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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
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What I’m: June

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skjdfsWhat I’m reading – I am currently reading Paper Towns by John Green. I thoroughly enjoyed the film so I thought I would pick up the novel. The story is about a girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman and her neighbour Quentin Jacobsen. The blurb reads as follows: ‘Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t. She’s left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow’.

What I’m watching – With the university year finished, an abundance of time and very little to do, I 3rd-rock-from-the-sun.jpghave taken to watching a lot of TV. Currently I am watching Friends, 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Big Bang Theory. All three I would recommend, especially if what you’re after is a light watch which you don’t have to put a lot of energy or concentration into.

sakdjWhat I’m listening toPlastic by Nina Karolidou, Like I Would by Zayn, My Demons by Starset, Bulletproof by Young Guns, Give Up by Once Upon a Dead Man and MFT80s by Chris Bourne. sakj.jpgFurther proof of my very eclectic music taste…

What I’m eating – STIR FRY. I think I’m obsessed with Stir Fry… is that weird? At least it’s healthy and easy to make. I make stir fry with cabbage, pepper, onion, broccoli and carrots with either rice noodles, cous cous or rice. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t add meat.

What I’m quoting – ‘In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.’ -Nikos Kazantzakis

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://time.com/3969840/paper-towns-movie-and-book/, https://ansionnachfionn.com/teilifis-television/3rd-rock-from-the-sun/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Kx_zRZ8zo and http://www.belladivalifestyle.com/chicken-veggie-stir-fry/.

What I’m: October

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whatimWhat I’m is my recent blog concept which allows me to cover a few of my favourites of the month in one post. This is my What I’m for October…

What I’m readingThe Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire (Book Six) by Cassandra Clare. In August I was in the midst of reading Book Three and I’m still thoroughly enjoying this series. The series is reminiscent of some of my favourite books and interests. It is about a group of young adults in a fantastical world of werewolves, vampires, faeries, warlocks and a race of Shadowhunters: descended from Angels, as they step forward into a time of war, uncertainty and danger.

What I’m watching – This month I’m all about TV Shows and I’ve been watc282288F800000578-3060785-image-a-48_1430492966005hing Happy Endings Season Three, after successfully finding it on Amazon Instant. I love this show to pieces, despite its only three season airing before it was cancelled, and the characters are so loveable. I’ve also been re-watching Season One of Once Upon A Time, another show I totally adore. In case you’re unfamiliar, this show is all about fairytale characters torn out of their world and thrown into ours by an evil Queen. I totally recommend both shows.

What I’m subscribing to – This month I’ve been enjoying Fleur De Force’s vlog channel, FleurDeVlog, as she has been and will be vlogging every day in October. I’ve also been enjoying Strawburry17 as the channel has been revamped for Halloween with6afe69f6546810140294c658cd969313 a range of new spooky shows.

What I’m listening to – So much! I’ve been listening to loads of music as of late. But I’ve recently gotten back into bands such as Metric and Nirvana. If you’re unfamiliar with either of these artists/bands I recommend checking out Satellite Mind and Help I’m Alive by Metric and Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are by Nirvana.

What I’m eating – Recently I became a student. Yes, a student. Part of this role entails trying to eat cheaply. I’m also a vegetarian. In all of this, I have been enjoying Cous Cous as a regular part of many of my meals. I have been especially enjoying buying bags of plain Cous Cous which I can add to salad or rice (I hope that isn’t too weird) and I’ve been eating it on its own (okay, that’s weird, I know) with a seasoning of salt and pepper. Delicious.

What I’m quoting – ‘What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person in more than a person.’ – John Green, from his novel Paper Towns.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/once-upon-a-time-poster, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-3060785/Emotional-ties-beauty-vlogger-Fleur-Force.html and https://www.pinterest.com/pin/285767538829028060/

Film: Paper Towns

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downloadAs you can tell, if you’ve seen my posts regularly, I’ve been very lucky this season to go to the cinema to see many of the films I’ve wanted to see as soon as they came out. Paper Towns wasn’t really on that list, but thanks to a friend’s birthday, I was ‘forced’ to see it. However, I was genuinely interested to see the film since I’m a fan of John Green, who wrote the book Paper Towns, from watching his work online, and more specifically, on YouTube (VlogBrothers).

The film itself was really interesting. The story follows as this: Paper towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbour Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love. (Written by ‘20th Century Fox’ and taken from IMDB, click here to see more).

While embodying typical traits of its genres: drama, mystery and romance, Paper Towns is unique in its portrayal of these genres. Its distinctiveness is, I think, a reason to explain why I’m struggling to know exactly what to write about the film in order to truly recommend it, especially for those who, like me, haven’t read the book and don’t know what to expect. All I can really say is that the film shows the importance of lifelong and spontaneous friendships while promoting the message of living in the moment, having fun with your life every single day rather than waiting and hoping for that perfect life years in the future.

It’s important to add that the film also reminds us to remember that people are just people, and as the quote goes ‘What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person.’

Additionally, the cast is made of up of a varied a group of people I had never seen act before and I thought they were great. Paper Towns was cast so perfectly that the characters and the context, however crazy it seemed, just felt believable and so very realistic. The movie is also accompanied by a great soundtrack which leads me to leave a YouTube video below to showcase my favourite song from it. Please give it a listen:

Other than this, I have little else to say. I really recommend the film and hope you enjoy it if you go to it or read the book.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3622592/