“You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.”—John Waters (via writingquotes)
ya kno john green books can be really poetic and meaningful and stuff but if you frame them in the context of real life it’s like wow if i knew a teenager this pretentious in person i would not hesitate to smack em upside the head
I was that teenager tho…
I was, too. While I would argue there are teens who do speak like Green’s characters, or at least conceive of an inner narrative that wordy and pretentious, I would also argue that I would have benefited from a smack upside the head between age 11 and 17.