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Why I Haven't Written a New Book

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In which John Green talks about writing books. And not writing books. And writing in new places.
You can find Turtles All the Way Down, The Fault in Our Stars, and my other books at your local library, or if you're inclined to buy them, at your local bookstore. You can find The Anthropocene Reviewed wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening.
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Jun 11, 2019

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vlogbrothers
vlogbrothers 8 months ago
Hi. Thank you for the kind and supportive words. Really. The greatest gift of the past 510 days has been hearing from so many people who live with mental illness or love someone who does, and who've found something meaningful or resonant in Turtles All the Way Down. So yeah. Thanks. As for The Anthropocene Reviewed, you can find it here: www.wnycstudios.org/shows/anthropocene-reviewed or listen wherever you get your podcasts. Sorry it is hard to spell. -John
AGBAJE ololade
AGBAJE ololade Month ago
The world is waiting. It's time to release a new book chief.
esrA eloH
esrA eloH 8 months ago
vlogbrothers I find myself feeling utterly befuddled at my mother's entire deliberate ignorance of the internet, the stuff I've gained direct access to, the people I just don't have a hope in hell of ever becoming aware of without. Listening to your mind, week after week, is a worthwhile thing in my mind, I really don't understand her assumption this thing is some psychos playground, & nothing more
betweenthesheets
betweenthesheets 8 months ago
I recently felt an inexplicable pull to reread TATWD and was reminded of how important it is to me. Never have I felt that my mental illness is so understood as when I read this book. It made me feel so much less alone. Thank you for Aza. And for all your vulnerability.
Theresa Ivy
Theresa Ivy 8 months ago
Did you count the days on calendar?😉
Tyler Lascola
Tyler Lascola 7 days ago
For the record, TATWD is not only your best book yet but my all-time favourite book - and I’m an English major, I read a lot of books! I connected to it in a way that I’d never connected to a book before, and I’m so grateful to you for producing it in spite of your own setbacks ♥︎ But really, I’ve written essays on your work for classes and I’m… really proud of you, from a writer to a fellow writer, because you’ve developed so much and gotten so good at writing. Love you ♡
Ayush Agarwal
Ayush Agarwal 22 days ago
Love the pod!
Zaina Canan
Zaina Canan Month ago
❤❤❤
Lauren Miracle
Lauren Miracle Month ago
I love your writing and I can say I’ve ready about everyone of your books at least 2 times each, and by far my favorite has to to be Turtles all the way down ( Looking for Alaska as runner up) I think your writing style is so unique and you are among a few the only writers that I really enjoy reading. I can’t wait until you come out with a new book, but mental health always comes first. Thank you for the wonderful books you have created.
Jack Xiao
Jack Xiao Month ago
You're a great writer John. What you write makes me feel how you feel, the only equivalent I can think of is Dave Chappelle's Standup Comedy.
Lily Cash
Lily Cash Month ago
Your stories are so exquisite and I've found it difficult to read books other than your because your writing is so unique and special to me. ❤️ I can't wait to read further books from you, but all your timing!
Julia
Julia Month ago
plEASE I LIVE FOR YOUR WRITING JOHN
Abdullah Hassan
Abdullah Hassan 2 months ago
Just shut up and publish a new novel
Cecilie Hansen
Cecilie Hansen 2 months ago
You are my favorite writer and I hope you’ll write books again soon. You are too brilliant to feel the things you describe here - not that I don’t understand.
Lilly L
Lilly L 2 months ago
I first found your books when I visited Amsterdam. Of course the fault in our stars was the book I read there. I was 13 and utterly in love with everything you put in this story. Since then I read every book you wrote more than I can count. I‘m 19 now and I still love them. I was soo happy to receive turtles all the way down with an autograph!! What I really wanted to say: I miss your novels and I hope to read a new one in the future! Until then: be safe with your mental health and be happy. We care about you, not only your books.
Jana Hatem
Jana Hatem 3 months ago
it was the best. don't worry.
Friends Don't Lie
Friends Don't Lie 3 months ago
Don't worry, you're not nearly as douchepanty as Peter Van Houten
Don't Worry be Happy
👍
Becca Lunde
Becca Lunde 3 months ago
High school English and history teacher here....just wanted to say that your books make such a difference! I have all of them in my classroom library, and so many students who "hate" reading have checked them out and fell in love with your characters, especially in Turtles All the Way Down for my kids with anxiety. I'm grateful for the realistic characters you create and for the students who connect with them. I'll be the first to pre-order when you write another one (for myself and my students!). In the meantime, I'm watching Crash Course with my APUSH students and listening to your podcast!
