I saw the premiere of the Paper Towns movie, followed by questions answered by the cast, director, and author, and a couple of musical performances (one by Saint Motel, and one by Nat and Alex Wolff). Because though Paper Towns is probably my least favorite John Green book, it’s still a good story.
And John Green is pretty amazing.
There were two sections: John Green, the director Jake Schreier, producer Wyck Godrey, and actors Halston Sage and Jaz Sinclair–and then actors Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne–in two different cities, with some lag between segments because of it.
John Green answered quite a few of the questions, of course. You could tell from the answers that the cast had gotten along very well, and really enjoyed the story they were telling.
Cara joked that when she met him, she couldn’t remember Nat’s name, or the name of his character in The Fault in Our Stars. At least I assume she was joking… I can’t mention much of what they talked about without being spoiler-y, but there was a funny song/dance number between Cara and Nat–they were very high energy, opening up the question segment with some kind of playful attack on each other.
They talked about the fun of making the movie, and what the movie is about. A paper town is a fake town put in a map for copyright purposes–but some of them have become real. Because life is strange. Appearances, this movie reminds you, aren’t everything. And life doesn’t have to be spectacular to be an adventure.
Nat and his brother played a song Nat had written about the movie, which was interesting, if shown in some very weird camera angles.
John Green said a very nice thank you to everyone for supporting him, and he seems to really mean it, which is nice. You don’t have to love an author to love their books, but I think it’s a nice bonus.
The movie has now been out for a bit. Has anyone seen it? What did you think? (No spoilers, please, just in case someone hasn’t seen it yet.)