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'Paper Towns' and Everyday YA: Please adapt these teen tales into films too!

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John Green fans must have felt as though they’d stumbled into the literal heart of Jesus on Monday with news that the author’s 2008 novel Paper Towns would also be adapted into a feature film, with The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff cast in the lead. The announcement isn’t just a boon for Nerdfighters everywhere, but also for fans of what, for our purposes, I’ll call Everyday YA: teen narratives in which nary a magic wand, sparkling vampire, or deadly arena (save for the high school hallway, of course) are to be found. And this latest option may just be the start.

When my colleague Nicole Sperling spoke with movie producers in the wake of Divergent‘s boffo box office, they hinted that the trend in young-adult filmmaking may very well be these types of tales — “less action-oriented and more intimate,” as Sperling summarized it. So if the tide is indeed turning toward the sort of characters who would have populated your 15th birthday party, noshing on Doritos and paging through YM magazines (RIP!), where should moviemakers mine for source material? I’ve got three suggestions for Everyday YA perfectly suited for celluloid: READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars' trailer: A deep dive

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“I’m crying.” “Dead.” “It’s perfect.” “She’s not who I pictured.” “He’s so cute.”

One might expect those kind of over-the-top reactions from fans when the first look at a superhero or other likely summer blockbuster debuts. (I mean, we all remember where we were when we first saw Heath Ledger as the Joker, right?) But today was a different kind of big summer movie: Fans got the first full-length trailer for the movie adaptation of the beloved YA book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Starring About-To-Be-It-Girl Shailene Woodley as well as I’m-Also-In-Divergent Ansel Elgort, the tearjerker features the duo as a couple of teens who meet in a cancer support group. While Hazel resists their relationship in fear of eventually hurting him with her death, he persists and their ensuing adventure of love and life resonated with readers of all ages. (The book is currently number one on Amazon’s bestseller list.) While the sarcastic humor and edge of the novel is one of the main reasons people have latched on so strongly to it (Read: This isn’t A Walk To Remember),  the plot is quite heavy – so it was no surprise there were quite a few feelings over the 2:30 clip released this afternoon.

Let’s break it down (Light spoilers follow. Read the book. Just do it.) READ FULL STORY

UPDATE: 'The Fault in Our Stars': We need to talk about that tagline

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The poster for the film you’re going to sob your way through come June is here.

The first look at The Fault in Our Stars promo art has arrived (see it above) and depicts stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort lying on the grass face to face, young and in love. It’s all very sad and bittersweet and exactly how it should be; I particularly love that the studio isn’t shying away from showing Woodley with the oxygen tubes. Things were pretty dang perfect until I read the tagline: “One sick love story.”

Wait, what? That’s awfully glib for a film that’s going to depict the story of two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and are dying. While I obviously get that taglines need to be quick and quip-y, this seems a little bit too far, right? There’s smart and then there’s groan-worthy. Should we all be looking forward to cancer puns as this movie’s promotion really gets going? Is a first trailer with “Was my stomach doing flip-flops because of Augustus or my cancer meds?” next? READ FULL STORY

The Best YA Novel of All Time bracket game: And the winner is...

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… not a novel, but a series. And what a series.

That’s right: EW readers have officially voted J.K. Rowling’s epic, game-changing Harry Potter saga to be the best YA novel — er, novels — of all time. (Why did we pit series against standalone books? Simple: As EW book editor Tina Jordan explained, the list would have been too cluttered “with multiple titles from YA’s most outstanding series” otherwise.)

On one level, this should hardly come as a shock. Harry, after all, is responsible not only for introducing an entire generation to the wonders of reading but also for single-handedly creating a boom in children’s and young adult publishing, one that shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. The film adaptations of Rowling’s series also helped spur a new franchise-based film economy, while arguably ruining movie sequels to boot.

Look back at the way the full bracket progressed, though, and you’ll see that Harry’s ultimate nemesis — not Voldemort, but John Green’s heartbreaking romance The Fault in Our Stars — made its way to the top by summarily crushing franchise after franchise.
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President Obama talks policy, baby names on Google+ hangout

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This afternoon, President Obama participated in a Google-sponsored, Google-approved video roundtable with a range of normal folk who moonlight as bloggers, entrepreneurs, and authors (including a certain one named John Green). READ FULL STORY

Author John Green is going to (Google) hangout with President Obama -- VIDEO

Tonight may be President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address of his second term (important!), but Thursday he’ll follow it up with a Google+ hangout featuring author, vlogger, and Hank-brother, John Green.

This we learned the usual way: because Green announced it on his YouTube channel.

“Wait, did you just say I was gonna be in a Google+ hangout with the President of the United States of America?” he asks himself while narrating “the sound of his anxiety.” (Watch the video below.)

The hangout’s other guests include “a group of people who regularly discuss important issues of the day online,” according to a post on Google’s blog. This means that Green is one of those important issue-discussing people. This makes Green nervous, according to the vlog, compounding the fact that his brother and fellow vlogger Hank had already stolen some mutual footage which derailed John’s vlogging plans for the day which might be causing him a cold sore. (Again, watch the video.)

All of that worry so that we can learn this: Green will be asking the President some questions, although he hasn’t nailed them all down yet…although one of them might be, “Would you rather fight 10 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?”

And also: You, too, can participate in the hangout and submit questions. Congratulations, America. (John Green, calm down.)

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