Books

The Negative Effects of The Fault in Our Stars‘ Megawatt Success

By  | 

Failure — that’s not a word you’d typically associate with a successful YA author, especially one as accomplished as John Green. He’s achieved fame as an author, vlogger, director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, stunt performer and actor, and all before he turned 40 years old. So, why is it that he himself is associating one of his latest projects with a word like failure? Sadly, it’s a side effect of the popularity of his most acclaimed work, The Fault in Our Stars.

John was already considered a notable author, penning and releasing books such as Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. But JG reached peak writing stardom after the January 2012 release of TFiOS; and an even higher professional peak when the film adaptation, starring Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort, hit theaters in 2014, opening at #1 at the box office. He was even included on Time magazine’s list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World that year. Since then, though, he hasn’t released any new writings.

According to John (via YouTube), there hasn’t been anything fresh because “a very public success happened to coincide with a series of very private failures.” While he considered it good news that TFiOS was topping all the best-seller lists, he was also in the process of penning a new novel about teenage identity thieves. Then, s*it hit the fan. “I started to feel this intense pressure,” he explained. “Like people were watching over my shoulder while I was writing.”

“Somewhere in that period, my job stopped being Person Who Writes Books, which is a present-tense job title, and became Person Who Wrote That One Book, which is a past-tense job title,” he added.

John admitted that his predicament was a “high-class” problem, but a problem nonetheless.
“Writing had always been a safe and sane way to pore out my obsessiveness and recursive thinking,” he explained. “But then suddenly it just didn’t provide that release anymore, and I realized, you know, I can stop.”

“Writing had become kind of miserable.”

He said, at some point, “I missed writing, but in the way you miss someone you used to love.”

Here’s the part you will probably like least: “I don’t know if I’ll ever publish another book” — ugh, dagger through the heart — “and if I do, I don’t know whether people will like it. I know they probably won’t like it as much as they liked The Fault in Our Stars.”

To cap everything off, he said he hopes he finishes the book he’s working on, and he hopes people like it… but he doesn’t know for sure. He’s still reaping the benefits of his book earnings, and is still currently a YouTube success, so there’s no real rush for him to write, write, write, but we, like John, are going to hold out *hope* for more.
_____
10x half of your fave couple died in a YA book, like when Gus passed away from cancer in TFiOS:

You can reach this post’s author, Kaitlin Cubria, on Twitter and Instagram!

Quiz: Which John Green Squad Should You Join?