May 30, 2012 by Heidi
You’re more than just a book to me is a new feature I’m deciding to do here and now at Bunbury in the Stacks. Because there are a lot of authors out there who I love for so much more than their books, and I think everyone should know why.
Dear John Green,
A year ago, I didn’t know your name. Now, I see your name daily, and I think that’s just swell. I know you’ve published a few books, I’ve even read a couple of them. I know a number of people who laud you as the current king of contemporary YA, and that’s cool and all, but I think you should know that you’re more than just your books to me.
Part of it is because you utilize all sorts of ways to encourage good choices. For example, when you saw someone willing to trade Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max for An Abundance of Katherines by you, you kindly saved both that reader and the potential misguided soul willing to trade by offering to personally send them a copy if they would be so good as to recycle Assholes Finish First rather than passing it along. Some might say this encourages book burning of a sort, but in my mind, it encourages green living and good reading.
Part of it is because I have come to the conclusion that you must have had some of the greatest parents ever. Why? Your relationship with your brother, Hank, is filled with the kind of awesome that those of us not in your family have a hard time believing isn’t completely scripted and cast by some genius studio execs. Vlogbrothers constantly makes my day whether you’re talking about important current events and issues, or Twilight:
I could not put the issue of old immortal creepers rubbing up on teenagers better myself.
You encourage people to be informed, educated, and in the know about the world around them. You engage us all in learning, knowing that knowledge isn’t restricted to the classroom.
You’re a Nerdfighter extraordinaire. You fight to increase awesome, and decrease suck. Also your Nerdfighter site is a Ning, which is pretty fantastic. You engage an entire community and HELLO YOU ARE WINNING!
You can talk as fast as Lorelai Gilmore, which, let’s face it, not a lot of men can do. Though I like to think your brain is not a scary jungle full of scary gibberish.
So sure, I’ll continue to read any books you write. What’s more, I’ll continue to recommend them personally and professionally to teens and adults alike. After all, some people love you because you’re a damn good author. I love you because you’re a damn good person. Keep up the good work.
Don’t forget to be awesome,
P.S. Tell your brother Hank, I love him just as much as I love you, even if he never wrote a book that had me laughing so hard I had an asthma attack.