The Fault in Our Stars (Amazon) by John Green was finally released today, and will arrive in the library soon. Whether this means anything to you is probably directly connected to whether you are familiar with the acronym "DFTBA" or the term "Nerdfighter."
John Green has written several bestselling books for young adults: Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines and (with co-author David Levithan) Will Grayson, Will Grayson. All of his books have been well received but the pre-publication buzz for The Fault in Our Stars has been fueled primarily by an on-line community that John and his brother Hank (scientist and musician) created when they began communicating via a public video blog.
The day that The Fault in Our Stars was made available for pre-order the book rose to number one on Amazon. John's promise to sign every single pre-ordered book became a gargantuan task, chronicled with increasing absurdity in the continuing video blog between the brothers.
The community of nerdfighters that John and Hank started has gone on to send planes full of supplies to Haiti, create a yearly IRL conference for you tube stars and fans, and to create the Project for Awesome where YouTube is taken over by videos promoting charities. More than $70,00 was raised by the project this year and will divided among those organizations that get the most votes.
John and Hank Green remind us that the internet isn't all videos of cats and cyberbullying, it's also a place that can create real friendships and foster improvements in the world. Or, as a nerdfighter would put it, "decrease world suck."
Here are John and Hank explaining How to be a Nerdfighter:
DFTBA: Don't Forget to be Awesome
Nerdfighters: People who instead of being made up of cells and organs and stuff are actually made out of awesome.