Today is the last day of our annual sale. Every order ships for $3 worldwide no matter how much you buy or where you live.
I’ve seen this design hundreds of times at signings and I’m so happy we now have it available through DFTBA Records, with royalties going to the original designer, 16-year-old Canadian nerdfighter Natasha, who is pretty psyched about this development.
Q:John, I looked through the comments of entertainments poll, and several people agreed that the nerdfighters were "little monsters of literature" how can I help defend nerdfighteria without being violent??
1. The vast majority of people who read and like TFIOS are not nerdfighters. In fact, most of them have never heard the word nerdfighter.
2. The Little Monster fan community is about Lady Gaga. The nerdfighter community is not about my books. Many nerdfighters have never read my books; many other nerdfighters have read them but don’t like them. The nerdfighter community isn’t even really about our videoblogs. It’s mostly about celebrating intellectualism and making cool stuff on the Internet and decreasing worldsuck.
3. I think Lady Gaga’s fan community is cool.
4. When stuff becomes popular, it also becomes popular to crap on that stuff. I’ve actually been very lucky in this regard: On the whole, people are still really generous toward TFIOS, although certainly there is much more vitriol directed toward the book (and toward me) than there was a year ago. So this will probably flare up again around the time of the movie, and then we can go back to being a nice Internet community that works together to make stuff and is mostly ignored by the outside world.
5. In the meantime, this stuff will happen, and I think it’s best to ignore it and focus on why you like being a nerdfighter instead of trying to convince every person on the Internet that nerdfighters are awesome. Like, maybe now is a good time to make a kiva loan or be nice to someone on the forum or something.
Nerdfighters from Argentina building with TECHO, one of the Project for Awesome winning charities. Or as we call it, Nerdfightecho.
Agus, Camo, Ju, Loli, Luciano, Noe, Santiago and Vicky.
So Hankgames is becoming a big sponsor of a real, live professional soccer team, AFC Wimbledon.
AFC Wimbledon really is tumblr’s team: They’re owned by their fans, not some rich guy. They’re leading the fight to end homophobia in sports. Their mascot is a womble.
This is a team that deserves to be in the football league, and hopefully our support will help keep them there. As part of our sponsorship package, we’ll have signage around the ground and on the pitch. We can advertise whatever we want: hankgames, crash course, the project for awesome, poetry, whatever. If you’d like to design a sign, just use the tag afc wimbledon. (We think the signs are 16 feet long and 3 feet high.)
A few videos to watch to cement your AFC Wimbledon fandom!
For the last couple hours, a YouTube user named untappedinkwell has been going through the comments of my most recent video and encouraging people who are experiencing difficulty in their lives.
S/he has now posted hundreds of comment and is still going strong. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen happen in vlogbrothers comments, and that’s saying something.
This is the most personal vlogbrothers video I’ve made in several years.
This is Frank, the Transportation Captain for the TFiOS movie.
Frank is a member of the Teamsters Union and read The Fault in Our Stars after he found out it would be shooting in Pittsburgh. He says he loved the book (although I was talking to him, so he wasn’t going to be rude). It made him cry like a baby.
Frank also loves Troye Sivan’s song, The Fault in Our Stars, which he discovered on YouTube. (He also watches vlogbrothers.)
Frank is hilarious. Hopefully he will appear in a vlog soon. You can follow him on twitter @franktranspo.
Lots of people have emailed/tweeted/tumblr asked me today about birthday presents, which is very nice of you and thank you so much.
The nerdfighter group at kiva.org is nearing THREE MILLION DOLLARS in loans, and you can join them today. Your first loan is free, in fact. (Well, it is paid for by an anonymous rich person.) And the person who invited you gets to make a free loan. No strings attached. It’s pretty awesome.
Thanks again for the birthday wishes.
Why does the United States spend so much on health care? The answer turns out to be pretty complicated.
STUCK IN LOVE is Josh Boone’s first movie. (He will be the director of The Fault in Our Stars.) It’s a wonderful, funny, romantic film about books and writers, and when I saw a preview copy, I immediately knew that Josh had to be the director of TFiOS.
As you’ll see when you watch the movie, Josh and I have really similar taste and outlooks, and we’ve become friends in the process of talking about the movie. If you like my books, I really think you’ll love this movie.
The movie opens TODAY in Kansas City, Orlando, and New York. You should really see it, and then let me know what you thought via twitter or tumblr ask.
Have you completed the Nerdfighteria Census yet? Answer these 30 or so questions to let us know how we can best move forward as a community and how the stuff nerdfighters make can be useful to you. Thanks so much!