John Green’s ‘Turtle’s All The Way Down’ explores the life of a young girl who must endure the adversity that comes with obsessive compulsive disorder. Throughout the interview, Green tells that he couldn’t write about another topic because he lives with OCD himself. He explains that his main character, like himself, has an obsessive fear of micro bacteria and how he relates to her in that aspect.He discusses obsessive thought cycles and how they can shut out the rest of the world and how that can create an effect similar to horse blinders. He also brings up the topic of death and how his friend Esther’s death inspired him to write ‘The Fault In Our Stars’.
- John Green’s latest book features a main character named Aza who has OCD.
- Green thinks teenagers think about death differently from parents and finds it very appealing.
- Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” was influenced by his 16 year old friend Esther Earl, who died of cancer.
“As someone who lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, novelist John Green sometimes feels like his mind is spiraling uncontrollably.”