John Green, celebrated Young Adult novelist and Youtube sensation, spoke at the University of Indianapolis at Good Hall on Monday night February 8th, 2010.
Green, the author of three successful and award-winning young adult novels Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns, spoke to his fans about the difficulties of the writing process, the Youtube channel he and his brother Hank run, his previous novels and his upcoming works, and writing techniques that he employs. Green also read an excerpt from his most recent novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which he co-wrote with author David Levithan), due for release in April of this year.
Green spoke candidly about how we, as individual human beings, only ever have the opportunity to view the world from our eyes, and that we often have trouble relating to or understanding others because of the fact that we cannot know what they have experienced within themselves. John encouraged his readers and fans who showed up at the event to remember that, while you're having a day, so is the person next to you.
Green also used a metaphor concerning maps (proclaiming himself to be a lover of maps) to explain that an idea or story doesn't really exist until it is read. Green emphasized that a novel is only "scratches on pages", but it becomes a story when a person reads it for themselves.
Green also answered questions from the audience and took time to autograph books and take pictures with fans at the end.