John Green

  • Aired:  06/23/14
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Author John Green discusses the emotional experience of writing "The Fault in Our Stars" and the community outreach initiatives of his YouTube channel, VlogBrothers. (5:22)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IT THE AUTHOROF A BEST-SELLING BOOK

ABOUT KIDS WITH CANCER FALLINGIN LOVE.

IT'S THE PERFECT SUMMER BEACHWEEP.

PLEASE WELCOME JOHN GREEN.

HEY, MR. GREEN, THANK YOU FORCOMING ON

>> MY PLEASURE. THANK YOU FORHAVING ME HERE

>> Stephen: NICE TO MEET YOU.AS YOU CAN TELL,

PEOPLE ARE VERY EXCITED TO HAVEYOU HERE.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]FOR THOSE FEW PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT

KNOW, YOU'RE THE AUTHOR OF"LOOKING FOR ALASKA," "PAPER

TOWNS" AND "THE FAULT IN OURSTARS," WHICH HAS SPENT OVER 130

WEEKS ON "THE NEW YORK TIMES"BESTSELLER LIST AND A MOVIE

RELEASED ON JUNE 6th THATIS KICKING ALL KINDS OF ASS.

IT REALLY IS.

NOW, I... WHEN I FIRST HEARD"FAULT IN OUR STARS," I ASSUMED

IT WAS ABOUT ALIENS WHO COMEDOWN TO EARTH WITH SOME SORT OF

RAY GUN THAT MAKES TEENAGERSCRY.

>> YEAH.

THAT'S PART OF IT.

>> Stephen: BUT I HAVE FOUNDOUT SINCE THEN IT'S THE STORY OF

TWO TEENAGERS WITH CANCER WHOFALL IN LOVE.

>> YEAH, IT'S THE STORY OF TWOKIDS WHO MEET AT SUPPORT GROUP.

THEY FALL IN LOVE.

THEY ALSO FALL IN LOVE WITH ABOOK AND THEY WANT TO MEET THE

AUTHOR OF THAT BOOK.

IT'S STORY OF THEIR COMINGTOGETHER AND BEING IN LOVE EVEN

THOUGH THEY'RE BOTH QUITE SICK.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU COMEUP WITH THE IDEA?

DID YOU JUST TAKE THE SADDESTTHINGS YOU CAN THINK OF AND THEN

JUST PUT THEM ON PIECES OF PAPERAND PUT IT IN THE MOST

DEPRESSING HAT IMAGINABLE?

PULL THEM OUT AND DO IT LIKEMAGNETIC POETRY?

WHY MAKE US CRY SO HARD?

>> WELL, I ALSO MADE MYSELF CRYA LOT.

DID YOU CRYING MAKING IT?

>> OF COURSE.

I WOULD GO INTO STARBUCKS ATLIKE 7:30 AND OPEN UP MY

COMPUTER AND BEGIN TO WEEP.

THEN FOUR HOURS LATER I WOULDCLOSE MY COMPUTER AND GO INTO MY

OFFICE.

AND I'M SURE THE BARISTASTHOUGHT I WAS BANANAS.

I CRIED A LOT WRITING IT.

I WAS REALLY GOOD FRIENDS WITH AYOUNG WOMAN NAMED ESTHER, TO

WHOM THE BOOK IS DEDICATED.

ESTHER DIED OF CANCER IN AUGUST2010 WHEN SHE WAS 16.

A LOT OF THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN INA FURIOUS PERIOD OF GRIEF AFTER

HER DEATH.

SO IT WAS JUST SOMETHING ICOULDN'T NOT WRITE.

IT IS USUALLY THE MOST FUN KINDOF WRITING, BUT IN THIS CASE IT

WAS ALSO THE MOST SAD.

>> Stephen: WELL, THIS HASBEEN CALLED A "YOUNG ADULT

NOVEL."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT TERM,"YOUNG ADULT NOVEL" BECAUSE AS

FAR AS I CAN TELL, A YOUNG ADULTNOVEL IS A REGULAR NOVEL THAT

PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ.

