The John Green Formula

The John Green Formula

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We all have our favorite places and ideas that we like to reside in, and authors, like the rest of us, return and frequent the same ones. After reading "The Fault in Our Stars" for the first time and rereading "Looking for Alaska," I started noticing where John Green likes to frequent and his “formula” for writing. By formula, I mean the elements that Green frequently included in many (satisfying) plot lines. Spoiler alert: don’t read on if you don’t want "The Fault in Our Stars" or "Looking for Alaska" ruined.

1. Pain and catharsis

"The Fault in Our Stars?" Two cancer kids. "Looking for Alaska?" Death and its aftermath. One might ask Nicholas Sparks the same question that we should ask John Green… how does he get away with killing off so many characters? Well, Green deals with it. While writing to such a young audience, Green first provides the pieces of how to grapple with death, and second, he puts the puzzle together. In both "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Looking for Alaska," Green lets the characters' worlds shatter, but slowly pieces them back together.

2. Alive characters

They prank. They cry. They laugh. They make up ridiculous nicknames. They are loud. They go on road trips. They are real and palpable unlike many young adult dystopian protagonists. I believe that Pudge and Gus are going through painful stuff, and it is painful stuff I can relate to more than getting chosen for the Hunger Games. Even though I love reading "The Hunger Games," sometimes I need to slip into a character that has personal problems instead of societal problems.

3. Allusions allusions allusions

Green makes me want to be well-read. Every book challenges me to go research someone, reread that Shakespeare play or skim that dusty biography. In "Looking for Alaska," Alaska obsesses over Simon Bolivar’s labyrinth and Francois Rabelais’ Great Perhaps, which become metaphors for Alaska’s own escape and Pudge’s journey through suffering. And of course the awful, ironic faults in Hazel and Augustus’ stars… the cancer. The unfortunate realization that unlike Cassius, who says man’s downfall is because of himself, their downfall is written in the stars (which always struck me as sad cross between "Romeo and Juliet" and "Julius Caesar").

But why does “The John Green Formula" work? Why are teens and young adults so in love with his writing? Because 1) he is not afraid to push us to be avid readers so he can write beautiful prose. Green doesn’t settle to be at my level; he challenges me to read up to his level. And 2) he writes about real teen issues, like death and self-confidence. Because sometimes we don’t need another love story, we need more books to teach us how to be strong, to grieve and to forgive.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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I Wasn't Going To Watch Season Two Of "13 Reasons Why" But I'm Glad That I Did

The second season hit all of the right notes, teaching us that bullying, sexual assault, and negligence are wrong, but so is suicide.
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When I saw that Netflix released season two of "13 Reasons Why", I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to watch.

I was hesitant for two reasons: Firstly, I was simply not mentally prepared when I watched the first season, and after 13 hours of binge-watching, I was left with no more tears to cry because of the show's brutal reality and relatability. I wasn't sure if I wanted to put myself through that again. Secondly, the show glamorized suicide, and that really bothered me.

Hannah's character remained virtually untainted throughout the entire first season, and the storyline never delved into the fact that she left her parents and other people who loved her behind. She was never held accountable for taking her life and was painted as only a victim. She was a victim, but she also ruined people's lives by choosing to commit suicide.

However, I ultimately decided to start watching season two, and I'm so glad that I did. All of the lingering questions and frustrations I had were finally answered and explained. The storyline for season two was so perfectly executed, and it introduced many relevant topics that needed to be talked about.

Although Hannah's character endured horrendous bullying and sexual assault, season two of the series taught us that no matter how bad life may seem, suicide is never the answer. In the first season, she is held in nothing but high regards and mourned by Clay, someone who cared about her whom she left behind. However, in season two, while he is envisioning her spirit during the process of grieving, he finally confronts her about the fact that choosing to take her own life was selfish.

In addition, each person who is mentioned on her suicide tapes is given the chance to explain his or her side of the story through testimonies in her mother's court case against the school system, which is something that season one greatly lacked.

We also learn so much more about Hannah's story in season two. We learn that Hannah was having more trouble at home than she alluded to in the first season and that she even had a sexual relationship with a character that wasn't mentioned on his tape.

We even learn that Hannah bullied someone herself at a previous school, which sheds a light on the vicious cycle of bullying. Hannah was indeed a victim of heinous acts and behavior, but she also wasn't perfect. I feel that her character was more relatable and less frustrating in the second season, and the plot really humanized her in a way the first season couldn't.

Alongside the newly discovered details about everyone's story, we also see one character being outcasted even as the others are coming together, which ultimately leads him to want to carry out a school shooting, even after seeking help. This is just one of the many ways the second season incorporated important topics that need to be discussed and prevented in society today.

And as if the show couldn't be any more timely, the emphasis on sexual assault through Jessica's story and the nod to the #MeToo movement at the end of the season really brought the story full circle and into our current reality.

I feel that the second season hit all of the right notes, teaching us that bullying, sexual assault, and negligence are wrong, but so is suicide.

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