“AIA is about this girl names Anna (who narrates the story) and her one-eyed mom, who is a professional gardener obsessed with tulips…” (Green 48)
Tulips are mentioned in a couple other sections of the book, and in this particular circumstance of Anna’s mother (and by extension in Hazel’s mind, her own mother) being obsessed with tulips. The vlogbrothers video above discusses how the most beautiful and prized tulip above all others was also carried the disease which made it beautiful. This parallels the idea in TFIOS of beauty in disease that began with Thoreau’s quote on consumption and the hectic glow. Anna’s mother being obsessed with tulips appears to be not just a horticultural disposition, but a mother’s own obsession with her beautiful and sick child.
I’m in Grand Haven, Michigan right now recording an audio version of The Fault in Our Stars. A lot of people have asked me to narrate the audiobook, and after extensive discussions with my awesome audiobook publisher, we have arrived at the following solution:
There will be a real audiobook, narrated by Kate Rudd, who sounds exactly like Hazel sounds in my head, and whose audition tape perfect and made me cry. That audiobook will be widely distributed in the way that audiobooks generally are and made available to the general public.
Then there will be this version, narrated by me, which will be available in a limited edition only at dftba.com and only as a physical thing. I’m in Grand Haven, Michigan now recording the audiobook, and in addition to six CDs comprising the recording, this box set will include:
- A DVD with eight videos in which I discuss themes from the book, visit settings, talk about different inspirations, and explore the many ways in which the nerdfighter community shaped (and made possible) the book that because The Fault in Our Stars.
- A wristband for The Hectic Glow, a band so underground they do not exist.
- A concert ticket for the aforementioned Hectic Glow.
- Four TFiOS-themed postcards designed by nerdfighters.
- Also, and this is important, every copy of this special, limited edition audiobook will be totally unsigned.
Like I said, the box set is really only for people in our community–well, and I guess anyone else who wants to listen to a 34-year-old man narrate the life of a 16-year-old girl. So, essentially this box set is for nerdfighters and then secondarily for extreme creepers.
We’re contractually obligated never to do a second printing, so these will be the only copies of this recording that ever exist. So I can’t promise my narration is good (it isn’t), but I am really grateful to my audiobook publisher Brilliance and everyone at DFTBA for making this possible, and I hope you like it!
So this is not final yet, but I just did this for my Publication Design class. We had to create a poster for anything, so I decided to make a poster for The Hectic Glow. The concert “date” is January 10th, the release date for The Fault in Our Stars, and the concert is in Agloe, New York. I picked a few Nerdfighter bands to play with them as well. Any thoughts on it from anyone? This isn’t actually due for another week but I thought I’d put it on Tumblr in hopes of some critiques/ideas.
Seems like you must be referring to this post! I am afraid that no, The Hectic Glow - awesome as they are - are not a real band. What they are instead is a fictional band loved by one of the main characters in John Green’s latest novel The Fault In Our Stars, which you should definitely read if you are a person.
Here’s the great thing about The Hectic Glow though - they have ticket stubs to their concerts. They have wristbands. They have t-shirts and a Facebook fan page. All made by their fans. They are the ultimate indie supergroup - so unknown and underground and perfect that no-one has even heard any of their music, and could never be allowed to either. I know this might seem weird and dumb, but just think about it for a second. The Hectic Glow will never ruin their career with an overtly commercial second album. The Hectic Glow will never storm off stage at one of their concerts because a roadie put the mic lead in a place where they tripped on it. The Hectic Glow will never betray the trust of their fans by appearing in a video supporting the most appalling Presidential candidate of the election.
The Hectic Glow will never let you down.
Perhaps tomorrow you will scribble ‘The Hectic Glow’ in box letters in your exercise book. And perhaps someone will ask you what it means. You will say something like: “I liked their old stuff better than their new stuff, which is weird, because I LOVE their new stuff”. And you’ll leave them Googling away, maybe even eventually finding this post.
You think a band has to actually be real to be fun to follow? You’ll be delighted to find how wrong you are. Congratulations, you just became a fan of The Glow. Maybe even their biggest fan. Enjoy.
Oh, and if you buy their first album, make sure you have space around you to dance before you hit Track 5. Trust me, you’ll need it.
SO EXCITED to announce that I worked with DFTBA Records to create a brand new Hectic Glow gig poster for the Official Fault In Our Stars Store. Impress your friends! Confuse hipsters! And prove you were there for the greatest show there never was!