One of the most fascinating things about having an author who is so absorbed in the world of digital media, are the many ways in which he both receives criticism, and is able to directly respond to it.

The following are responses that John Green has gotten from readers via the message boards on his websites:

Gill Duffy January 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm
Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns changed the way I look at life.. you are an amazing writer. Absolutely amazing. Thank you for allowing the public to enjoy such novels. I just bought The Fault In Our Stars and I can’t wait to start reading.
Austin Kreitler January 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm
Hey John Green! holy shit. your good. like, really good. I’m Austin Kreitler and I am missing your Tour de Nerdfighteria Tour 2012. I wish i could be there tonight, I have rehearsal tonight and couldn’t make it to the event. I love your works DFTBA!!
Sophia Drapeau January 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm
Hi john green, i literally love you a bit more than my mother. I just became a nerdfighter. DFTBA!!! LOVE YOU! I’m missing your tour for rehearsal for a show. Basically this email had no point but I came to tell you how AWESOME you are! DFTBA!
Maya W. January 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm
You are a very cool person, John Green. Thanks.
Maya W.

Green is also able to respond to his professional critics in a very public way. The following are posts from John Green's Tumblr:

Frank Bruni Likes The Fault in Our Stars

Most of you probably don’t even know who Frank Bruni is (he is a writer for the New York Times), but this is a huge deal to me, because 1. he’s a great writer, and 2. he’s a great eater, which makes him a man after my own heart. It’s strange to me that my book would ever even make its way into his hands, let alone that he would read it and say such nice things.
Now I just have to figure out how I am going to turn this into a friendship that will involve Sarah and I eating at all the best restaurants in New York with him.

 Green is also able to respond personally and directly to people who may not like his books and in this case are trying to restrict them:

Following Green's video response to Depew's challenges, the book was retained and successfully taught in the classroom.


  1. That's a good going. Writers need good platforms to present their work. Sometime there are great writers but they do not get the right opportunity to present their work. But it is different in your case. Good luck!

  2. I personally believe John Green is a good author. I like his novels Looking for Alaska and Falt in stars. But criticsm is always there even for good things so no worries.