John Young
John Young 3 months ago
I like your thought of books as a quiet experience in a loud world, but sometimes the book can be shattering in a 'loud' way too. I've had people tell me my novel keeps them awake because they can't get it out of their heads so they have to get up and read on. And in the writing of it, sometimes it was a quiet and safe place, while at other times shaking me to tears. Either way, I get why you took the time off. Sounds like you're getting recharged over the 500+ days. Best to you, John Young, author of WHEN THE COIN IS IN THE AIR
Jim Laslett
Jim Laslett 3 months ago
I switched off after 2,30minutes 🤷‍♂️
randomguy
randomguy 4 months ago
hello from canada! *its fucking cold here*
Cassidy Jade Thomas
Cassidy Jade Thomas 4 months ago
I dont think you need to worry because i read Fault in our stars and I just loved the book and you know what just reading one book of yours made you my favorite author and honestly people can judge because you have so many people who love your books
Deborah Minter
Deborah Minter 4 months ago
😂
Tori Husen
Tori Husen 5 months ago
I've enjoyed your content for years, but Turtles All The Way Down was the first book that I've read by you. And it kind of broke me open. I don't have OCD, but some of the spirals Aza finds herself in remind me of my own. So much so that I had to close the book and reset a couple times. I love that book, but not for my usual reasons. It didn't give me an escape. It didn't wisk me away to some far off land with magic and monsters. It just reminded me of who I am, without making me feel like that's a bad thing to be. So thank you, for everything.
Space Racer26
Space Racer26 5 months ago
It give me hope to know that even when publishing your 5th novel you were worried if people would like it. I guess that’s something that never really goes away
LokiZ 007
LokiZ 007 5 months ago
Turtles was my favorite.
Simply Ayanah
Simply Ayanah 6 months ago
LISTEN… The Fault in Our Stars was EVERYTHING! I know that book is super old but man it was such a good book.
Leslie Nicole Johnson
Plus no ones buying and reading books that much anymore. So the market is dwindling.
Clara Monteiro
Clara Monteiro 6 months ago
i love turtles all the way down soooooo much
alexroseagain
alexroseagain 6 months ago
I recently did a Bookmoji display at my library (like blind date with a book, but instead of a summary, you get a three emoji summary of the books). I summarized TATWD as 🕵️‍♀️🌀🦎
James Reeves
James Reeves 6 months ago
It's a difficult listen to hear of your champagne problems. I have a few dear self-published author friends who have struggled for years to find an audience, to the point of offering their books for free in the hope of receiving positive reviews. These efforts have resulted in being trolled with negative reviews by people who never read the freely offered books, but found instead toxic gratification in berating the authors' work. They have been taken advantage of by online book sellers, publishers and a plethora of applications with promises of great success, for a fee. The literary landscape has changed to the extent that anyone with great ideas is sidelined by only those with the monetary wherewithal to make their voice heard. Ursula K. Le Quin knew this was coming in 2014 and said as much at the National Book Awards. So here we are. Your works are excellent and have received many accolades , as they should. I believe its useful to remember that while a few rise to the top, many will sink to the bottom. Humility breeds empathy. www.matejaklaric.com/ is one example of what I mean.
Mari10
Mari10 6 months ago
I really want to know what happens in the final of Turtles All The Way Down, but I can’t. I never finish the book, but I’m always trying to. The words and feelings that you expressed anxiety makes me cry, my book had tears marks. You touched my heart, your story change my life. I’m a reader fan and for all books that I read before Looking For Alaska and Turtles All The Way Down have a espace in my story. ( Sorry for my english, I don’t speak well, but I’m trying)🇧🇷
Dave's Cave
Dave's Cave 6 months ago
I’m no where near done with a novel. :) I need to read your new novel.
Clarissa Roberts
Clarissa Roberts 6 months ago
You are my absolute favorite author. I went through a typical teenage depression in high school and during that time I found Looking for Alaska. It was relatable and beautifully written and though I have read it at least three times the plot twist is still harrowing and it is still just as captivating at my current age. It is my favorite book. I hope you are able to get out of your mind, as I know your own head can be a scary place at times. I loved your twist on anxiety in Turtles as well. We all love your work and support you and though we are all anxiously awaiting your next masterpiece hope you are well.
