I took the train yesterday and some girl to my right read a newspaper. I looked over to her and thought something like “wow that politician looks a lot like John Green”. Then I looked again and it actually was a huge picture of John Green above an ad for the german version of The Fault In Our Stars. This totally made my day.
Das Schicksal Ist Ein Mieser Verrater is an astonishing success in Germany (it has made the Spiegel bestseller list three times, even though that list includes all hardcover books, including books for adults). Also, German critics have been obscenely generous to the book, comparing me to Jonathan Franzen and Philip Roth. (Really.)
There is only one possible explanation for all this: My translator, Sophie Zeitz, is a much better writer than I am. So thank you, Sophie!