quotes from looking for alaska

Signs as my favorite quotes from John Green books

Aries: “‘Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!’ I spent most of my afternoon trying to make sense of that quote, thinking maybe it was Margo’s way of telling me to become more of a badass or something.“ - Paper towns

Taurus: “‘Please stop,’ I said. ‘You’re upsetting the black Santas.’”- Paper towns

Gemini: “‘What the hell is that?’ I laughed. ‘It’s my fox hat.’ ‘Your fox hat?’ ‘Yeah, Pudge. My fox hat.’ ‘Why are you wearing your fox hat?’ I asked. ‘Because no one can catch the motherfucking fox.’“- Looking for Alaska

Cancer: “‘Do you sometimes feel like a circle missing a piece? ’ His dad wondered. ‘Daddy, I am not a circle. I am a boy. ’”- An abundance of Katherines

Leo: “You’re a very special person. Colin would hear this a lot, and yet—somehow—he could never hear it enough. “- An abundance of Katherines

Virgo: “But what could I lose by continuing that had not already been lost?”- Let it snow

Libra: “They love their hair because they’re not smart enough to love something more interesting.“ - Looking for Alaska

Scorpio: “I couldn’t be mad at him for even a moment, and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation: I couldn’t unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn’t want to. ” - The fault in our stars

Sagittarius: “All of a sudden, he wasn’t anyone’s boyfriend or anyone’s genius. And that—to use the kind of complex word you’d expect from a prodigy—blew. “ - An abundance of Katherines

Capricorn: “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.”- Looking for Alaska

Aquarius: “Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.“ - Paper towns

Pisces:“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.” - Will Grayson, Will Grayson

You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present
—  Alaska Young, Looking for Alaska by John Green

WHAT has HAPPENED to my post where i took that rain quote from looking for alaska and made it “and she was dark souls” all evidence of it as DISAPPEARED into the VOID i cant find it on my blog and checking everyone i know reblogged it it ISNT there 

“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 a hurricane. ”

You are not the color of your eyes in the sunlight or tangles in your hair from the wind. You are not the words that leave your lips or the faint scars on your skin. You are not pale lips or chipped nail polish or the change you carry in your pockets. If you add these things together, you do not get you; for you are greater than the sum of all your parts. You are something entirely more wonderful.
—  You deserve to live // a.c.
When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.
—  John Green, Looking for Alaska

Request: Can u do an imagine with Tommy Clarke were you’re an evo too and your best friends but your secretly in love with him, but when you’re about to tell him he starts dating Emily and u decided not to tell him and days later they kidnapped u, they call Tommy so he can hear u while they torture u, so he comes to save u, but the bad guys trap him and the leader tells Tommy about your feelings for him and they start torturing u in front of him until your too weak and die in his arms saying “I love u”

A/N: I did change it a bit and added a quote that I really liked from Looking For Alaska, but I hope you like it!

Your parents had recently moved to another small town for you. They would keep moving if it meant keeping you safe. It wasn’t their fault you were an evolved human with a power that is ironically difficult to hide.

Turning invisible should be something easy to hide, but when you accidentally turn invisible at random times, people start to notice. You just keep moving, in hope that things will be better for evos.

It was your policy to never be too close to someone. You were just going to blend into the walls. The plan was going well until your teachers decided to pair you up with another boy who seemed to follow your policy. His name was Tommy Clark and, despite both of your lack of social skills, you two became good friends.

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No one “ruined” Doctor Who.

Steven Moffat didn’t ruin Doctor Who. A female Doctor wouldn’t ruin Doctor Who. Doctor Who isn’t ruined, and not because I happen to think the show is better than ever these days. Doctor Who isn’t ruined, because Doctor Who can’t be ruined.

Doctor Who is more than a TV show. It’s novels, it’s audio dramas, it’s comics and conventions and various other EU materials. No one man can ruin Doctor Who because Doctor Who is bigger than that– it’s bigger than all of us. It’s outlived too many showrunners, writers, directors, actors, and producers to count. It’s survived terrible novels, the death of the main cast, a god-awful TV movie (sorry McGann fans), low ratings, even cancellation. It’s survived 50 years, longer than I’ve been alive, almost as long as my parents have been alive. The all-powerful Steven Moffat was only a little boy when the show began. So was Peter Capaldi. It’s older than David Tennant, who loves the show so much.

But Doctor Who doesn’t only belong to Steven Moffat. It belongs to every actor who says they love working with him, every writer who begs for a chance to have their name on a titlecard. It belongs to the consumers, like, right now, Russell T Davies, who without fail has declined a return every single year since he left because he would rather watch the show than write it. It belongs to every one of the 75 million who watched “Day of the Doctor”. It belongs to everyone with a Netflix account, a BBC stream, or a dubious sense of morality and Primewire. It belongs to the fan artists, the fic writers (like me!), the graphics creators, the meta writers. It belongs to the fans. It belongs to everyone.