[LAUGHTER]>> YEAH.

BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN YOUCALL SOMETHING A YOUNG ADULT

NOVEL, THERE'S A GHETTOIZATIONOF IT

>> THERE IS IN A WAY BUT THERE'SALSO THAT CONNOTATION,

OH, I MIGHT LIKE READING IT.

I LOVE BEING A POP WRITER.

I WANT TO STAY ONE.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE MORE THAN APOP WRITER.

YOU'RE A MULTIMEDIA POP ARTISTBECAUSE YOU ALSO HAVE SOMETHING

CALLED THE VLOG BROTHERS YOU DOWITH YOUR BROTHER.

WHAT'S HIS NAME?

>> HANK.

>> AND YOU HAVE A YOUTUBECHANNEL.

>> JUST ONE PERSON.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

I THINK THAT MIGHT HAVE BEENHANK.

NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION.

OVER 200 MILLION VIEWS.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO ON THEVLOG BROTHERS THAT YOU CAN'T DO

IN A BOOK?

>> WELL, BOOKS TAKE YEARS ANDYEARS TO WRITE.

IT'S LIKE A REALLY LONG GAME OFMARCO POLO WHERE YOU'RE IN YOUR

BASEMENT SAYING MARCO, MARCO,MARCO, MARCO, AND IT'S NOT FOR

LIKE FOUR YEARS THAT SOMEONESAYS OH, POLO.

>> Stephen: AND YOU DO IT WITHYOUR EYES CLOSED.

WHEREAS WITH YOUTUBE AND THEINTERNET, YOU CAN CONNECT TO

PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY.

YOU CAN ALSO DO BIGGER COMMUNITYPROJECTS.

WE HAVE A NON-PROFIT PROJECTCALLED THE PROJECT FOR AWESOME

WHERE EVERY DECEMBER WE RAISEMONEY FOR CHARITY, AND WE HAVE

LOTS AND LOTS OF PROJECTS,BUILDING WELLS IN HAITI AND

BANGLADESH, AND THAT'S STUFFBOOKS CAN'T DO.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU A CULT

LEADER?

THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHOREALLY WOULD JUST HURL

THEMSELVES OFF A CLIFF FOR YOUIF AT THE BOTTOM THEY COULD DIG

A WELL IN HAITI.

>> I HOPE YOU WON'T MIND IF IANSWER YOUR QUESTION WITH A

QUESTION, WHICH IS: ARE YOU ACULT LEADER

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE][AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN"]

>> Stephen: TELL YOU WHAT, IFYOU HAVE SOME TIME, COME OUT TO

THE COMPOUND THIS WEEKEND.

[LAUGHTER]WE'LL SET YOU UP WITH A CHILD

BRIDE.

>> I'VE BEEN ITCHING FOR ANINVITE.

I'M SO GRATEFUL.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU SEEN THEMOVIE?

>> YEAH, I'VE SEEN IT DOZENS OFTIMES.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> I LOVE THE MOVIE.

I SNEAK INTO THEATERS AND WATCHIT STILL.

IT MAKES ME SAD, I CRY A LOT,BUT IT ALSO FILLS ME UP AND

MAKES ME JOYFUL TO WATCH OTHERPEOPLE CRY AT SOMETHING I MADE.

[LAUGHTER]>> Stephen: CAN YOU NOT AFFORD

A TICKET TO A MOVIE?

YOU REALLY HAVE TO SNEAK IN?

>> NO, I PAY.

I SNEAK IN AND SIT IN THE BACKROW.

>> Stephen: JUST WANTED TOMAKE SURE.

I KNOW NOVELS DON'T PAY WHATTHEY USED TO

>> NO, IT'S OKAY.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR JOINING ME.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: JOHN GREEN, THEFAULT IN OUR STARS.

THE BOOK AND THERE'S A MOVIE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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