It’s that time of year again. Graduation season, and hope for the future is in the air. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, delivered the commencement address at Butler University in 2013; one year after the book was published and before the movie was released in 2014.
I mention this particular speech because, with humor and counsel, it advises graduates on life after college. I found it interesting that Green didn’t shy away from tackling what he believes is the reality of what they will face; that graduates’ security in their knowledge and world will be replaced by the uncertainty of life after college. You might consider that his novel’s characters, Hazel and Gus, as their health fails, also journey from a degree of strength to weakness. Before the book began the teens experienced the strength of youth and health, and throughout the book their heath fades. So the uncertainty of when life will end develops, leading eventually to death; Gus’ portrayed in the novel, and Hazel’s to occur after the conclusion.
Also, it is fitting for today because Green’s Romance is a Young Adult book, continuing the YA theme. Most Romances tend to be written by women, so I chose this speech because it was delivered by a male author. A couple of other male authors dealing with romance include Michael Ondaatje of The English Patient, and Nicholas Sparks of The Notebook whom I blogged about. Play the above YouTube video to listen to John Green’s commencement address.
I watched and enjoyed the movie, The Fault in Our Stars. EmotionaI and heartbreaking. Sometimes raw or with humor. I recommend it for both Adults and Young Adults, who I am aware both read or watch it.
Have a good weekend!
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John Green’s commencement speech, 2013. Butler university. Published May 16, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2016, from: https://youtu.be/BLQ4Tswr1Ss