Book to Screen: Why PAPER TOWNS Isn’t as Effective as a Movie

     July 27, 2015


This is my third installment of “Book to Screen” and the same issue has popped up (to varying degrees) in all three of them; it’s especially difficult for someone, something or a chain of events to have the same weight in 90 to 120 minutes of screen time as it does in, let’s say, a 336-page book. Jake Schreier’s adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns is a fine film filled with strong performances, charming characters and worthy coming-of-age lessons, but there’s no denying that Quentin’s (Nat Wolff) quest to track down Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) feels far more challenging, suspenseful and meaningful in the book.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for both Paper Towns the book and Paper Towns the movie.

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