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At first it really bothered me. I thought of TFiOS of a little treasure that only Nerdfighters knew about. However, when it becomes a movie everyone is going to know about it, and it will become very mainstream. But now that I've thought about it for a while, it doesn't really bother me anymore. John Green deserves all of the success, and it will still be the same story that we have all fallen in love with. Just because more people know about it doesn't make it any less special.
Just my two cents. :0)
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Well, there are a couple of facets here:
1. As others have said above, this community is about openness, inclusivity, and the embracement of diversity.
2. As others have said above, John deserves any and all recognition that may come. His books are among the best I have ever read, and I hope that they are one day taught in American Literature classes alongside the works of Salinger, Hemmingway and Hawthorne.
3. Different people can appreciate literature on any number of different levels. You could read George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' as an allegory of the Bolshevik Revolution or you can read it as a story about some talking animals on a farm - and enjoy it either way. Perhaps you take the simpler interpretation reading as a younger person, and see the allegory on a later re-reading. In the same way, some 14 year old girls may read TFiOS and enjoy it on a more basic level, but hopefully they are still finding some meaning in it.
4. I think that on one level or another - most of us are better people for following Hank and John's work. Imagine of more and more people were exposed to it and the principles of Nerdfighteria spread like wildfire? The world would be infected with a terminal case of awesome.
5. Being concerned that our community might become trendy and therefore infected with hipsters, which will force you to say 'I was a fan back before it became mainstream and the hipsters came' makes you the very definition of a hipster.
EDIT: I just realized that five is more than 'a couple'. Mea culpa.
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from what I have seen here, people are mostly concerned with the wider audience of this book (TFiOS) misinterpreting what it means. And that is a legitimate concern, but there is really nothing that can be done. And there isn't really anything really wrong with that, because, let's be honest, it might be changing the meaning of the story, but it doesn't change the story. it brings to mind what john always says about the book being a creation of the reader as well.
Like, if you have read the Great Gatsby in class, and then you went to go see the movie, you would see the same story. the thing is, the way that your English teacher taught it and the way that the movie presented it were two different things. Though you could say that the English teacher's interpretation was probably better, it's still the same story. and every story is probably misinterpreted by someone. it is worth it for this person to misinterpret meaning and have a wider array of people exposed to a great book, really.
And as for having the book labeled assomething that "those people" (ie: nerdfighters and/or hipsters) read, who cares? that doesn't change the book inany way.
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