There’s soooooo much hype about the Paper Towns moviewhich hits screens today! Is it actually worth watching on your Friday night girls’ night instead of Trainwreck or any of the other amazing movies in cinemas right now? Well, we think so. It hits you right in the heart, but in a down to earth, realistic kind of way – which is exactly what we need right now. 

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Paper Towns is actually the second book to be made into a movie by award-winning young-adult author, John Green. It’s hard to forget the tear-wrenchingly beautiful The fault in our stars and now we’re on the edge of our seats for Papertowns!

Unlike The fault in our stars, you might not need tissues ready for Paper Towns. It’s much more likely to make you laugh and motivate you to plan a road-trip with your friends, pronto!

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The problem with other book-to-movie films

So far the 2015 book to movie trend has produced a pretty cool collection. Insurgent was great and that very cute movie/book The Duff. We’re still waiting for Mockingjay part 2, the last installation in the Hunger Games series, and The Scorch Trails, following The Maze Runner).

The problem with many of these titles is that they fall in the unrealistic category. With the exception of one, the movies on this list take place in dark fictional worlds or revolve around gloomy, quite unrealistic characters. It’s true that we look for the fictional and adventurous in books and movies, that is what makes them entertaining, but sometimes it’s also good to get excited about the present, which is exactly what Paper Towns offers.

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

The story revolves around two childhood friends who get reunited through adventure and solving the mystery of where Margo Roth Spiegelman has disappeared to. There’s no evil corporations, no technological war, no vampires or werewolves or zombies.

John Green’s vlogging brother, Hank Green, accurately describes the essence of the movie as “a movie full of normal people, having normal, but wonderful moments….how life is full of these great moments, but aren’t necessarily exceptional in any way”.

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For many of us, we need to hear this message to give us back our faith in humanity  – and in ourselves. We need to know that even though we’re still in something as seemingly boring as school, our lives can be just as exciting as the fictional lives of those fighting evil overlords and saving the world.

So if you want to get some motivation and look for the amazing in the everyday, watching, or reading Paper Towns is a pretty good way to start.

If you want to hear more about the movie and the book, watch John Green’s video about the book’s adaptation below: