This week on Novel Ideas we are talking about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, a YA bestseller about romance, living life to its fullest, and cancer. Oh boy, cancer. This episode is a tad more subdued than usual as we wrestle with the tragedy of the story and our love for this book. There are surprisingly few inappropriate jokes. But more than zero, have no fear. We cover some of the big issues, like metaphor, and oblivion, and metaphors for oblivion. But mostly we gush about how omgamazing this book is.
The music is a possibly recognizable tune that was excerpted from “Consider the Uncommon Man” by David Holsinger. If you make it to the end, you’ll notice it’s been reharmonized in a way that’s a little unsettling. The piece was written as a memorial and seemed appropriate for this episode.
Update: A couple quick notes. To give credit where credit is due, the header art this week was drawn by Simini Blocker, rather than pulled from a commercial book cover. Here’s the full image:
Also, I referenced The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, which is not a thing, and Death Masks, which is a thing, but has nothing to do with necromancers. I’m actually reading Dead Beat, still by Jim Butcher, still part of the Dresden Files. And if you’re here, you’ve probably already figured it out, but the website is actually novelideaspodcast.com, not just novelideas.com. Phew.
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