Book first or movie first? Which is your preference? I'm a book-first kind of woman, but even if I hadn't yet read John Green's Paper Towns, I'd be impatiently counting the minutes until the movie is released. Just 10 more days . . . July 24. Not that I'm excited or anything.
The movie is directed by Jake Schreier and stars Nat Wolff (Admission, The Fault of Our Stars), Cara Delevingne, and Halston Sage. I was particularly happy to see that author John Green was one of the screenwriters, so I can rest assured that the movie will follow the essence of the novel.
In case you don't know the story, here's the summary from 20th Century Fox:
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears, leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship--and true love.What this summary doesn't tell you is that Paper Towns explores a number of larger issues beyond love and friendship. One of these is learning to take off your rose-colored glasses and see life and people and situations for what they really are. I can understand why Paper Towns was a book club favorite because the story includes several themes related to being on the brink of adulthood and the hopes, dreams, and fears that older teens become obsessed with.
For more on the story and the making of the movie, watch this short film starring author John Green and some of the actors.
The Giveaway: I hope I've gotten your attention because thanks to 20th Century Fox, I'm able to offer one of my readers (with a U.S. mailing address) a fabulous prize pack to celebrate the opening of the movie Paper Towns. Here's what one lucky winner will receive:
- $25 Visa card so you can watch the film in the theater
- 3 Paper Towns buttons
- 1 copy of the paperback book
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