10:15 am EDT, April 24, 2014

Shailene Woodley describes John Green’s connection to teenagers in Time 100 piece

TIME’s list of 2014’s 100 most influential people was published Thursday morning, and author John Green made the cut. Shailene Woodley wrote about her friend for the magazine.

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“Sure, John Green may write best-selling young-adult novels, manage a YouTube channel (vlogbrothers) and organize an annual conference for video bloggers (VidCon), but he’s more than just an author, an artist and an innovator,” Woodley writes.

“I would go so far as to call him a prophet. No, not a prophet in a biblical sense. Don’t freak out. More a prophet in a universal, all-things-connected sort of context. Some say that through his books, John gives a voice to teenagers. I humbly disagree. I think John hears the voices of teenagers.”

The Fault in Our Stars actress continues, “He acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories. But he doesn’t just listen to young adults. He treats every human he meets as their own planet, rather than simply one of his moons. He sees people with curiosity, compassion, grace and excitement. And he’s encouraging a huge community of followers to do the same. What a gift to be alive at the same time as this admirable leader.”

Woodley can next be seen in the book to film adaptation of Green’s TFiOS this June.

TIME’s list includes numerous celebrities of interest to our readers including Benedict Cumberbatch (whose piece was penned by Colin Firth), Kerry Washington, Seth Meyers (by Amy Pohler), and the Frozen song-writing team.

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