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Young-adult author rivalries are serious business. This weekend, a car race between John Green and Raven Boys author Maggie Stiefvater saw Green’s car go up in flames.
The charity race took place in Princeton, Minnesota, and while car enthusiast Stiefvater thoroughly defeated Green, the latter writer gained some points for getting back into his car after it caught fire on the track.
Stiefvater was so fast that, after she finished crushing John Green’s racing dreams, she was asked to race the track’s team of professional drivers as well. She crushed them too.
“Yeah we want you to race the others,” they said.
“Wait, why?” I asked.
“‘Cause you’re fast.”
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) October 10, 2015
The whole thing was documented on YouTube, including the moment when Green’s car caught fire. Next time a bestselling author tries to reassure people that their life is boring and unglamorous, we will totally refuse to believe a word of it.
Screengrab via Maggie Stiefvater/Twitter
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor