As we previously mentioned, every year, TIME produces a list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. The official list was published this morning, which names John Green in the category of “Artists”! And in order to commemorate Green’s addition to the list, Shailene Woodley wrote a piece for the magazine. Check out the article below, and CONGRATS to John Green!
Shailene Woodley: “Author and teen whisperer”
Sure, John Green may write best-selling young-adult novels, manage a YouTube channel (vlogbrothers) and organize an annual conference for video bloggers (VidCon), but he’s more than just an author, an artist and an innovator. I would go so far as to call him a prophet. No, not a prophet in a biblical sense. Don’t freak out. More a prophet in a universal, all-things-connected sort of context. Some say that through his books, John gives a voice to teenagers. I humbly disagree. I think John hears the voices of teenagers. He acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories. But he doesn’t just listen to young adults. He treats every human he meets as their own planet, rather than simply one of his moons. He sees people with curiosity, compassion, grace and excitement. And he’s encouraging a huge community of followers to do the same. What a gift to be alive at the same time as this admirable leader.
You can see the article HERE and also read about some of the others on the list!