Wednesday 25 June 2008

John Green's Fictive Versions of Himself on Amazon

John Green (An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska) is a broadcaster as well as a YA author. Which really helps. You can see how much it helps on his Amazon video. **Yes, authors, this is a good time to reflect on what you'd put on your Amazon video**

I particularly like the way he addresses the readers as Amazonians.

Naturally, Amazon doesn't provide embed information that allows me to put the video on my blog (why should they encourage you to leave the site when the longer you stay, the more likely you are to buy?). So you will have to click on this screen grab to view it. It's really good - so you lazy people who can't be bothered, go on, CLICK.


  1. Excellent! Much giggling. Also funny when my four year old climbed on my knee to watch and after a few minutes with confused expression said 'mummy what is that man TRYING to talk about?' I will now check out his books to see if they are as witty.

    A few months ago I found your blog and loved it. You were my intro to the blogging world and the reason I started a blog a couple of months ago. Thanks! Your blog is excellent and your posts inspirational. Now I've got the hang of it, I'll stop by more often to say hi!

    Kat :-)

  2. hey, thanks Kat! funny thing is, my daughter (age 9) is now really into writer videos and watched the one by John Green several times!

  3. Clever way to avoid the (annoying) lack of embedding. And Candy, if your daughter likes videos by writers, I have 156 more where that one came from at

    Thanks for sharing the video, Candy!

    Best wishes,

  4. What a breath of fresh air! I have watched a number of author vids on Amazon, and so far every single one has reinforced my belief that if I were to do it, I would inevitably wind up looking a total prat. It's REALLY HARD to do well; most writers are not at home in front of the camera. This guy is the exception. And his video proves you need not talk about your book; his random musings – much of which I can relate to! – are just as likely to make me want to buy his books!

  5. OMG john green, you left a comment on my blog! (i interrupt my own gushing to say that's almost like being visited by brad pitt) - yup, loved your video and in fact, my daughter (not old enough to read your books btw) does already watch vlogbrothers!

    fiona - i'm sure you can do a good job. in fact i've got an idea for a video for you. we must meet.

  6. OMG John Green left a comment on your blog and said Best Wishes.

    Candy you are so jammy!

    And my 13 and 11 -year-olds are fully paid up vlogbrothers subscribers (as am I).


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