Doctor Who isn’t only a TV show. Doctor Who is when you’re sure you heard something under your bed but you get up anyway. Doctor Who is the thrill you get in your heart when you hear the familiar doo-wee-oo, like hope and old friends and home. Doctor Who is the feeling of looking up at trillions of stars and knowing you’re not alone, in the universe, in the world, in your heart. Doctor Who is a Halloween costume only one person understands, and you bond like soulmates for just a moment. Doctor Who is the joy of discovery, exploration, understanding– and the peace that comes with knowing sometimes you will fail at those things, and that’s okay.

There’s a quote from the end of “Looking for Alaska” by John Green that says, “We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.” Doctor Who can’t be brought down by one man, and even if it falls, it’ll get right back up. As long as we love it and watch it and create for it ourselves, it will never disappear. Doctor Who will never be gone; it’s far too loved for that.

Writing Tips: Appealing to Young Adults



: can you name some stories that you can image and want to read, like what books will interest teens or young adults? i want write a short story but im bad at thinking about the plot.

Sometimes a writer will already know exactly who their target audience is, but will have no idea how to win them over! Hopefully, these tips will help you better relate/hook your teenage audience. 
(To answer your personal question of what books I like, I like anything from John Green to J.K. Rowling to Ray Bradbury to F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love pieces with unique style, interesting voice, and deep meanings. My favorite books are “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “everyday” by David Levithan, and of course, many many others. Short story-wise, my favorites are often done by Kurt Vonnegut, my ultimate favorite from him being “Harrison Bergeron.” ) 1. Think about what books you like(d as a teen). 

A surefire way to get a teen’s thoughts on novels without having to initiate much conversation/ get results quickly is to merely ask yourself. What were you into as a teen? Were you all romance, or did you prefer adventures? Did you like a little bit of everything? Use this to help guide you into the appropriate genre. It’s a surefire way to get at least one opinion. 

2. Find out what teenagers like. 

You already have a tumblr, which is perfect, because if you look at the right tags or follow the right people, you will almost instantly “find the book-lover.” You’ll see fandoms arise. You’ll see quotes from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”  and “Looking for Alaska.” You’ll watch as people freak about books such as “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars” become movies. Sometimes, you’ll even see fandoms form. The Hunger Game fandom is certainly present, and the “Potterheads" even after all this time still love the Harry Potter series with all their heart. Of course, you could always ask other teens what their favorite books are, and try to find similarities between each other’s interests. I would also ask what they dislike, so you can avoid that in your writing.  My ultimate suggestion would be for you to read more contemporary, popular work. Soak up the style, see the genres, fall in love with the characters. In order to truly find out what other people like, you need to truly understand what those things are. 

3. Avoid the cliche; Don’t be afraid to think out of the box.

Even if your idea seems a little weird, I would still recommend you go for it. Overdone ideas could easily bore an audience, and books with interesting concepts are usually the "blockbusters” to begin with. “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Divergent” all were incredibly original books with a young adult following. Afterwards, you could get a couple of close friends (ideally young adults) to read your stories (vary it up if possible–guys and girls) . See what they say. Listen to their thoughts. They are your editors and beta testers at the same time: Their opinion’s important. This doesn’t mean you have to follow every idea or suggestion, but keep in mind that a second opinion is always useful.

4. Some Psychology knowledge and plot arcs.

This may be really crazy to consider, but the teenage mind is hacking and deleting information in your brain everyday–and at this stage in one’s life, it is almost completely in the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for decision-making, emotion analysis, and great parts of one’s personality. You may have/do feel that as a teenager, no one understands/understood you. This is why. The teenage brain (especially the younger half of them) cannot understand and recognize some emotions as well as an adult can. ( This is probably part of the reason why you had that teacher in high school that you swore hated you. ) Along with this, the brain is structurally egocentric at this stage–there is a feeling of invincibility, possibility and adventure at this stage in life. 

While all this may sound incredibly random and useless, start to think about famous young adult novels, especially in their quotes and plot arcs. In “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” there is the line “We were infinite.” In most of John Green’s novels, there is a certain adventure–both emotional and physically–that the main characters take to reach the end of the book. Many young adult books are in the first person. Chances are, the main character will be trying to find themselves–just as their readers are. There is a method to that madness. 

5. A note on short stories.

Short stories are essentially short novels. They have the same idea: beginning, middle, end. They both have characters and conflict. Only, due to their usual couple thousand word length (as opposed to tens of thousands), word choice and voice are important as ever. Don’t try to steer the plot in too many directions–but do try to leave room to keep your audience guessing. It can be hard, writing shorter pieces, but editing and cutting lines can always shine up a rough draft.

I hope you found this helpful! If you want any more clarification, please don’t be afraid to ask! ~Ashley

Anon requested: “could you do a drawing inspired by the quote “I go to seek a great perhaps” from looking for Alaska?”

Looking for Alaska inspired tattoo ©. “I go to seek the great perhaps”

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