Paper Towns: Book + Movie Comparison Review


Title: Paper Towns 
Director: Jake Schreier
Screenplay by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Release Date: July 24, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★★★★ (9/10)



A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.


My Review: 

*This review slightly spoils some aspects of the novel*

One of the biggest challenges of adapting a novel to film is that most of the time, you lose that intrinsic connection to the characters. A novel, especially one written in first person, is incredibly intimate, and when you're getting in a character's head, it's easy to see and understand where most of the characters are coming from.

My biggest grip with this film was the fact that you don't really get why Q or anyone else cares that much for Margo, except on a surface level. What makes Margo so special, besides the fact that she's beautiful and confident? 

Margo takes Q on a late night adventure and disappears, and watching the film, it's hard to fully understand why Q is so obsessed with Margo, because they are just childhood acquaintances. 

A lot of the subtle beats, such as the general fear throughout the novel, that Margo may have killed herself, and the fact that Q is the only person truly concerned about her well-being were not in the film. 

I also wish that in the film, everyone got to confront Margo, which happens in the novel, and shows her being selfish, not just Q, which is what happens in the film. 

The film is a great adaptation overall, and since it involves a wider cast of characters, it isn't as smooth of an adaption like The Fault In Our Stars, which mostly concentrates on two people. 

So far, John Green's adaptation have been handled well and still keeps the bulk of the stories he writes, even if certain themes and scenes get lost in the shuffle, which naturally will happen.

Check out my book review of Paper Towns here

Have you watched Paper Towns? What did you think of it? Did you like the book or them movie better? 

-Amanda Leon 

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