In addition to penning scripts for MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” Vizzini was also a popular young adult author, having published his standout book, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” in 2006. The novel — with was partly autobiographical — was about a teen who attempts suicide and ends up in a mental hospital. It was turned into a movie starring Zach Galifianakis in 2010.
Vizzini was a voice for the younger set before publishing a full novel, however, writing essays for the likes of the New York Times Magazine as a teen.
Over the course of his career, Vizzini penned several books — “Be More Chill,” “Teen Angst? Naah,” “The Other Normals” — and was co-writing a series with director Chris Columbus, the first book of which, “House of Secrets,” came out this year. Vizzini also contributed to TV shows like “The Last Resort” and “Believe.”
MTV issued a statement in wake of the news, writing “We are deeply saddened by this terrible news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Fellow writers and friends have been taking to Twitter to honor the life and memory of the author. YA writer Libba Bray said, “So sad to hear the heartbreaking news about Ned Vizzini. He was a funny, honest writer who gave a lot to the NYC community. He’ll be missed,” while fans like Kelsey McKinney expressed her gratitude for his work: “Ned Vizzini was the voice I needed as a young teenager. His characters were as confused as I was. His death is a huge loss.”
Most remembrances were personal and thankful, expressing gratitude for the effect Vizzini’s work had on fans’ lives. “Sad to hear about the passing of one of my favorite authors today,” tweeted Jacob Paul. “He was a great author and inspired me to get help.”
Ned Vizzini was the voice I needed as a young teenager. His characters were as confused as I was. His death is a huge loss.
— kelsey mckinney (@mckinneykelsey) December 20, 2013
@JenMarks1216 yeah. He committed suicide yesterday….
— Jacob Paul (@Jacob_Paul21) December 20, 2013