This trailer debuted today, and I've watched it at least twelve times.
It might be teen lit, but it's some pretty damn good stuff.
I spend colossal amounts of time with my nose in books, which often prompts people to ask me which ones I enjoy reading the most. To that question, I really never know what to say. My favorite book of all time is Charles Dickens' Great Expectations because I think that Estella is just so beautifully vile. Miss Havisham the root of all cynicism. Pip, model of a man unsure of who he wants to be and for what purpose... ah! And I think it's great that you all love Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or what have you, but those have never and will never be my thing. Anyway, I could go on for days. I don't know how to answer the question. That's my point.
This past summer, I discovered John Green. If we were voting on an author of the century, I would cast my ballot for him. He writes books with words that mean things. Do you know what I mean when I say that? His books are all about teenagers and I guess you could classify them as bildungsroman novels, but they're just so much more than that. I sobbed through this book on multiple occasions because it punched me in the gut. It meant so much to me.
Here's my favorite TFIOS quote:
"I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you and I know that is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you."
Augustus Waters, man. Kid's got it all figured out.