I’ve become an unabashed fan of all things John and Hank Green.
I’ve subscribed to vlogbrothers, I watched The Lizzie Bennett Diaries in one week (not exactly proud of this, but it is seriously one of the best Jane Austen adaptations I’ve seen in quite some time — seek it out immediately!), and I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars (and I’ve got plans to read the rest of John’s novels once I get the other books I’m reading out of the way (I’ve got at least four different ones going right now, ranging from The Picture Of Dorian Gray to Lauren Bacall’s memoir to a non-fiction take on Ada Lovelace)). (I think I have a reading problem). (I don’t think I’ve used enough parentheses). I digress.
My obsession with this interesting set of brothers began with reading The Fault In Our Stars (or TFioS), an absolutely devastatingly beautiful story of two teenagers with cancer (which will soon be a motion picture). So I had heard of John Green as a novelist, but I had no idea what kind of badassery awaited me on YouTube.
John and his equally amazing brother Hank make videos together under the name vlogbrothers. And Hank sings songs. And John and Hank like to teach others about history. And science (and eventually, psychology).
They’re involved in numerous charity organizations (such as this one), they’re constantly traveling the world (or at the very least, the U.S.)—I could on and on about these two, but I’ll stop myself here before I get carried away.
In short, these are two guys who never seem to forget to be awesome, and they are a perfect example of a phrase I have always adored: “Be interested and interesting.” They take this phrase one step further by not only being both of those things, but also by surrounding themselves with interested and interesting people, whether they’re fellow YouTubers or just enthusiastic fans.
But what does this have to do with being a nerdfighter, and why would I consider myself to be one?
Welp, I consider myself to be a nerd, and here’s why:
And no, nerdfighter does not mean a nerd who fights (I’ll leave that to Tony Stark, Peter Parker, and Bruce Banner). It’s—well—actually, I’ll just let John and Hank take this one:
Anyone can be a nerdfighter. There is no shame, no “Poindexter-social-awkwardness” applied to it. It’s something we should aspire to, really.
So, DFTBA (or better yet, DFTBIAI — Don’t Forget To Be Interested And Interesting).