"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." --C.S. Lewis
Release Date: July 24, 2015
Paper Towns - John Green | Goodreads
Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...
So, this is the first time I've done a movie review, but it's probably not a movie review in the traditional sense, anyway.
If you're wondering whether they've adapted the book you know and love accurately, here are a couple of differences:
(I read Paper Towns last April. I sort of remember the book but forgive me if I've gotten some of the details fudged).
One girl, when I was exiting the theater, said that they changed more about the Paper Towns movie than they did for The Fault in Our Stars adaptation. I would agree with that assessment, and I personally enjoyed TFioS more than I did Paper Towns (mostly because I like the TFioS actors better). But above all, I'd say that if you're a fan of the book, you'll probably be a fan of the movie. They do justice to the book's themes, add in its combination of humor and life journey/questing, and especially remember to voice-over the famous quote: “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person."
John Green also has an introductory clip explaining that every member of the cast was really dedicated to the making of the adaptation, which reminded me that he's essentially a celebrity now. He seems the main reason his books are being made into movies - he'll probably be over six million twitter followers at the year's end. (Though I think Paper Towns and TFioS are also easy to adapt - the road trip, the night activities, and so on.) If you're his fan, or a fan of his books, you'll probably like the movie.