Paper Towns – Book or Movie?

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen/read Paper Towns yet and don’t want to see spoilers then don’t read ahead! However, if you are one of those people that love spoilers, keep reading!

Okay, first of all I want to acknowledge yet another wonderful John Green book being made into a movie. I mean, who didn’t love ‘The Fault in Our Stars’? I love John Green as an author and I can’t wait for the movie adaption of ‘Looking for Alaska’.

Speaking of movie adaptions, ‘Paper Towns’ is one of my new favourite movies (along side The Hunger Games trilogy) since I went and saw it at the cinema. I was really excited to see it because I knew it would make an even better movie than a book. Don’t get me wrong, the book was great, but the movie was just so much better.

For me the book seemed to drag on a bit as Quentin is looking for Margo and following the clues she’s left. I think the movie just flowed better and allowed the story line to progress just that little bit easier than the book did.

There are a couple of differences between the book and the movie and one of the major ones is that they cut out the Sea World scene. I was sad about this but I think it was a reasonable cut as it would have made the movie too long. Another major change was the more active role that Radar’s girlfriend Angela plays. Unlike the book, she too joins the gang on the roadtrip to Margo’s hideout. I actually really loved this change. It made Radar seem more important in the movie and like his character had a worthy storyline also.

I also absolutely loved the castings. Cara Delevingne is absolutely perfect for Margo, in my opinion. She represents everything I imagined Margo to be and more. It was also great to see Justice Smith (Radar) and Austin Abrams (Ben) be cast as their characters because they actually looked like the age they were supposed to be playing. For once, in movie history, they didn’t hire a 25 year old to play an 18 year old. I was happy that they cast Nat Wolff as Quentin as well because I loved his performance in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ as the humorous Isaac.

Side note: who else loved the fact that they got Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’) to be the checkout guy at the gas station? I’m not going to lie, there were squeels in the cinema. (Mostly coming from me).

Finally, something that relates to the movie and the book is the ending. I LOVED that it was not your stereotypical teenagers falling in love. It was about Margo finding herself and becoming who she wanted to be. It wasn’t about love or anything like that. It was purely about growing up and finding who she was in the only way she knew how.

Overall I really loved the book but I loved the movie even more. It was the best movie I’ve seen so far this year (Insurgent wasn’t far behind) and it will probably be my favourite from the year (besides Mockingjay Part 2 of course).

If you’re one of those people who read ahead purely for spoilers then go chdvk out the book and the movie and see what you think!

Thanks for reading today, I hope you enjoyed it! đŸ™‚ x


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