John Michael Green is an American writer of young adult fiction, a YouTube Vlogger and educator and is entirely made of awesome. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking For Alaska, and reached the number one on a New York Times Best Seller list with The Fault in Our Stars in January 2012.
In 2007, John Green and his brother Hank began a video blog project called Brotherhood 2.0 which would run from January 1 to December 31 of that year. The two brothers agreed that they would forgo all text-based communication with each other for the duration of the project, instead maintaining their relationship by exchanging video blogs, each submitting one to the other on each alternate day. These videos were uploaded to a YouTube channel called vlogBrothers (as well as the brothers' own website) where they reached a wide audience. In the project's final video, the brothers revealed that they would extend their video correspondence indefinitely,and as of 2013 they have continued exchanging their unique vlogs.
Since the project's inception the duo have gained a wide reaching international fanbase whose members identify collectively as "Nerdfighters".The group, in collaboration with the two brothers, promote and participate in a number of humanitarian efforts, including the Project for Awesome, an annual charity fundraiser, a Nerdfighter lending group on the microfinancing website Kiva which to date has loaned nearly $3 million to entrepreneurs in the developing world, and the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, the brothers' own charity.
In addition to the main vlogBrothers channel, the brothers have also created a number of side-projects. These include Truth or Fail, a YouTube game show hosted by Hank and a variety of guest hosts, HankGames (either "with..." or "without Hank"), which consists mostly of screen-capture footage of various videogames, and the Emmy award-winning The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modernized serialization of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In 2012, following a grant from Google, the brothers launched a pair of short-format educational video series entitled Crash Course, which presents AP level World History, American History, and Literature (hosted by John) and SciShow which presents AP level Chemistry and Biology (hosted by Hank).
VidCon is an annual conference for the online video community. The conference was created by the Greens in 2010 in response to the growing online video community. Hank states, “We wanted to get as much of the online video community together, in one place, in the real world for a weekend. It's a celebration of the community, with performances, concerts, and parties; but it's also a discussion of the explosion in community-based online video.” The event draws many popular YouTube users, as well as their fans, and provides room for the community to interact. The event also contains an industry conference for people and businesses working in the online video field.
Project for AwesomeEdit
In 2007, the Greens introduced the charity project entitled the Project for Awesome (P4A), a project in which YouTube users take two days, traditionally December 17 and 18, to create videos promoting charities or non-profit organizations of their choosing. They raised a total of $483,446, surpassing their goal of $100,000.
Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green, who works as the Curator of Contemporary Art at Indianapolis Museum of Art. Sarah is referred to as "the Yeti" in vlogBrothers videos due to the fact that while she is often referenced, and is believed to exist, she is never seen on camera. They have two children, Henry and Alice, as well as a West Highland Terrier named Fireball Wilson Roberts (also known as "The Dread Pirate Fireball Wilson Roberts", "Bubbles the Nerdfighting Puppy", or simply "Willie").
Green's first novel Looking for Alaska was published in 2005. It is a school-based story largely inspired by his experience at Indian Springs. He won the Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for this book. Green's second novel, An Abundance of Katherines was published in 200 and was a runner up for the Printz Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
With fellow young adult authors, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Green collaborated Let It Snow (published in 2008) which comprises of three interconnected short stories set in a small town on Christmas Eve. In 2009 Nov 27, this book reached number 10 on the New York Times Bestseller List for paperback children's books.Green's third solo novel, Paper Towns was released on October 16, 2008. It debuted at Number 5 on the New York Times Bestseller list for children's books.
Green and David Levithan collaborated on the Novel Will Grayson in 2010. It was a runner-up (Honour Book) for two of the annual ALA Awards, the Stonewall Book Award for excellence in GLBT children's and YA literature and the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production.
In August 2009, Green had revealed that he was writing a new book titled The Sequel which was later scrapped.Green's next book The Fault in Our Stars was released on January 10, 2012. The New York Times Bestseller List for children's books listed The Fault in Our Stars at Number 1 for the weeks of January 29 and February 5, 2012. Green revealed that variously featured in The Sequel were added in TFiOS.