Paper 1 – creative texts -MBA

Your Home Learning over the weekend was to write like John Green. Now you have to answer the question from Chessie’s extract: ‘John Green has been commended on his ability to present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind. To what extent do you agree?’ By Wednesday 28/01 please.

MUST comment on writer’s methods supported with quotation

SHOULD evaluate effectiveness of writer’s techniques

COULD build points by evaluating a range of methods

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13 thoughts on “Paper 1 – creative texts -MBA

  1. katiee12358

    I believe that John Green is highly commended by teenagers. His recent books ‘The fault in our stars’ and ‘paper towns’ are very popular towards our age range, mainly because his style of writing provokes emotions.

    I think that John Green is liked by teenagers because of the emotions created up in our minds when reading his works, not about relatability. Therefore, I agree with the above statement- to an extent.

    One of the other reasons as to why he is popular is that he likes giving us empathy. Green quotes in ‘looking for Alaska’ regarding teenagers as a group “When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”

    This whole element of empathy from previous experiences is something that then becomes popular with our age range, he gives us motivation, he tells us that everything will be OK.

    To conclude, I think that John Green is a popular writer because he uses empathy to play around with teenagers’ emotions towards things. I think that John Green is one of the prime reasons that mental illnesses are so popular nowadays.

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  2. chessielongland

    I agree with my question because, in the sheet that we got given this morning as a starter, it said that John Green finds it easier to write about things that he has experienced (e.g- heartbreak, love) than some supernatural vampire novel. This relates to my point because, he has been through the experience of being a teenager once; this style makes his writing relatable and fun to read as a teenager; we have mostly experienced these things.

    Another reason why John Green is popular among teenagers is because he has a YouTube channel with his brother, Hank that is 2.4 million subscribers strong. He announced the release of The Fault in Our Stars on this channel which gained a lot of publicity. I think that this gained publicity due to teenagers of our generation being hooked on social media (such as YouTube.)

    This kind of relates to my first point in the sense that it relates to teenagers; in most of Green’s books, the protagonists are teenagers; Hazel-Grace in The Fault in Our Stars, Colin Singleton in An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson (and Will Grayson) in Will Grayson, Will Grayson e.t.c. This can inspire teenagers like us to stay strong in our life situations (The Fault in Our Stars- fighting cancer) or just to become better people (Will Grayson, Will Grayson- becoming friends with someone of a different sexuality and not discriminating them).

    To conclude, I agree with the statement ‘John Green has been commended on his ability to present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind’ because- as a reader-, I find his stories amusing and relatable at the same time and, yes, I think that John Green is doing an exceptional job at portraying the teenage mind.

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  3. Julius

    To be honest I´ve never heard of John Green, until our last English lesson and so I think my opinion is based on the very first impress, and not very well grounded.
    I´m sure, that he expresses teenage feelings very well,
    like here ” Tried to say something a normal person whose brain was not drowning in panic would say.” This is exactly how you feel when your parents ask you an awkward question.
    But in the same paragraph there is also a sentence which doesn´t convince me and I´m in doubt about his skills to show feelings of a teenager.
    ” Like Caroline Mathers had been a bomb and when she blew up everybody around her was left with embedded shrapnel.”
    This is what parents think teenagers feel, and I can´t imagine a person between 13 and 19 who feels like this. Many parents will say: no, this is how teenagers feel, but this is only a metapher to translate the feelings of a girl, and I guess her real thoughts are much more complicated than this sentence.
    As a conclusion I would say that John Green is a really good translator for feelings, but to literally write down thoughts, he is in the wrong age.

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  4. Lucy Branton :D

    I agree with Chessie’s question, to a certain degree, that John Green has an incredible talent to be able to empathise with the teenage mind. He uses this to manipulate the reader’s feelings, and, as the readers are primarily teenagers, he is able to use empathy to his advantage, to provoke understanding and response in the reader.
    For instance:
    “I’m like. Like a grenade, Mom. I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”
    And:
    “I’m not depressed. I don’t need to get out more. And I can’t be a regular teenager, because, because, I’m a grenade.”
    These quotes demonstrate emotion from the protagonist, causing the reader to commiserate, as most teenagers understand what it feels like when the world has turned against you, and nobody understands how your feeling- or at least that’s how Hazel feels, at this point.
    However, Hazel isn’t like most average teenage girls that dominate a small portion of the population, as she has lung cancer. This puts the readers in an extremely awkward position, as not every single teenager has lung cancer like Hazel does. This is an awkward situation, as the people who don’t understand how Hazel feels, feel left out. Nevertheless, John Green allows how a teenage cancer patient may feel in this situation through cleverly structured dialogue.
    To conclude, I think, all in all, I agree almost fully with Chessie’s question, as John Green uses empathy to a full extent, causing the reader to commiserate with the protagonist.

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  5. keeley

    I personally agree that John Green is able to present the feelings and thoughts of a teenager as he bases his stories on things that he has mainly experienced himself and he also does a lot of research into a lot of things for example cancer in TFIOS.

    John Green provokes a lot of emotions which attracts a lot of teenagers to his style of writing which is very individual and is always based on the life of teenagers.

    I think that John Green could vary his style of writing to attract different people who enjoy different genres of books for example; Romance, Comedy and SCI-FI.