Caroline McGlinchy
Caroline McGlinchy 6 months ago
TATWD is 100% my favorite john green novel. i think it’s a genuine standout from the rest of his novels. and i hate hate hate young adult novels, especially romantic ones, but this novel really just clicked something within me. thank you for this novel, john🧡 i really would love to see TATWD in novel form. and i never thought i would love a john green novel. but, don’t judge an author by their most popular book.
maddy marie
maddy marie 6 months ago
Since i haven’t read your work since middle school and i just graduated high school, i’m so much more used to history re-teller john green than novelist john green haha. going into college i would like to redeem novelist john green as i pursue my english degree and work my way up to being an author. thank you for all the inspiration
maddy marie
maddy marie 6 months ago
We would wait 510 years for a new book! Keep doing you and always put yourself first
Willie The Book Nerd
What about turtles all the way down movie adaption?
Margot Finch
Margot Finch 6 months ago
I will always support you and stay as your faithful fan, John! Live your life you're entitled to it.
Ichy Naji
Ichy Naji 6 months ago
Take care of yourself John
Ichy Naji
Ichy Naji 6 months ago
I loved all your books
「 RedShareen 」
「 RedShareen 」 6 months ago
such a simple and universal concern that is nevertheless so artfully articulated _i see you've been writing, john_
deanmullen10
deanmullen10 7 months ago
You're a great inspiration. You've inspired a lot of other people to write whether as a catalyst inspiration or in my case, an added but substantial inspiration in my dream of having a book published one day.
The pink Show
The pink Show 7 months ago
My god I don’t even know how to express how much your books have meant to me. I first read fault in our stars in middle school and it changed my life. In a space where I felt so alone I could pick up that book and be happy all of a sudden. I have reread that book enough to quote it in my darkest times. So whether you write another book or not. Your the best writer I’ve ever known. If you ever do write a novel again just know I’d be happy to read it or even your opinion on Taco Bell.❤️
Jennie White
Jennie White 7 months ago
I love the anthropecene reviewed!
RASHI DIWAN
RASHI DIWAN 7 months ago
Dear Mr John Write anything publish anything I'll read it. Honestly I'll read your grocery list
Vanshika Dhyani
Vanshika Dhyani 7 months ago
I love JG so much
BookishLish
BookishLish 7 months ago
Quick question John - would you ever consider publishing your Anthropocene reviewed pieces as a collection of essays? Maybe of your favorites, or more volumes as time goes on? I would LOVE that kind of thing to pick up and read to relax since I sometimes have trouble focusing on podcasts (I have the same problem with audiobooks). Plus the premise makes a great coffee table book :)
Kaitlyn Kerwick
Kaitlyn Kerwick 7 months ago
adaptationSSSS! whats besides looking for alaska?
Zach Shields
Zach Shields 7 months ago
Kaitlyn Kerwick there’s a tatwd movie being planned
Omio Rahman
Omio Rahman 7 months ago
Your videos helped me pass my exam and gave new information , thnx
Omio Rahman
Omio Rahman 7 months ago
Hey aren't you the crash Course history guy?
elisabeth moss
elisabeth moss 7 months ago
We’ll support you in whatever medium you choose to continue in. Thank you for giving us thoughtful content, whether in podcast form or a novel. I’m glad you’re doing what you like. ❤️
ID10T
ID10T 7 months ago
John I want ur brain in one piece don’t rush a book or prioritize it over your mental health u feel me just do you even if you’re branching out
Josiah Six
Josiah Six 7 months ago
Is that Ben's sword from Papers Towns in the back?
Evie H
Evie H 7 months ago
John! TATWD is an amazing book!!! You describe anxiety and thought spirals so well!
LetsTalk Tea
LetsTalk Tea 7 months ago
Hey John, I love your books and I'm sorry if people are putting pressure on you. I'll always be your fan regardless.
Bruna Santiago
Bruna Santiago 7 months ago
I totally agree with you and understand you! Take care, you're awesome
Kelly S
Kelly S 7 months ago
"I do intend to publish more novels. Many more hopefully." That's all I needed to hear. I'm tearing up from overwhelming joy. That's enough for me.
Life of Jaya
Life of Jaya 7 months ago
Hey John, I know that this video wasn't really about Turtles All The Way Down. But I just want to thank you personally for writing Turtles All The Way Down because as I also struggle with anxiety I was itching for a book that depicted anxiety properly without enforcing harmful stereotypes. And you, yes you did that John. So thank you so much.
Gabi
Gabi 7 months ago
I've read turtles all the way down (i'm in love with this book and i can't stop thinking about it) and want to read your other books. You're amazing writer.
Kanav Bhandari
Kanav Bhandari 7 months ago
i really love the anthropocene reviewed :D
Joe Carrick-Varty
Joe Carrick-Varty 7 months ago
Awesome vid, John. I recently published my debut collection of poetry and have been feeling really depressed... which is odd because publishing my work is all I've ever wanted! The world is odd
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