can we please stop pretending that john green is the most profound writer to ever exist
or, we could let kids finally have a role model that they can look up to who is not only a very talented writer but also an incredibly good human being who is making a positive difference in the world instead of, once again, beating down people for uninhibitedly loving what they love.
Also your premise in general is pretty weak. Like, John Green is a blip on the map of overrated literature. (And I will freely admit as a John Green fan that he can DEFINITELY be overrated.) Most people still don’t even know who John Green even is. Like on the internet and tumblr and in circles where YA literature is widely read — sure. Everybody knows about John Green. But I walk into a college English department? Ain’ t nobody there who knows who the fuck I’m talking about.
Like, you want to talk about writers who are are constantly, incessantly lauded as profound? Let’s talk about Dickens and Dostoevsky and David Foster Wallace and Flannery O’Conner and Nathaniel Hawthorne and Tolstoy and James Fucking Joyce.
I’ve read so many critically hailed novels and short stories by those assholes only to come away feeling like I wanna punch people for shoving their shit down my throat. Sometimes they’re good. Wallace and O’Conner on particular have their moments. But overall that shit leaves a bland sawdust kinda taste in my mouth. And I’m sure there are some grad students and professors and academics out there who would wanna slap me for saying such things. But that’s my read. I think Dickens was a fucking hack. And Dostoevsky was so self-hating and masochistic that I can’t get two words into his shit without gagging.
Like, fair enough. John Green is pretty overexposed right now. And you have every right to think him overrated and to roll your eyes at people who do think he’s “the most profound writer to ever exist.” I would probably roll my eyes at that too.
But perspective is important is all I’m saying.