John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an award-winning Young Adult novelist and a famous Internet vlogger.
Green writes novels for young adults, securing the Printz Award for his first book Looking for Alaska and staying at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list for upwards of fifty weeks with The Fault in Our Stars. His other three solo works are An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Turtles All the Way Down. He's also worked on several books in collaboration with other young adult authors, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson with David Levithan, and Let It Snow with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.
On the Internet, he's probably best known for being one half of the VlogBrothers, along with his younger brother Hank Green, or the writer behind the interactive novel/riddle game thisisnottom. He is also noted for giving lectures on the humanities with the program Crash Course, and talking about interesting trivia on mental_floss, which he had written for early in his career.
Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a book reviewer for Booklist and as a chaplain at a hospital.
It should be noted that among his accomplishments are that, despite being a very common name, all but one of the results on the first page of a Google search on "John Green" are for him, and that he got his tens of thousands of YouTube followers to refer to his wife as "The Yeti," and is still married (it refers to the rarity and brevity of her appearances in VlogBrothers videos).
A number of his books have seen official adaptations. The Fault in Our Stars was adapted into a film in 2014, in which he was given a short cameo — which was then cut. Paper Towns was then adapted into a film released in 2015. Looking for Alaska, which had been in the works of getting a movie for quite a long time (over 10 years!), was instead turned into a miniseries that premiered on Hulu in 2019.
- Looking for Alaska (2005)
- An Abundance of Katherines (2006)
- Let It Snow - along with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (2008)
- Paper Towns (2008)
- "Freak the Geek", short story for the anthology Geektastic (2009)
- Zombicorns - online novella (2010)
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson - along with author David Levithan (2010)
- The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
- The Miracle of Swindon Town, Let's Play-Fan Fiction-autobigraphical-monologuing of FIFA Soccer 11
- Turtles All the Way Down (2017)
Tropes that generally apply to this author
- Author Appeal: He really loves deconstructing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Blithe Spirit tropes. At least four of his full-length novels contain a central character who seems to be a larger-than-life personality out to improve the lives of their prosaic peers, but ultimately turns out to be just a flawed human being with their own problems and insecurities.