If People Were Rain

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
– John Green

This quote is said by Miles “Pudge” Halter about Alaska Young in John Green’s novel Looking For Alaska which I just finished reading. It was an interesting experience because I read his novel’s in backwards order. What I mean is that I started with his most recent novel and worked my way back to his first novel. I did this for two reasons. One: I didn’t get into the Vlogbrothers and John Green’s books until I was in my late teens by which point he had already published several novels and Two: there was something organic that appealed to me in reading an others work in backwards chronological order. I got to see one of my favourite others progress in reverse. What I found most interesting is that while Looking For Alaska is a good novel and one which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, I’m not sure if I would have continued to read his books as enthusiastically as I do now if I had Looking For Alaska first. Which reminded me of the central point of another of his books Paper Towns, that it’s about the journey, not the destination. I love and continue to read his books because the first An Abundance Of Katherines and The Fault In Our Stars were just so good I had to read his other work. So in the end I realized that it doesn’t matter that I don’t love Looking For Alaska as much as his other books. Reading his books in backwards order was the journey I had to take to love his work and that’s what matters.

As for the quote itself, I really love the analogy of people and their personalities to rain and to weather. To me there is something so truthful and captivating about how people are as strange, weird, wonderful, unpredictable, and predictable as the weather. How we look at others and devalue ourselves. “They are so spontaneous, exciting, and full of life,” we say to ourselves. “Why can’t we be more like that?” we think, “We will never be like that,” we think. What we do not realize, as the novel goes on to show, is that it’s a good thing that we are not like that. We all have to be our own person and trying to be someone else is folly. Also, people are the way that they are for reasons we may not know or understand. The character of Alaska is a good example of this.

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The Act Of Reading

“The act of reading is always an act of Empathy.”
– John Green

This is one of John Green’s best quotes. He has said this in numerous videos as he is an avid reader and author himself and because he and Hank have recently started several new channels aimed at teaching others about history, science, and English Literature. His point is that reading is an act of empathy because you must imagine what it is like to be someone else, somewhere else, some other time ago. I’ve never heard anyone else sum up the magical reading so perfectly.

John’s Video on English Literature where he most recently said this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSYw502dJNY&feature=em-uploademail
Crash Course Website where you can subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

Words of Wisdom…

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
-Stephen Chbosky

Truer words have never been spoken. I’m currently reading Stephen Chbosky’s novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. So expect a lot of quotes and posts relating to it. I’m a little over half way through the novel. I have found it to be heartbreaking, touching, real, and darkly funny. This quote in particular reminds me of a favourite cousin of mine who dates all the wrong guys. She is a great person with a lot to offer, but she has self esteem issues and has battled Depression and Bipolar Disorder for most of her life. Sometimes I think she dates guys she knows she shouldn’t just because she’s lonely. All she wants is for someone to love her.