“It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.”
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a young adult novel written by John Green and David Levithan.The chapters alternate narrators between two people named Will Grayson. The first Will Grayson (narration by John Green) is introverted, straight, and tries to avoid unhappiness and disappointment by abiding by two rules: "don't care too much, and shut up" — in contrast to his lifelong best friend Tiny Cooper, who is extroverted, and both "really really gay" and "really really large". The second Will Grayson (narration by David Levithan) is a loner, cynical and clinically depressed, who is in love with his AIM buddy Isaac and puts up with his sort-of friend Maura.The two Will Graysons meet up about a third of the way through the novel, when the second Will Grayson goes to meet Isaac in person for the first time. What follows is a heartwarming Coming of Age Story about friendship, drama, coming out of the closet, and the gayest musical to ever grace the high school stage.
Tropes involved in this work include:
Acrofatic: Tiny, as seen in the scene where he jumps off a swing set and sticks a perfect landing, to the astonishment of everyone.
All Gays Love Theater: Played straight with Tiny, whose self-written self-starring self-directed semi-autobiographical musical serves as the Concert Climax of the book, and probably Gary, who plays Will #1's Expy within the play. Averted with Will #2.
all lowercase letters: will #2's chapters are written like this. in the afterword, levithan explains he felt it just fit the character.
One Steve Limit: Aversion of this trope is the entire premise. Will #1 points out that he's googled himself enough times to know just that there are plenty of Will Graysons the world. Turns into a Brick Joke when Will #2 brings some of them to Tiny's musical.
Running Gag: The term "bitchsquealer", and Will #1 not knowing what it means.
Serial Romeo: Tiny. In fact Will #1 tells him basically that he is in love with being in love.
Show Within a Show: Tiny Dancer (later rewritten and renamed Hold Me Closer), Tiny's semi-autobiographical musical (which he also wrote, choreographed, starred in and directed himself).
Supporting Leader: According to Word of God, Tiny Cooper can be thought of as the real protagonist of the book, and the Wills are just sidekicks, but John Green is the sort of author who won't really confirm anything for his readers.
Will They or Won't They?: Will #1 and Jane; the metaphor for their relationship being Schrödinger's cat - they (the physicists) don't know if the cat (their relationship) is alive or dead. By the end, it's perfectly alive.