would be that we can have some breadth in the movies we make for teenagers just as we have some in books.

For me, I would definitely love to see Marie Lu‘s Legend trilogy on the big screen.  One thing that has been mentioned lately in social media is the lack of diverse major characters, and Legend (Prodigy is the 2nd book of the series) certainly falls into line with diversity.  CBS has the rights to that book at the moment, so it would be to their advantage to bring those characters to life as they are described on paper.

via The Wire.

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary