Even as the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars roars into theaters for what’s sure to be a lucrative couple of months, the teen cancer romance novel has come in for some harsh treatment—and not just at the hands of condescending, YA-bashing literary critics.
In fact, Green and his book can be blamed for just about anything, according to Twitter.
TFIOS is the reason girls are emotionally unstable
— Roth (@SupImNoah) June 6, 2014
Movies like TFIOS is the reason for theatre shootings.
— Mr. Underwood (@yaboyzac_uoeno) June 6, 2014
TFIOS is gonna be the reason why girls are going to be single
— obiwankenobi (@KobiWoodruff14) June 2, 2014
people who are overly obsessed with tfios is the reason i wanna deactivate
— judas’s daddy (@Hamxd_) June 6, 2014
TFIOS is the reason for the teardrops on my guitar…
— Kelsey Hutchinson (@kelsey_lynnne) June 6, 2014
the fact that tfios isn’t coming to rupert or any town near me is the reason illegally downloading movies is a thing
— syd (@SydneyStenset) June 5, 2014
#TFIOS is the reason why I have high standards for a relationship
— ⭐️ (@stxles_24) May 31, 2014
— Kelly Dibb (@KelzDibb) April 16, 2014
@realjohngreen, u and TFIOS is the reason I am behind in cake work today.I regret nothing. ‘cept this chocolate Pony not having legs yet.
— Ant Roman (@NerdacheCakes) January 10, 2013
Augustus Waters is the reason why i don’t have a boyfriend… #tfios
— Shelbi Shultz (@shelbi106) June 6, 2014
I bet John Green is the reason busted broke up too
— Amy (@PhillyBiy) May 1, 2013
John green is the reason the adolescent suicide rate among girls has increased
— Sammy Sidorakis (@Sammy_Sid2) June 6, 2014
John green’s book is the reason I questioned my existence
— Sharon (@Sheoarmy) May 26, 2014
John Green is the reason I have trust issues.
— ☆Becca☆ (@becca_navin) June 6, 2014
But for all the damage and chaos Green has sown, his tearjerker does occasionally have a positive effect on people’s lives—even if he’s using their sense of guilt as leverage.
Don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that John Green is the reason I am always honest with my mother. pic.twitter.com/cvMDz4nQGY
— Ben Weiner (@turnupfunction) March 28, 2014
If we’re not careful, this dude is going to turn us all into weepy, undateable moral paragons.