Thursday, February 5, 2015
Guest Blogger Maria Ramos: Paper Towns and John Green: Another Emotional Roller Coaster?
Today I am pleased to host Maria Ramos, writer extraordinaire!
Paper Towns and John Green: Another Emotional Roller Coaster?
Over the past year, John Green has transcended his success among teens and gone on to become one of the most recognized modern authors for teens and adults alike. His novel about a love shared between two cancer stricken teens, The Fault in Our Stars, was a gripping, beautiful and painfully real tale adapted into a film that evoked deep emotional responses and praise from fans of all ages and critics alike. Now, Green is about to see another one of his stories and beloved characters grace the silver screen. His third novel, Paper Towns, is expected to arrive in theaters later this year.
The story is a coming of age tale that focuses on the highlights and pitfalls of high school romance, all within a gripping mystery that flows seamlessly together – it’s dashed with humor. Quentin Jacobsen is more than thrilled to be drawn in by the unconventional and inquisitive Margo Roth Spiegelman. Dressed as a ninja in the middle of the night, she reveals to him an elaborate revenge plot and asks him for his assistance. The next morning, however, she's nowhere to be seen. Her disappearance is taken lightly by her parents and the police, who believe that the vanishing act is just another one of the over-the-top stunts that Margo has come to be known for, though Q isn't quite so convinced. He believes that the magnificent enigma that is Margo Roth has left behind clues to her current whereabouts - clues meant just for him.
Between the many hilarious quips shared between Q and his companion in the hunt for Margo, Radar, readers are exposed to the exact style of writing that has made Green so popular. It isn't just his well thought out plots, but the fact he creates quirky, nuanced characters who aren't objectified as "teens," but rather unique individuals who have their own thoughts and opinions that aren't negated by the fact that they're underage.
One of John Green's strongest assets as a writer is his ability to recognize all the unadulterated emotion of adolescence. There is a universal element within young adult novels; we've all been teenagers once. Green takes hold of this fact and uses it to illustrate the most exciting, transformative period of our lives and capture all the raw emotion that defines the entire experience. The thing about young adult novels, particularly in Green's works, is that adolescents are the epitome of true emotion. Our first love, for example, is one that we enter blindly, without any preconceived notions, haunting past experiences or nagging insecurities. The love shared between Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars, (which is luckily now streamable on Direct TV, Amazon, and other sites) for example, perfectly encapsulates the emotions definitive of adolescence: fearless. Bold. Unforgiving.
It is this gritty, achingly beautiful raw element to unfiltered emotions that allow the young protagonists of John Green's novels to root so deeply in the hearts of readers of all ages.
Paper Towns, will feature Nat Wolff (who played Augustus' best friend Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars) and model Cara Delevingne in the roles of Quentin and Margo. The film is scheduled to debut in the United States this summer, June 19, 2015.
Maria is a writer interested in comic books, cycling, and horror films. Her hobbies include cooking, doodling, and finding local shops around the city. She currently lives in Chicago with her two pet turtles, Franklin and Roy. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaRamos1889.
What do you think? Do you agree with Maria's analysis of John Green's novels?