    I have never read one of John Greens books but just from recommendations i could imagine how his style of writing could effect different people and how his story lines could ink in each of his books.

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  6. Jenna

    I agree with this statement. So far, I have read 3 of John Green’s books and am about to read his 4th after I finish my current book. I always enjoy reading his books because you can relate to them and it provokes emotion in every book you read of his because he uses a certain sort of language that teenagers understand yet at the same time it is a higher level.

    He understands what it’s like to be a teenager – we’re melodramatic, and are always over reacting and making something big out of nothing; “So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” – Looking For Alaska. This quote shows that the girl had a huge impact (thus her being a hurricane) and him only having a small impact (thus the drizzle). His words can be interpreted in many different ways; she could be popular, he could be unpopular. In a way, this makes every reader’s experience different (that’s good because teenagers like to feel that they are different but at the same time they want to be the same as everyone else).

    He puts things as a teenager would put it “The 137th most nicest city in America.” – The Fault In Our Stars, and uses teenagery language like “Ugh.”

    John Green gives the characters in the books similar traits to those of the average teenager. In all of his books all of the characters fit in some way. So in that sense, it informs teenagers that they don’t need to be someone else in order to fit in, you can just be yourself. Which could be another reason why teenagers read John Green’s books – for an idea of how to deal with situations such as ‘Your first love’ which then gives them an idea of how to put things.

    He writes books with such perfect characters and storylines that makes the reader want to read on and escape from the everyday struggles of the average teenager (homework; school; small dramatic situations that seem so big at the time) so they could share it with their friends and then they experience the book which they could then pass on etc.

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  7. Tia D

    I agree with this statement, I believe that John green is able to write in a teenagers perspective as he has been a teenager before. What he also does is he researches what he doesn’t know and for the cancer, he went to children’s hospitals to meet some of the cancer patients.

    John green makes his story’s relateable to teenagers by writing about everyday struggles what they go through. He does this so we can know exactly what the people in the book are feeling and, we can feel what they feel.

    John green uses a lot of teenagery language. By doing this we once again can relate to the characters as we also are teenagers.

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  8. julie

    ‘John Green has been commended on his ability to present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind. To what extent do you agree?

    I agree with Chessie, that John green can presents the thoughts of the teen age mind he does this through dialogue and using thoughts of the character. For example, “I’m a grenade,” I said again”. “I just want to stay away from people and read books and think”. By using exaggerated teenage language this shows John Greens ability to present the thoughts of the teenage mind.

    Another language technique john green uses is first person. For example “I’m a grenade,” I said again”. “.By using “I” and “I’m” this first person perspective exaggerates, the teenage feelings so you know how they feel. Also by using first person the reader can empathise for the character.
    Another language technique is denial. E.g. “I am not depressed”. This exaggerates the teenage mind that it is indecisive, the reader also gets to under stand the characters feelings. To conclude John Green has an amazing ability to present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind.

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  9. julie

    ‘John Green has been commended on his ability to present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind. To what extent do you agree?

    I agree with Chessie, that John green can presents the thoughts of the teen age mind he does this through dialogue and using thoughts of the character. For example, “I’m a grenade,” I said again”. “I just want to stay away from people and read books and think”. By using exaggerated teenage language this shows John Greens ability to present the thoughts of the teenage mind.

    Another language technique john green uses is first person. For example “I’m a grenade,” I said again”. “.By using “I” and “I’m” this first person perspective exaggerate the teenage feelings so you know how they feel. Also by using first person the reader can empathise for the character.
    Another language technique is denial. E.g. “I am not depressed”. This exaggerates the teenage mind that it is indecisive, the reader also gets to understand the characters feelings. To conclude John Green has an amazing ability to present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind.

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  10. Saul :)

    Don’t know if it worked so i posted it again…

    John Green uses a number of different techniques to present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind. For example in the text he makes the main character as close to a real teenager as possible to make the story more relevant, in the extract words like “Uh-huh” and actions a teenager would do such as hiding in the room and being annoyed with parents. As most teenagers act like or similar to this, it makes the main character more realistic to them. This in turn makes the story more relevant and will have a bigger effect on the reader. Another way John Green present the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind is by writing it in first person. As the whole text is written in first person this makes the reader feel like they’re in the characters shoes this also makes the reader more likely to feel sympathetic for the character when something happens as the whole story the character was them in a way. Being in first person also means the writer can also share the characters thoughts and feelings with the reader which I feel is vital for presenting the thoughts and feelings of the teenage mind.

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  11. Jonah

    John Green uses a range of techniques to present a relatable image of a teenage mind. He uses situations that would be relatable like loving somebody or having trouble with friends that are recurring themes in the book “The fault in our stars”.

    Also the main character speaks and acts like a teenager using language like “Uh-huh” to make the dialogue seem realistic. He does this by making dialogue quick and snappy with no interruptions like “He said” which makes everything faster.

    After the dialogue has finished the author sometimes uses an internal dialogue so we can tell what she is thinking. For example she might put “Even though I hated him, I still said yes.” This can tell us more about what is going though her head. It can give an excuse for the author to make harsh comments which makes the teenage feel work more smoothly.

    In conclusion I agree with the statement as he makes his novels relatable and his narrator always speaks in a way teenagers would speak.

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