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Teens are blaming everything in the universe on ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

John Green is destroying America.


Miles Klee


Posted on Jun 6, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 4:30 am CDT

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

And this is the reason why girls have high expectations. #tfios

— 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.

— Ben Weiner (@turnupfunction) March 28, 2014

If we’re not careful, this dude is going to turn us all into weepy, undateable moral paragons.

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2014, 3:59 pm CDT