“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska
okay but i saw a post where someone said that “john green writes about vulnerable 15 year old girls who need to be saved by a man” and like…have you ever actually picked up a john green book?
“fifteen year old girls”
Looking for Alaska: Leading lady Alaska Young, age 17, and supporting female character Lara Buterskaya, 17
An Abundance of Katherines: Important female characters Lindsey Lee Wells, 18, Katherine Carter, 18, and Katrina, 18
Paper Towns: Leading lady Margo Roth Spiegelman, 18, and important female character Lacey Pemberton, 18
Let It Snow: Leading lady The Duke/Angie, age undetermined but at least 16
Will Grayson, Will Grayson: All main characters are (mostly queer) males; supporting female character Jane Turner
The Fault in Our Stars: Leading lady Hazel Lancaster, age 16
LFA: Alaska Young, potentially bipolar, incredibly strong character who refuses help when she doesn’t need it, only shows vulnerability when she really trusts someone (because let’s face it, everyone’s vulnerable in some ways”
AOK: fuckin…Colin is more vulnerable than Katherine is tbh, and same with Lindsey. he depends on other people and their approval more than either of them. Lindsey, like Alaska, only shows vulnerability when she truly trusts someone, and that ends up being Colin (and partly Hassan). Lindsey talks about how her journey to popularity was all of her own making, something she did entirely by herself. She didn’t depend on anyone else for it.
PT: Margo actually addresses this claim specifically, when she tells Q that he only came after her “because you wanted to save poor little Margo
from her troubled little self, so that I would be oh-so-thankful to my knight in shining armor that I would
strip my clothes off and beg you to ravage my body.” She totally shoots down the idea that she needed Q’s help and that he could save her somehow.
LIS: this is the only one I could actually see an argument for, although the Duke makes it pretty clear that what she does and with whom is her business, and rejects the boys’ claims that they’re just worried about her well-being (which is bullshit)
WGWG: how the fuck would you think Jane is vulnerable she’s literally this impenetrable vessel of awesome who comes to her own conclusions about guys without any guy’s help
TFiOS: Hazel is only vulnerable in the physical sense, which, granted, is pretty drastic vulnerability, but this is never exploited for the purposes of the story or by Gus. He’s not going to save her, and they both know it.
“who need to be saved by a man” - i literally have no idea how anyone fucking thinks this
LFA: Alaska Young is a feminist. Alaska Young is a feminist. Alaska Young repeatedly calls out her male friends for objectifying women’s bodies, for having gender-specific double standards, and for treating women like they need to be saved. Alaska makes is very clear to Pudge that she does not need to be saved by him or by any man. She criticizes him for even having this idea and iterates that the only one who can “save her” is her.
AOK: I will grant that Lindsey Lee Wells does not do anything to change the shitty things in her situation until Hassan and Colin come along. But this is because of their friendship, not because they’re men and not because of romance. Having people from the outside take one look at her relationships and say “dude, this is fucked up” and ultimately (accidentally) reveal just how shitty her friends and boyfriend are was what finally made her realize how unhappy they made her. It wasn’t because Colin swooped in and made her realize these great injustices that were committed against her.
PT: Again, Margo directly addresses this when she accuses Q of only coming after her to get into her pants and be the hero. Furthermore, to say that it was only a man who went after her to help her is to ignore the whole premise of the entire last third of the book, which is about the camaraderie that comes with a group of friends working toward a goal and realizing the depth of those relationships. All four of them wanted to rescue Margo because they thought she was dead.
LIS: When the Duke confesses her feelings to Tobin, it’s of her own accord, because her own feelings were welling up and she couldn’t keep them in anymore. It wasn’t because of anything he did, for christ’s sake, it was because she wanted to. He himself had no bearing on that decision.
WGWG: Will Grayson #1 (the straight one) may have been the one who planted the seed of the idea that Jane’s boyfriend wasn’t good for her, but again, it was she who eventually decided he was right and chose a new course. She would’ve done the same regardless of who suggested it.
