Before John Green, his general category of realistic (non-fantasy) YA was rife with teen angst and “issues” fiction that you might have associated with the legendary Judy Blume, or with newer writers like Sarah Dessen or Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson’s classic 1999 novel Speak, about a high schooler struggling to deal with the aftermath of sexual assault, was so influential that three years later Penguin launched an entire imprint named after it. One of the books launched under the behest of Speak was Green’s Looking for Alaska. But it’s Green whose name you’re more likely to know today, not Anderson’s, although Anderson has won more awards and written more books.
On Twitter, Green has 2 million followers. Compared to the rest of the leaders in Young Adult fiction, that number is staggering. To approach even half the Twitter influence of John Green all by himself, you need an entire army of YA women. Anderson, Blume, Dessen, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Rainbow Rowell, Maureen Johnson, Malinda Lo, Holly Black, LJ Smith, Ellen Hopkins, Shannon Hale, Lauren Myracle, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, and Leigh Bardugo: As a group these women only have about 1.2 million followers on Twitter. That’s the voice of one man outweighing several decades of women who have had major successes, critical acclaim, and cultural influence.
You can’t weigh their successes in the same way, though, because John Green has a lot of other projects on YouTube specifically, but also on Tumblr and other social networking sites. I agree that women’s voices need to be heard, but in this case these are things that can’t be weighed against each other.
"kim is talentless and slutty" kim kardashian can’t hear you over the sound of all her legal team lawyers calling to discuss her latest store opening / makeup empire / tv contract / business strategy on how she can make more money than you will make in your goddamn year sorry RING RING RING RING RING thats also kanye west calling to have phone sex with her from tour because they have a healthy relationship where they love each other and want to be intimate in a way their lives allow. you sound mad you look mad. stay mad