An imperial affliction peter van houten real
An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van HoutenI love it when books in books become real, or just things in books in general - it creates a world from the book which I really enjoy.
As for the story itself I dont have that much to say since its just a couple of pages long. But I think I would have liked the book if it existed and I like the fact that the writing differs from The Fault in our Stars; since Hazel relates so much to Anna and since John Green wrote both of the stories they could have easily been basically the same thing, but they were not and for that Im glad.
There is a near carbon-copy of An Imperial Affliction out there
It is first spoken about in the beginning of the book when Hazel explains that all she did those days was reread her favorite book. An Imperial Affliction means a lot to Hazel, she desperately wants to know what happens to Anna's mother, her soon-to-be stepfather, a mysterious man known as the Dutch Tulip Man, and Sisyphus, her hamster. She sees the book as a reference to her own life; she doesn't want to die without the security of knowing that her parents will be okay. Fans have asked if John Green will write An Imperial Affliction, but he will most likely not be, because of his annoyance of the question being asked and uncapability of writing something that is viewed by the characters as perfect. Anna has a rare type of blood cancer, but is in remission at the start of the book. Midway through the book, Anna's cancer relapses. The book ends right in the middle of a sentence, when Anna becomes either too sick to write anymore or dies.
Important Quotations Explained
This epigraph, however, is an excerpt from a fictional book that only exists within the world of The Fault In Our Stars. The effect, once the reader realizes An Imperial Affliction is a made-up work, is to call into question what defines something as authentic. It puts a made-up quote on the same playing field as a real one, and in doing so it suggests a made-up quote can have just as much authority and credibility. The book matters to her in a very real sense. By using a quote from the book as the epigraph, The Fault In Our Stars slyly hints at the importance fiction can have in our lives.
In a blog post from two years ago Green responded to a reader who'd nailed down the origin of An Imperial Affliction 's title — the Emily Dickinson poem "There's a certain Slant of light" — to wax kind of poetic on "reality" in relation to the epitaph:. One of Green's professed favorite books, T he Great Gatsby , also includes a fabricated epitaph. That one read:. Both serve the purported purpose of an epigraph — to establish a book's themes at the get-go — and both are credited to fictional authors. Green, it could be argued, took his to the next level: Peter Van Houten is a crucial character in The Fault In Our Stars , and "his" words don't just kick off the book then disappear — both his thematic and his physical presence is felt throughout the entire story. He plays a huge role in one of the book's themes, and one that often gets overshadowed by its larger dealings with death and romantic love: The love one has with a story — or with the author who created that story. In that way Van Houten serves both as a proxy and a foil for Green's persona.