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Book: Paper Towns

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51hgkNew+XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns, a John Green novel, recently turned into a film (2015), is a story about a boy who likes a girl. However, this girl is Margo Roth Spiegelman and is somewhat of a mystery to everyone she knows. After an all-night adventure, Margo disappears leaving behind clues for Quentin to follow. The book takes place in the last few weeks of Quentin’s school life adding further stress to the exams, prom and graduation.

Having never read a John Green novel, I was first introduced to Paper Towns at the cinema when I watched the film for a friend’s birthday. I enjoyed the film and decided to pick up the book. I first found the book to be quite slow (probably due to knowing what was going to happen thanks to watching the film first – oops). But once I got half way through (its only about 300 odd pages) I was enraptured and couldn’t put the book down.

The story, which follows a very basic structure unwinds in a very linear fashion (find a clue, follow clue, eventually find girl), frames questions about life, people and friendship. While it seems that the book is about Margo, which in a way it is, the story sees the development of unique and unusual friendships between different types of people as they come to the end of their high school careers. Many of which are brought together by the events surrounding and the disappearance of Margo.

I really enjoyed this book and urge you to give it a read if you haven’t yet. If you struggle through the first half, like I did, try your best to power through because I really did enjoy the ending. It was definitely worth the time and effort.

Here’s the trailer for the film (I also really enjoyed the film but it did follow a slightly different ending):

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Towns-John-Green/dp/014241493X

TV Show: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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Buffy“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”

As you may know, if you’ve been following my blog for long enough, that I am a massive fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not only is it part of my childhood and something that I’ve grown up with, the show is something that I genuinely enjoy so much and has been my favourite TV show for the past five years.

In the last fortnight, Buffy celebrated its 18th anniversary since it started airing and although, it hasn’t aired a new episode since 2003, it is still one of the most popular shows out there. It is never too late to start watching Buffy since part of its likable quality is that it is relevant to all people, but this is especially true for teenagers. This is because the monsters, the vampires and all the troubles the characters endure are useful metaphors for the audience’s ordinary lives.

Additionally, Buffy uses a mixture of several genres (comedy, action, horror and fantasy), flawlessly to create not only an emotional rollercoaster but also amazing moments of humour when it is least expected.

The actors, no matter what they’ve done since, or what you may think of their acting now, buffy-season1were perfect while they starred in Buffy. They fit the characters so well, and I can safely say this after watching the original pilot episode in which Willow was played by a different actress. She just did not suit the role as well as Alyson Hannigan. In addition to Alyson, some other amazing actors in Buffy include: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Head, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg, Seth Green and David Boreanaz.

So that you can gain a better understanding, if Buffy is completely new to you, here is the IMDB summary: ‘’In every generation there is a chosen one… she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.’ Buffy Summers knows this tale by heart, and no matter how hard she tries to be just a ‘normal girl’, she cannot escape from her destiny… Thankfully, she is not alone in her quest to save the world, as she has the help of her friends, the hilarious (and surprisingly quite effective) evil-fighting team called ‘The Scooby Gang’. Together, Buffy & co. will slay their demons, survive one apocalypse after another, attend high school and college… and above all, understand that growing up can truly be Hell sometimes… literally’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own any images in this post, they are from: https://evangerfireside.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/buffy-from-worst-to-best-an-approach-to-rating-each-season/ and http://www.playbuzz.com/chloem15/which-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-character-are-you