I absolutely adore reading - my love for books has had a huge impact on my life! I'm going to grad school to be a children's/YA librarian.
It's not courageous at all. Women in leading roles are a sure thing, we have been for a while. But thanks for perpetrating the sexist myth that films with female leads are a risky venture that require courage in order to complement yourself, and the producers of your film, at the expense of all these other female driven films.
This is like telling a woman "you're so courageous for leaving the house dressed like that." It's not a compliment.
We don't need a "nice guy" to write a story about us, and then pretend like he is championing our cause while completely ignoring and even tries to erase that we've already been doing this for ourselves long before you ever came along.
Unlike TFIOS, Twilight (1st film) did NOT have known actors (like Laura Dern, Sam Trammel and Willem Dafoe). While Shailene Woodley already has an Golden Globe nomination and the successful Divergent franchise under her belt, by comparison Kristen Stewart was a virtual unknown when she took the starring role in the first Twilight film.
PS When Stephenie Meyer published Twilight she didn't have over 2 million YoutTube subscribers to drive the success of her novel and film adaptation.
Kara's Two Cents - I agree with this 100%. Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of Twilight. I've gone into the reasons why before and I won't do it now. But even so, there's no denying that it's one of the most successful YA franchises out there and the fact that that happened with so many "newbies" to the business is phenomenal. John Green needs to think before he makes statements like the one above.