Day 7: A book that made you laughPaper Towns, by John Green
I know what you’re thinking. John green, writing a book that made you laugh? What? Well, this is one of my favourite books of all time, and I have never laughed so hard and cried so much for the same book.
Paper Towns is the story of Q, who’s miracle is that he lives next door to Margo, a crazy dare devil popular girl. One night, she knocks on his window, bringing him on a crazy adventure all around Florida. And the next morning, she disappears.
This book made me think a lot. Because I get Margo. I get how stifling the suburbs can be, with everyone doing stuff yo please other people. She was right. It is bullshit. It is complete and utter bullshit.
If I do one thing in this lifetime, I am going to leave. Take a few friends, book a flight and vanish. I’ll settle down later.
I put this quote in because it challenged how my thoughts had changed. Because sure I live in a paper town, with paper people never trying to kick up a fuss in case people were shocked. But that doesn’t make me paper, or my memories paper. I live in a paper town, but the memories were real.
I prefer this to The Fault In Our Stars. You might not. But whatever you think, it is certainly worth a read.
@edwardspoonhands At this VidCon is there a possibility for a panel on disabilities in the digital media space? As someone who has been disabled since birth, due to a stroke I had in-utero, I like to look for representation in any type of media I come across. The stroke I had left me underdeveloped in the right side of my body. Thanks to the many surgeries I had as a child however, my leg is now at the point where the only noticeable issue is me having to walk with a limp. My right arm though is a little harder to control due to the minor brain damage the stroke has caused. Luckily, I wear a special splint/brace on my arm everyday to help regain control of my fingers and arm movement (pictured below)
The closest representation I have seen for my disability was in Finding Nemo and I’d like that to change if at all possible. If you don’t have enough creators for a panel like this, I’d be more than happy to speak on a panel to attendees or even creators from the point of view of someone on the other side of the screen for the importance of a subject such as this one. I hope you take this into consideration! :)