There are few movies that have been adapted from movies that make me excited. I mean, honestly, how often does Hollywood get it right when adapting a great novel, teen adventure book, or literary classic into a big-budget film. There are exceptions like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. A more recent example is the premiering The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Definitely on my movie docket for this weekend).
Lately, it seems that Hollywood has gone down the route to really connect with audiences, both young and old. Mostly young with the adaptions of teen novels. Many teen novels are starting to tackle real issues that could possibly be in the forefront of their minds as they prepare to go into this big, crazy world. One of the best young adult authors of this generation is John Green. Having read all of his novels from Looking for Alaska to An Abundance of Katherines and the best-selling The Fault in Our Stars, his style pulls no punches and reveals the realness of life to teens while also appealing to adults in their mid-twenties and on.
This summer, another one of John Green’s novels will come to theaters in Paper Towns.
Paper Towns tells the tale of Quentin “Q” Jacobson (Nat Wolff) and his neighbor and crush, Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne). After drifting apart from childhood, they reconnect during one night when she recruits him into a all-night road trip of revenge. The morning after, she doesn’t come home and is declared missing. Finding clues that are seemingly left behind for him, Q decides to go and find her. But as he goes deeper into the mystery of Margo Roth Spiegelman, he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.
After the success of The Fault in Our Stars, this adaptation is sure to be a decent success in the box office. This film might help establish John Green’s ability to make his audience experience “the feels”. This won’t be as much of a tear-jerker but it’s sure to pull at the heartstrings of the audience on some level.
Paper Towns is set to be released on July 24, 2015.