Is John Green Misogynistic?

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Recently, a blog on Tumblr sparked a lot of controversy regarding John Green and whether or not he is misogynistic. Many people believe that he makes his female characters “manic pixie dreamgirls”. It has been said that many of the girls in his novels are simply props, rather than human beings.

While I don’t personally believe in everything that has been said, I did notice that John Green had a tendency of looking down on certain types of people. I mean, in his novel An Abundance of Katherines, he described a female character in this way, “She was incredibly hot, in that popular-girl-with-bleached-teeth-and-anorexia kind of way, which was Colin’s least favourite way of being hot”. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised that a lot of people were offended by this book. Green has a tendency of generalizing minor characters in his book as “popular stuck ups” that have no character depth whatsoever. People also say that all of Green’s major characters are very smart for teenagers. I believe this to be true, but only because, as an adult, Green doesn’t look down on teenagers and knows that they can be very smart and amount to quite a lot.

I love a majority of John Green’s books, but I will admit that they do have some flaws. However, that doesn’t stop me, and many others, from enjoying them. There have been a ton of misogynistic and sexist authors in the past, but only recently did they start coming under fire. So rather than take everyone’s word for it, go out and read for yourself!

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Allegiant – It’s Almost Here!

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I don’t know if anyone is as excited as I am, but…It’s almost here! Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series, comes out October 22! Well, unless you’re one of the lucky ones who already got it due to some shipping errors.

As mentioned before, Allegiant is the third book in the Divergent series. The first book, Divergent, follows 16 year old Beatrice (Tris) Prior as she struggles with who she really is in her society. In the novel, the future of the world lies with factions. Society is split into five different factions, all of which have their own values. Abnegation, the faction Beatrice comes from, values selflessness and modesty. Candor values honesty and bluntness. Erudite values knowledge and research. Amity value peace and tolerance. And lastly, Dauntless values bravery and courage. The first book in the series follows Tris as switches from Abnegation to Duantless, and goes through initation to become a member of the faction.

The second book in the series, Insurgent, continues to tell Tris’ story as she finds out that her world is dangerous and corrupt. Erudite and Dauntless team up and are fighting against the Abnegation because they believe they are withholding supplies and prosperity because of their belief in selflessness. Tris’ loyalty to her family and her old faction leads her to defend them and fight against the Erudite. Being Divergent gives Tris a lot of trouble in the series, but it also guides her and makes people respect her.

And now, we have the third and last book in the series, Allegiant! I’m not sure what lies in store for Tris or the factions, but I know that I cannot wait to read it.

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Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them – New Movie!

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Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them is a novel that is mentioned within the Harry Potter series, and also the inspiration for the title of this blog! J.K. Rowling is directing this new movie and Harry Potter fans couldn’t be more excited. The last Harry Potter book was released in 2007 and the last movie came out 2011. After initial depression and sadness, the Harry Potter fandom was left grasping for the smallest things to hold on to. But never fear, J.K. Rowling is here to rescue us from our longing for more information about the Wizarding World and all those who inhabit it.

There is no denying that Harry Potter is the series of our generation. I bet that if you were to ask people around the ages 17-25 what their favorite book from their childhood was, they would say Harry Potter.  I remember clearly being in the fourth grade and asking my older brother if I could read his books. He firmly told me no because I would “tear them up”, and I went crying to my dad and was later given the first Harry Potter book by a grouchy brother. However, as soon as I finished the first book, I immediately ran to get the next one, which was a shock because I wasn’t much of a reader as a young kid. But the Harry Potter series definitely changed that.

I know that I, along with thousands and thousands of others, waited for the last Harry Potter book to come out. And when it did, we read and cried our hearts out. But after a few months, all we had to look forward to was the movies, which in my personal opinion, are nothing compared to the books. And after the movies all anyone could think was, “Now what?”

But J.K. Rowling continued to deliver and show us that there was so much more to learn about the Wizarding World. She wrote Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, both being books mentioned within the series. However, both books were very short and not nearly enough to keep us Potterheads entertained for long. But now, as mentioned before, Rowling is directing the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And this is very exciting news because the book only describes the beasts that inhabit the Wizarding World, but there is no plot. For the first time ever, the fans of Harry Potter have no book to base their opinions or judgements upon! These are very exciting times for all of us fans and we cannot wait to see what Rowling does to expand our love for the Harry Potter world.

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The Fault in Our Stars – Did John Green Revive the Young Adult Genre?

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The Fault in Our Stars was published in 2012, and it quickly got the attention of everyone that had read John Green’s other novels such as Looking for Alaska or An Abundance of Katherines. John Green has many novels, all of them focusing on teenage life, love, heart break, and the ever present lost feeling all of us teenagers deal with throughout life. John Green writes such heart breaking or thought provoking books that when you finish one, you immediately pass it on to one of your friends with an excited, “You have to read this!”

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is no exception. The novel is narrated by 16 year old Hazel Grace, who has a type of lung cancer that causes her lungs to fill up with fluid. Her parents force her to join a support group, where she meets August Waters. Throughout the story, the two teenagers demonstrate the most sincere and honest form of love to ever appear in a young adult novel.

This novel caused some controversy when some people began to say that John Green brought back the young adult genre of books and “made it cool again”. John Green’s first novel Looking for Alaska was published in 2005, however, it didn’t get much recognition until later years. If we look at the sale of young adult books, we can see that they did absolutely BOOM in 2005, but not because of John Green’s LfA, but rather Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. Say what you want about the series, but Meyer’s books caused the entire world to take interest in the young adult genre. From junior high school students to mothers in their forties, the Twilight series appealed to a huge crowd. There is no doubt in my mind that vampires caused a huge spot light to shine on the young adult genre.

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Who in the right mind doesn’t like books? Well, actually, in our world, a vast majority of people haven’t picked up a book since high school. Some people think reading is homework. Well, this blog will show you that reading is fun, and maybe you’ll find a book that sparks your interest!

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September 3, 2013 · 2:48 am