Paper Towns Movie Review

Originally I planned to do one of my typical Book vs. Movie posts for Paper Towns, but it’s been so long that I’ve read the book that I couldn’t remember the details even if I wanted to. Instead you’re getting a simple movie review (with Spoiler-free and a Spoiler section)!

So, I got to watch the UK Preview Screening which did not just include the movie, but also footage from the Q&A that was done with John Green, Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigngne in June. They talked about their similarities with the characters, what the audience should take away from the movie and whether they ever did something as crazy as the road trip in the movie. It wasn’t very long, but it was the perfect way to start the movie.

Now, I don’t know how many of you read the book or watched the movie or just generally know the story, but this is like a little plot summary:

Ever since Margo Roth Spiegelman moved in next to Quentin, who everyone just calls Q, he’s been in love with her. But their lives developed differently and while Q made safe choices and led a fairly sheltered life, Margo threw herself into every possible adventure, becoming a myth herself in the progress.
We are in their Senior Year at High School and Q’s optimism for ever being part of Margo’s life again is low, until one night, when she enters through his bedroom window and makes him her revenge-plot-accomplice. The next day, Q has the feeling that everything has changed, but has to find out that Margo is gone. Now he has to decide whether he’ll continue his uneventful life or if he’ll go searching for her, following the little clues she’s left behind.

First, I want to say that Paper Towns is one of my favourite books of John Green. I know that a lot of people prefer Looking for Alaska, but in my opinion the books are very similar and I read Paper Towns first, so I have a feeling that that impacted my opinion. However, when I heard that the same people who adapted The Fault in Our Stars would do this movie, I was massively excited, because they did a great job with TFIOS. I wasn’t entirely sure about the casting, but ended up really liking everyone they picked! Cara is like a real-life Margo to me, Nat is perfect as Q and I never thought I cared that much about how the others looked but they were also a perfect fit! Especially Justice Smith and Austin Abrams had mad chemistry with their female counterparts as well as a strong bromance with Nat Wolff!

Another thing I absolutely loved was the Soundtrack! Again, the music (just like in TFIOS) was brilliant and I cannot stop listening to it. Whoever chooses the artists and songs, I applaud you!

Now, on to the not so great part. While I did really enjoy myself during the entire movie, it did not have the exact same vibe and emotional impact as the book. I get that they had to make changes and, as I mentioned above, I cannot remember it in that much detail anyway, so I don’t care about that. I liked the ending even though it’s supposedly different from the book, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I was really bothered by how quickly Q and the others figures out Margo’s clues. I do understand that the film might’ve been way too long if they showed the real struggle, but it seemed so easy. They found a clue and within a couple of minutes they knew what to do. From what I could remember those clues were so vague sometimes, Q racked his brain for days sometimes.

This is only a minor issue though and other than that I laughed a lot (who wouldn’t when Black Santas are involved) and generally enjoyed watching the friendship of everyone on screen evolve and grow. The road trip could’ve gone on forever if it were up to me!

SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOVIE

I don’t really want to talk so much about the plot in the Spoiler-section as I want to talk about some cameos!
So, it was announced that John Green would have a cameo in the movie, but I didn’t see him. The thing is, you wouldn’t either. He doesn’t actually physically appear in the movie, he just voices the father of Becca’s father. That was not the cameo that nearly stopped my heart though. I read on Twitter that Ansel Elgort stopped by on set and now it all makes sense, but I did not even think about him being in the movie. I seriously started grinning from one ear to the other, I was so happy to see him.

SPOILER OFF 

All in all, I laughed, I almost cried and I really enjoyed the movie even though it has some flaws. People need to stop comparing it to TFIOS because of course those movies aren’t going to have the same emotional impact. One of them is about teenagers with a terminal illness, whereas the other movie is about not putting people on pedestals, taking risks and finding out who you are. What are your thoughts?

NaNoWriMo Playlist

So, I just posted about how my experience with NaNoWriMo was thus far (you can read about it in my recap of Week 1, Week 2 and the participation announcement), but I completely neglected to mention how important music is for me during the writing process. Sometimes the songs are directly connected to scenes in Break Up Buddy and others just get me pumped in general, or best case scenario inspired. Below you’ll find a list of the songs I most listened to so far, which I’ll simply title my NaNoWriMo Playlist (no need to be creative all the time). Just click on them and you’ll be redirected to a YouTube video. Happy writing to all of you!