TFiOS: HOW DO YOU EVEN THINK THAT GUS SAVED HAZEL LIKE JFC THE ENTIRE PREMISE OF THE NOVEL IS THAT NO ONE CAN SAVE SOMEONE ELSE FROM DYING LIKE THAT AND YET YOU STILL THINK SOMEHOW THAT IT ENCOURAGES YOUNG GIRLS TO DEPEND ON MEN I CANNOT EVEN FATHOM HOW STUPID THAT IS JUST CHRIST PLEASE READ THE FUCKING BOOK
basically just actually read his books if you’re going to talk shit and don’t make shit up about them please go fuck yourself if you’re that stupid
People: All John Green writes in Manic Pixie Dream Girls and he’s nothing but a sexist.
Margo: *Tells Q off in Paper Towns for not treating her like a person and that this whole grand adventure he made in his head to come get her is all in his fucking head*
Alaska/The Colonel: *Tell Pudge how Alaska is not some magical lady of just poetry and mystery but a person with problems and her life was worth more than being Pudge’s end goal*
Augustus Waters: *Is a male never brought up in these talks from what I’ve seen but is also shown at first as being the perfect whisker of whimsy and then you are punched in the face by the fact HE IS A FUCKING HUMAN AND IS SCARED ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS TOWARDS THE END OF THE BOOK AND LITERALLY HAS A BREAKDOWN OVER THIS*
I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. John Green yet again had me hooked and sat on the edge of my seat throughout the entire novel. It made me laugh, cry and completely ripped my heart out of my chest.
The story follows a boy called Miles who moves to a boarding school during his junior year. He has hardly any friends and when he hosts a birthday party nobody shows up. He moves to Culver Creek and meets a mish-mash of individuals all with different personalities and interests, making friends quickly with his room mate the Colonel and a girl called Alaska. Alaska is clever, outgoing, courageous and hot…but she also has a boyfriend. The narrative follows Miles as he begins on adventures with the different characters and becomes closer to Alaska, finding out more and more about her during one summer when they both stay at the boarding school during the Christmas holidays. But one night changes everything, leaving Miles with infinite questions and no answers whatsoever.
This was Green’s first novel and published in 2005 has recently shot into the limelight due to the success of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ (scroll down below to see my review of this book!) being made into a major motion picture and bringing his writing into the forefront of teenage literature. With rumours of 'Looking For Alaska’ being made into a film in the upcoming future.
The book received a 10/10 because I absolutely adore this book and highly recommend for you all to read it purely because I enjoyed reading it so much and made me want to be a little bit more like the character of Alaska. A must read for everyone this summer because I’m certain if you give this book ago that you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did!
Last time I did one of these was over a year ago, so I thought it was about time I did another one. If I miss you I’m so sorry and if i realize Ill add you in. I follow roughly 900 people so it can be hard to keep track of >.< Thank you all for having such amazing blogs ^.^ Everyone on here are people I wish I had the guts to start a conversation with, you’re all such wonderful people :] (also some bolded people im always wishing I was friends with/who are extra special :])
She’d obviously read the book many times before, and so she read flawlessly and confidently, and I could hear her smile in the reading of it, and the sound of that smile made me think that maybe I would like novels better if Alaska Young read them to me.
no but seriously imagine Augustus and Alaska sitting across from each other in the afterlife with their legs crossed and Augustus has an unlit cigarette in his mouth saying “it’s a metaphor you see” and Alaska replies “I do have a thing for pretentious metaphors” as she lights her cigarette
Pardon the ugly picture SO ive been wanting to do one of these for a long time and just haven’t really gotten around to it..so since its practically the beginning of may, nows a pretty good time to do it! And i may forget some people, if i realize ill add you in, its just kinda hard when you follow 800 people..eheh.
John Green to Pen a Sequel to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
The Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska author announced yesterday that he will be writing a sequel to the massively popular Young Adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. The Fault in Our Stars was the sixth novel by John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. Anyone who has read the book or watched the film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, knows that in Fault’s bittersweet conclusion, Waters fails to make it out alive.
When asked if Augustus Waters would somehow make an appearance in the sequel, which will presumably continue the story of his love Hazel Grace Lancaster, Green responded, “No, he’s fucking dead.”