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Have you ever read a book narrated by a female character and you can tell the author has no idea what it's like to be a woman? I'm only in the first chapter of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and good lord, John, seriously?

I don't really pay attention to the author of every book I read. If it's recommended to me, I search for it on my library's website, place a hold, and read it when it's available. If I like it, I'll seek out more of the author's work, but until then, I don't care about the author's name or gender. Unless I get to a part where a woman is talking like a dude.

Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy... well.


Just from this I'm 99% sure John Green is a Nice Guy. I've never thought this way and none of my friends have ever expressed that they think this way. If someone is staring at you relentlessly, it is creepy no matter how hot they are. Street harassers can be hot; that doesn't magically make what they're doing not harassment. I don't think this is a thought that actually exists outside the minds of Nice Guys who think women only like super hot guys and it's just not fair why won't they have sex with me I did so many nice things and women are like vending machines, aren't they, I paid my Nice Guy dues, dispense sex already!

No. Just no.

Has anyone else read this book? It has great reviews but damn, if the narrator is a Nice Guy in female cancer patient disguise I'm going to hate it even if the writing is otherwise good.

ETA: I've been told John Green is well-known and not a Nice Guy at all. That's great! I'm glad to know I'm disliking a fictional character rather than a real person. This quote just struck me as a classic male misunderstanding of women, like how in Before I Go To Sleep, SJ Watson (male) has his female narrator talk about how her breasts feel against her chest all the time.


ETA 2: Line. Mouth.

"Pretty great," I agreed, although it wasn't, really. It was kind of a boy movie. I don't know why boys expect us to like boy movies. We don't expect them to like girl movies.

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