Run Boy Run – Woodkid
Like Real People Do – Hozier
War Rages On – Alex Clare
Wasting My Young Years – London Grammar
Moving On – Paramore
Shot at the Night – The Killers
It’s Okay – Tom Rosenthal
Hunger of the Pine – alt-J
Hold Me – Tom Odell
Maps – Maroon 5
Tell Her – Rizzle Kicks
You & I – Crystal Fighters
Forever Ever – Bastille feat. Kate Tempest and Jay Brown
Of the Night – Bastille
I Found – Amber Run
Rules – Nat & Alex Wolff

What are some songs that inspire you or that you listen to during writing?

John Green’s books and movies

I will admit that I am obsessed with John Green‘s books! Currently, I am reading An Abundance of Katherines and before that, I pretty much devoured Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars. There is just something in these books that speaks to me and I can relate so darn well to the characters.

I know that a lot of people think that TFIOS (short for The Fault in Our Stars) is overrated, but I don’t care. It’s my absolute favourite book of all times! That doesn’t mean that I’m going to hate on people who don’t like it, but I just don’t understand how you couldn’t fall in love with it. It is funny and heartbreakingly beautiful. I can still quote tons of stuff from the book, because I just love it so much.

I have the same process getting into a John Green book every time. Basically, I don’t want to know what it’s about. The less I know, the better, because then I’ll allow the story to surprise me even more. I knew that TFIOS had something to do with cancer, but I didn’t expect it to be the way it eventually was. Looking for Alaska shocked me even more and … I’ve just deciced that I won’t tell you anything about the books in case you haven’t read them.

Buuuut I will talk about the upcoming movies. Most people don’t like book adaptations for the big screen and I totally get why. Yet, when it comes to The Fault in Our Stars, I have never been more excited for a movie than I am now. From what I could see in the trailes and teasers and music videos (Yes! I watched pretty much everything I could get my hands on!) it just looks perfect! The really tried to stick to the book (and I hope I won’t regret writing this after I’ve actually seen the whole movie), but I think they did a great job with it. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are in my opinion the perfect Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters! I don’t even care anymore that they were sibling in Divergent, because they look adorable together. If you haven’t seen the trailer (which I think is highly doubtful) you can check it our here!

I started crying just watching the trailer, I don’t even want to think about how many tissues I am going to need in the movie theatre! I can’t wait!

But there is more to come! I’ve just found out that Nat Wolff (who plays Isaac in TFIOS) will be playing Quentin, or just Q, in the upcoming adaptation of Paper Towns. I really liked the book as well and I think Nat would be a great Q, but oh my stars, he gets to play in two John Green stories. How amazing and yet very strange is that!? I can’t quite imagine a fitting Margo for him. Who would you cast if you had the chance? Let me know in the comments below!

Yet, Nat Wolff isn’t the only one from the TFIOS team who will be working on the Paper Towns movie. John Green confirmed that the script writers, the producers and the studio are also the same as for the TFIOS movie. I think that’s a good sign! Do you agree?

 

A Story about Love and Writing

Stuck in Love, or as it was formerly called Writers (and before that A Place for Me), is a 2012 romantic comedy about a family of writers and their tribunals concerning love. The movie was written and directed by Josh Boon.

I quite like how there are three different stories all woven together. For one you have William Borgens, who is an acclaimed writer waiting for his re-married ex-wife to return to him. Then there is Samantha Borgens, daugther of William, newly published author and quite cynical when it comes to love and last but not least Rusty Borgens, Sam’s brother, a High School student and huge Stephen King fan who falls in love for the first time.

There is so much I liked about the movie that I don’t even know where to start. The soundtrack was absolutely amazing (e.g. Between the Bars by Elliot Smith or At Your Door by Nate Walcott, Mike Mogis and Big Harp), but I also liked the general theme of writing. Everybody had a different style and approach to it and whichever way they chose to express their thoughts was the right one. Also, I most certainly adore Lily Collins! But she wasn’t the only great actor; you can also enjoy the performance of: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Nat Wolff, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell and Liana Liberato. Towards the end there is even a cameo of Stephen King … well, rather his voice than himself, but that’s cool too.

If you enjoy romantic comedys or family drama this should definitely be the right movie for you. If you’ve already seen it: What did you think of it? Do you maybe even have a favourite quote?

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