If anyone’s interested, here is part 1 of when I met John and Hank at the Tour de Nerdfighting 2012 in Austin, Texas ^-^
I can’t believe you would do this to me I am crying omg. (I’m in this too.)
It’s a box set containing all four of my solo novels in hardcover, and both Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars are signed. The case for the box set, which is really amazing, was designed by nerdfighter extraordinaire Karen Kavett. It also includes a hardcover edition of the new cover for An Abundance of Katherines designed by the awesome Sarah Turbin. The box set is really beautiful (I’ve just seen one), and I’m psyched about it.
I’ve received lots of questions about whether this is real, etc., so yes, it is real, and yes, it is available for preorder.
SOMEWHAT RELATED: While signing for the box set, I signed a lot more copies of Looking for Alaska (I really enjoy signing my name), and starting in Octoberish, you’ll be able to find them in independent bookstores (and only independent bookstores!) around the United States.
Okay, so I need this. Yes, I already have TWO TFiOS that are signed, and AAoK/PT that are signed….but my Alaska is not signed….and I need the new Katherine’s cover because that’s my favorite book. So. Yeah. I need this. Sorry.
What will it mean to have my An Imperial Affliction be made into a film?
I am beyond happy for John and all his successes, because nobody deserves it more, but what will this mean?
I’m being selfish of course, and I am excited, but also very scared. Very very scared.
Until then, dftba.
Exactly…I am so happy for him, but it’s the kind of book you don’t want some people to get a hold of because what if it blows up and idk if that’s bad, but the specialness of the novel might mean less when everyone knows and loves and idk I sound dumb. I can’t explain it. I am just being selfish, too. GAH
I feel so happy I could bring at least one person to John’s books.
I just really love John’s books and I love when they’re appreciated around me.
Unambiguously happy. (By the way, the movie rights to The Fault in Our Stars were optioned by Fox 2000.)
Why unambiguously happy?
1. I like the people who are involved in this. They read the book with tremendous clarity and care, and they didn’t respond to it by being like, “This will make a billion dollars and we’ll all be rich,” which was really refreshing.
2. One of the producers is a Liverpool supporter.
3. There’s been a lot of grumble grumble the same production company made Twilight grumble grumble. Well, rest assured: They won’t make Twilight again. They can’t, because my book contains no vampires and very little glitter. What they’ve shown is an ability to make movies people like without comic book characters and billion dollar budgets, which is an underappreciated skill, and one that I find very valuable going into a challenging project like this one. It’s not easy to get Hollywood to make a funnysad movie about smart teenagers* with disabilities, let alone one that captures the guts of a story.
For the first time in my career, I feel like it might really work, and so I’m completely thrilled. (That said, there is a long way to go, and the vast majority of books that get optioned never actually turn into movies, and etc. etc. etc., so I’m not getting ahead of myself. But I’m very excited.)
* And, like, on some level it just required a lot of faith in contemporary movie-going audiences even to take a chance on a book like TFiOS. I am reminded of something a very prominent and famous Hollywood producer said to me about Will Grayson, Will Grayson: “The only thing audiences hate more than smart teenagers are gay teenagers.” Hearing things like that made me disinclined to work with people in Hollywood. But the discussions I’ve had with the people involved in developing The Fault in Our Stars have been vastly and refreshingly different.
Fingers crossed this one makes it on the big screen!!
Yay! It was a perfect book. I am already rereading it.
Sharpie + $3 t-shirt from Hobby Lobby= pure beauty in the form of a Hectic Glow t-shirt :D
(I’m very proud of my accomplishment, okay? It’s only a Tuesday!)