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VIDEO: John Green Discusses Romeo and Juliet

If you haven't seen Crash Course, you are missing out. John Green--you know, the guy who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Looking For Alaska--dishes out some great talks about the greatest literature in human history. I've been teaching Shakespeare in school, so his talk on Romeo and Juliet really hit the spot:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4kz-C7GryY&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: John Green Discusses 25 Things You Might Not Know About Harry Potter

In this awesome video from Mental Floss, John Green will fill you in on 25 things you might not know about Harry Potter. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeA5yPI4MRs&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: Adults Purchasing YA Lit

This news story investigates a fascinating trend: a lot of YA books are actually being purchased and read by adults. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQE-wMiO2Gw&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: A Brief History of Young Adult Literature

EpicReads has posted this excellent video examining the roots of Young Adult (YA) literature and the influential titles that have popped up over the years. The Outsiders by SE Hinton gets a special mention that it rightfully deserves: that book is just as meaningful to teens today as it was when it first came out.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkdnKQmHsWA&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: John Green on How to Write a Novel

John Green does an awesome video series in which he plays video games and talks about life at the same time. In this episode, he discusses the many methods of writing a novel.

I absolutely love this quote:

"A huge part of my writing process is telling myself that it's okay to suck...that it's okay to make mistakes..."

I know that more than a few of you have made a stab at writing a novel, and if you have, you know what it's like to spend an hour or two at the keyboard, followed by the realization that you're going to have to delete everything you wrote.

He drops a lot more wisdom (and discusses how The Fault in Our Stars changed over time).

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exosAJbr-sA&w=560&h=315]

Lemony Snickett on Writing a Novel

Some of you out there are currently wading through National Novel Writing Month. One of my absolute favorite parts of this month is that the NaNoWriMo crew gets authors to write pep talks. A few years ago, they had some guy named John Green. They've had pieces from Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, and Veronica Roth.

The best one I've ever read, however, came from Lemony Snicket. It's full of biting snark and surprisingly touching wisdom about what books can mean to us.

Even if you're not in the midst of attempting to write 50,000 words this month, I think you'll find it inspirational.

Check it out by clicking here.