like everyone else, I’ve seen the memes and typography going around facebook that provide hope to those that are going through some really tough shit in their lives, like we all do. they boast the fact that the universe is testing us, because without darkness, we would not know light, and I genuinely want to know what people actually think about it. these elements of hope are very popular in the interwebs, especially for authors, and I play around with the very same themes in my latest book, so you would think that the general belief is that yes, it is absolutely true, we would not know what pure happiness feels like if we hadn’t before experienced the crushing pain that is its enemy.
but what about TFIOS?
the fault in our stars, the worldwide phenomenon of a novel that was recently adapted to film, is themed very heavily around the encouragements hung on the walls of Augustus Waters’ parents’ home, and the novel is so well loved and agreed with from these characters’ perspective, that I am inclined to think that there are at least some people out there that think the whole thing is total bullshit.
my belief is that the universe does in fact require balance, and that not every day can be bliss, because we tend to learn so much about ourselves during those moments of pain, test ourselves to see how and if we can survive, and experience growth. I don’t know about y’all but I’ve never learned half the shit I’ve learned during the happy times than I have during the fucked up parts of my life.
but John Green does a stellar (no pun intended) job at, through literature, questioning everything that is our world, calling out the ideals that are only ideals because they have been that way since the beginning of time, and calling major bullshit. through my sometimes heavy contemplation surrounding the subject, I haven’t really been able to come up with a decision as to whether or not we must know darkness to know light, whether the whole thing is bullshit because someone made up the idea, or whether it is bullshit because it’s just not fair, because no, it’s not fair that a **spoiler alert** 18 year old kid who is full of life died from cancer. do people have to die from cancer in order for people to thrive with life? I mean obviously people have to die because we’re not vampires and there’s just not enough room on earth, but…
do you see what I mean? a simple matter of darkness and light and the ideal that it is bullshit has had the power to inevitably lead to the meaning of life in my head, which has gone on to prove that the shitcock contention that YA literature is not literature is a blatant lie, but that of course is entirely another thing.
the point is that I don’t know, and I more often than not wonder if anyone does.
“The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either.” -Ricky Gervais
Allie Burke is the no-makeup-wearing, simultaneous-YA-and-Vonnegut-loving, Nike-obsessed bestselling author and acclaimed Selfie Queen of the Universe. She’s written in various forms for an indeterminable amount of time, climbing up the Amazon charts and ultimate geekery from small time book-reviewer to literary editor, until the authory culture pushed her off the bridge of artistic literature.
She now writes shit she’ll probably never publish, never shuts up about John Green, only reads books she wasn’t asked to review, and drinks coffee at all the wrong times.
She is the creator of Organic Coffee, Haphazardly.