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Never underestimate the Internet.
John Green, the author of best-seller The Fault in Our Stars, unknowingly spawned a Twitter meme after fans saw his unique pose in a photo accompanying a feature in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
#Johning, as the pose has become known, refers to lying flat on one’s back, with one’s legs on an object such as a bed or a couch. In the feature, a smiling Green is seen with his back against the floor, typing on a laptop set on his stomach with his feet up on a bed.
After the story appeared Thursday on THR.com, hundreds of fans flooded Twitter and Instagram with images of themselves #Johning in various locations. Green’s brother and frequent collaborator Hank even got in on the action, showing support for the fan-generated cause by retweeting a photo.
— elmify (@elmify) May 1, 2014
— Charlie McDonnell (@coollike) May 1, 2014
— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) May 2, 2014
— Mrs. Massey (@English_Diva) May 2, 2014
— Cori Faklaris (@heycori) May 2, 2014
In THR’s feature, Green — who has an envious 2.32 million Twitter followers — admitted to being overwhelmed by Hollywood success. “Interviewers kept asking me how I was handling all the attention about a book becoming a movie and whether our community would change, and I wanted to answer every question with, ‘I’m freaking out,’ ” he said.
The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, hits theaters June 6.