Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of this guy named John Green and chances are that you’ve read an article or seventy-two talking about how one of his books — the phenomenal New York Times bestseller titled The Fault In Our Stars – is hitting theaters this Friday (or Thursday, if you’re lucky).
It’s been an impressive barrage of media attention. Every day, sometimes multiple times a day, a new outlet has a new piece and new interview with Green. But nearly none of the pieces have offered a new or interesting angle to the story, and fairly so. Each outlet caters to a different audience, thus it makes sense there’s overlap.
It’s interesting, though, to see what the overlaps are in these pieces. In many ways, they’re downright sad in how they present the YA community, the YA readership, and how they represent girls and girl interests especially. It’s fascinating to think about the media attention Green’s book has received, both in quantity and in quality, and compare it to other YA authors who’ve gotten the big screen treatment. Did we see this for Veronica Roth’s Divergent earlier this year? Will we see this for Gayle Forman’s forthcoming If I Stay?
The budget for The Fault In Our Stars film may be small but the reach of the media attention has been significant.
In light of the poor media, I thought it would be fun to have a BINGO card at the ready for navigating what is sure to be a few more weeks of media spotlight on The Fault In Our Stars. Or, worse case, perhaps this is a means of helping those journalists stuck on how to approach the subject.
If you’re ready, pull out an article or two and see how long it takes you to collect a BINGO (or you could be really slick and rename the card from BINGO to GREEN, since that works, too). You can click on the image to make it as big as you want to.