David Lindquist from the Indy Star was at an Ann Katz Event in Indianapolis and briefly summed up in an article what John talked about.
"Back home in Indianapolis after spending much of two months visiting Pittsburgh and Amsterdam for the filming of “The Fault in Our Stars,” author John Green is raving about actress Shailene Woodley.
Woodley portrays Hazel Grace Lancaster, an Indianapolis teenager who finds love with a fellow cancer patient in Green’s best-selling novel.
“Not to brag, but I think I know more about Hazel’s interior experience than anyone who’s alive on the planet,” Green told a sold-out audience of 200 Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts attendees Monday night at the Arthur M. Glick JCC. “I was worried that I would see Shai and think, ‘Oh, she has her own Hazel. She’s not my Hazel.’ But every day she was my Hazel, and that was such a gift to me.”
The film is scheduled for release on June 6, 2014.
Check out the rest of the article, including 10 things the audience learned about John, afeter the cut
The Katz festival continues through Nov. 17, concluding with an appearance by “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God” author Matthew Levitt.
Here are 10 things that Green’s audience — likely 70 percent female and younger than 21 — learned about the online superstar who has more than 1.8 million Twitter followers and more than 1.5 million YouTube subscribers:
1. If people find the teenage dialogue in “The Fault in Our Stars” too smart to be true, Green doesn’t protest. He said his intent was the “heightened language” of a tragic love story, akin to Shakespeare’s unrealistic conversations in “Romeo & Juliet.”
2. When an audience member asked Green for his wish for Indianapolis, the author advocated long-term cultural investments. An effort to bring filmmaking to the city would be a start, Green said, noting that Pennsylvania hosted the primary “Fault” shoot because that state offers tax incentives to Hollywood productions and Indiana does not.
3. In some type of inverted “Truman Show” scenario, Green said he imagined as a youngster that he was the only human in a world filled with aliens in disguise. There’s no absolute way to dispel the notion, he added.
4. When an audience member asked what advice Green might give to his teenage self, he replied, “Stop drinking” and “Don’t smoke cigarettes anymore.” Green spent his high school years at an Alabama boarding school, which served as inspiration for his debut novel, 2005’s “Looking for Alaska".
5. Green also shared advice for today’s teenagers, the by-definition demographic for his young adult fiction: “Pay meaningful attention in the moment,” he said, even if it’s a challenge in distraction-filled times.
6. The mid-sentence ending to fake novel “An Imperial Affliction” (a major plot driver in “Fault”) was inspired by iconic 1990s novel “Infinite Jest,” by David Foster Wallace.
7. When an audience member brought up “the hero’s journey” in works such as Homer’s “Odyssey,” Green turned away from sea monsters and major battles. Instead, he quoted Mississippi author Eudora Welty: “I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”
8. The curious title of Green’s Tumblr page, “Fishing Boat Proceeds,” is a reference to one of the only boxes he didn’t check on a tax form back when he took dozens of small writing jobs to make ends meet.
9. This year’s Project for Awesome, the annual online charity drive organized by Green and his brother, Hank, is scheduled Dec. 17-18. Green said people in need shouldn’t be defined by their circumstances. “People who are poor are not merely poor,” he said.
10. At the heart of Green’s speech, he talked about the challenge to respectfully understand opposing perspectives. “It’s the only way constructive progress is made,” he said.