{Book to Screen} Paper Towns!

John Green: vlogbrother, nerdfighter, NYT best selling author, producer, reader, husband, father, all around lovable guy. When I discovered vlogbrothers on youtube several years back, I loved it. I loved what John and his brother Hank had to say about everything from giraffes, pizza, conspiracy theories, classic books, Harry Potter, and so much more. I couldn't get enough of it, and I loved the terms they created. I was a nerdfighter. I always thought 'DFTBA.'  And I was on a mission to decrease world suck. John and Hank really opened a whole other world for me. I started listening to Hanks music, reading John's books, and they referred me to so many other nerdfighters. I remember meeting them at Leakycon 2011 and being absolutely ecstatic and filled with euphoria! They are truly two really nice guys filled with so much intellect and creativity inside of them, and I'm glad to know them.

Now, here I am, supporting John and Hank with everything I do and still keeping up with them. Funny how that works, huh?

John has always been successful, but his success really blew up after The Fault in Our Stars. The novel instantly become a New York Times bestseller. In fact, I remember pre-ordering one of the first signed copies. Suddenly, just a few years later, The Fault in Our Stars became a box office hit starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. It made us all laugh a little, cry a lot, and fangirl a bit too much. 

Now, Paper Towns is going to be a movie. I read it back in 2009, and loved it, however, now that it's becoming a movie...of course I have to reread it! Those are the simple rules of life! 

The IMDb description of Paper Towns is, "A young man and his four friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door." 

Short and sweet, but Paper Towns is about so much more than just that. It's symbolic, youthful, and full of hope. It's filled with those classic, noteworthy John Green quotes. My favorites?

1. “Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.” 

2. “Here's what's not beautiful about it: from here, you can't see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” 

Paper Towns is all about your place in life vs where you want to be in life. It's about spontaneous adventure and living life like it's a mystery. It's about falling in love even when you think you may have a chance. It's a story of youth, like Margo and Ben, who spend one night together that changes everything. 

The film, directed by Jake Schreier, is set to be released on June 5, 2015. A summer film, how more exciting can this get? It's starring Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, and Halston Sage. I'm really excited to see Cara as Margo, her fearless and independent character is perfect for the role. This is going to be one of those must-see summer films, mark my words!