Hank and John Green at Carnegie Hall. GIFs courtesy of supcake.
You'd think we were seeing the Beatles, from the fanatical screaming coming from the ground floor of Carnegie Hall. On stage weren't rock stars per se, but two bookish brothers from the Midwest: John Green, the critically adored young adult novelist, and Hank Green, best known for singing songs about Harry Potter on YouTube. (Perhaps they complement each other like John and Paul, too—John being better with words, Hank with the ear for melody.)
I've attended a number of literary events since I moved to New York in September--all enjoyable evenings, with free white wine and polite conversation. But the Greens' sold-out event, hyperbolically called “An Evening of Awesome,” was the first book thing that truly felt like a celebration.
And the Green brothers have a lot to celebrate: the first anniversary of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (in the top 3 of our Best of the Year list, among many other year-end lists); the success of their online community, driven by the Greens' hyper-popular VlogBrothers YouTube channel; but most importantly, it was an appreciation of their fans, affectionately dubbed the Nerdfighters, who in turn returned that affection by screaming and hooting and clapping with the sort of youthful enthusiasm that was as endearing as it was loud.