Every time Hollywood or whoever decides to make one of my favourite books into a movie, I get a little bit anxious.
Not because I’m worried that I’ll like the movie better (always a pleasure if I do), but because I’m worried that either
a) They won’t stay true to the book or
b) The casting will be all wrong.
I went to see Paper Towns with a little bit of apprehension. I even avoided watching the trailer because I was so certain that Cara Delevingne was so wrong for the role of Margo Roth Spiegelman that I didn’t want to make it worse by watching the trailer ahead of time.
Before I continue, Paper Towns was not my favourite John Green book. Don’t get me wrong though, I love the messages which come out of it, with “Imagine Me Complexly” being the key one.
It’s a classic, coming-of-age tale where three high school boys about to graduate decide to go on a grand adventure, following the clues from Quentin’s (one of said three boys) neighbour about her whereabouts after she ran away.
But Cara, despite not being ‘curvy’ – a phrase mentioned to describe Margo multiple times in the book – was perfect for the role. Except for her eyebrows, please don’t even get me started. She was sassy and confident, but just shy and thoughtful enough to make you wonder what was going on in her head.
This movie pretty much followed the book which I was extremely grateful for, however if you’re looking for identical you might be a little upset. I wasn’t, because I thought that the parts they changed made it better, but I’m not going to say any more, because *spoilers*.
It was great to see young-adult fiction being loved by all ages in the cinema I was in, and this movie made me laugh out loud in some parts but also almost cry in others. If you’re looking for something to do, don’t rule out seeing Paper Towns because I was very, very impressed.
Bring on Looking for Alaska!