It is currently 2:27AM and I have just finished reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I really liked it and it didn't go the way I thought it would, which is nice. My only regret is that I sat and read it at home, rather than in public, where its iridescent cover would have flushed out hiding Nerdfighters and recruited them to the charitable cause of It's Time to Date Rohan Now.
(In my head I am reading the book at a bus stop and a bristlingly intelligent and drop-dead gorgeous commuter turns and asks me "Is that Will Grayson, Will Grayson?" even though she knows perfectly well that's what it is. I say "Why yes! Are you a Nerdfighter?" She will say "Oh my goodness yes! I want to read that book SO BADLY! How did you get it?" With panache I will say, "I ordered it online. I'm nearly finished though, you can borrow it if you want. What's your phone number?" Because, in my head, I am a smooth operator like that.)
Haha! Sorry. I always feel that way after reading a John Green book. And I felt that way after reading Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist as well, which is the only exposure to David Levithan's work I've had. I didn't love this one quite as much as John's others, but that says more about my stratospheric opinion of those novels than a supposed lack of quality of this one. I loved it, is what I'm trying to say. I'll probably be unpacking it for months.
The question I'd like to ask John (and David) on their book tour that I'll never get a chance to? The Will Graysons felt they shared something even though they couldn't be more different as people. In this Googlised world where something almost doesn't exist unless it has a unique search term, how important are our names in defining our identity?
I'm sure this is actually one of the central themes to the book. Is it cheating to ask the author these questions? Anyway, if anyone is still to see John and David on their tour (which I don't believe has finished?) could you maybe ask it for me? And maybe if you can, film the response? I know it's long, and a big ask, but you know, whatever. Maybe I'll get a chance to ask it at VidCon. Who knows?
You see, I'm not like John Green and David Levithan, who both have name-doppelgängers (I know this from watching their live feed). I am the one and only person in the whole world (or at least, the whole internet) who has my first and last names. In fact, I'm not putting my full name in this post (even though it's not a secret - check my Twitter feed if you want to know) because I don't want it to be the first thing that pops up when you Google my name. I've always felt sort of betrayed if I even meet another 'Rohan', or even another 'Rowan' with different surnames, because that's my name damn it! Give it back!
But that isn't the experience most people have with their names. Names are usually shared. How do you breathe your own brand of life into your name when it's been used so many times before? Are names even really important?
Maybe that's the real question I want to ask; the core of the question I have up there in italics. Like, the italics is the question I'd use to sound smart, and "Are names even really important" is the question I'm really trying to ask. Anyway, this is all getting a bit too meta for my liking, let's move on.
Something else I loved about the book was that Jane was nothing like Alaska or Margo. Jane wasn't manic-pixie, but was equally as loveable without being self-destructive. After all, the book wasn't about her. Jane actually reminded me of my friend Christina in a lot of ways. Christina should totally play Jane in the stage production of this book (because this should definitely be a stage production rather than a movie. I'm sure Tiny would be mortified if it happened any other way.)
In other news, these tweets went out yesterday...
...but I didn't hear anything from them today. Neither did anyone else on Twitter. I'm not, like, dying of suspense or anything like that (like I did with Hungry Beast) but I am looking forward to having a little certainty in my life. Or not, should I get the interview after all. But then I've got something to work towards, and having a chance to get this job is by far the most preferable scenario. I mean, I'm qualified for this and I'm confident this is what I want to do. Looking back, I did make a few mistakes on my application though, so this could go either way.
Oh man it is totally 3:30AM now. Why do I go to bed at such ludicrous times?