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Review: Paper Towns (Novel + Movie)

“All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.”- Paper Towns, John Green.

Hi guys, so I had the pleasure of watching Paper Towns yesterday, another of John Green’s well loved novels. So today I thought I’d do a double review! You’ll get the novel review, plus my film review!

So I read Paper Towns three years ago, (woah I didn’t think it was that long ago!) and I was surprised with how much I remembered when I went to see the movie. This is my favourite John Green novel, the story was so captivating and I wanted to be just like Margo in her crazy adventures, and as I mention in my film review of the novel, they did a great job of making it into a movie. I just wonder how people who haven’t read the novel prior to seeing the movie think of it, since they don’t have anything to compare it to, unlike me. But here is what I thought of both the novel, and the film.

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by: John Green: Margo Roth Spiegelman. One girl; an entire mission. After having the craziest night of his life Quentin “Q” Jacobson is on a mission. The next day Margo is missing, ran away again. She has left clues to where she may be hiding, but everything Q tries just doesn’t seem to sound like something Margo would do. The book is not only about finding the girl, it’s about finding out who she is. Finding out why you like a certain person. We all have ideas about who people are from afar and what we think of them, this book brings that out and shows that what we think is not always right. A very interesting read about finding out about people and finding out that people are a lot different up close then they are afar. The plot was definitely worth reading, but this novel was more than the plot, it was about the characters. This novel had amazing character developments, especially for Q because he grew from the beginning to end, and that is what made the novel worth reading. Overall, it’s a great read for anyone, the reader can definitely lose themselves in this novel.

Paper Towns
Paper Towns

Paper Towns: The film based off the novel by the same name, is about Margo, an adventurous kid, who’s always getting into trouble, and leaving clues. One day Margo decides to have one last mission before she disappears into thin air. Her next-door neighbour Quentin makes it his mission to find her and potentially bring her home. The film did an amazing job of portraying all the important parts of the novel and bringing it to life. The film felt like it didn’t miss a single thing, from plot points, to crazy characterizations, like Radar’s parents insane black Santa collection. Everything was there for the readers of the novel to have a visual representation of one of John Green’s beloved novels. The actors who were casted for this movie were also really great choices. Nat Wolf played Quentin, the lone high schooler very well, while Cara Delevingne played Margo, giving her character spunk and attitude, and they both really looked the part too. This film could stand-alone without reading the novel, but the film has more of a connection if you’ve read the story before hand. As much as the characters were great, and everything was added, the film still felt dry. It’s hard to put a finger on why it was that way, with a plot that was enticing, and loveable to read, it just wasn’t the same watching it. Overall, if you’ve read the novel, please see them film because the creators did a wonderful job with it, making characters come to life!


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