Apparently movies would suck without John Green, who is downright effusive about how the movie adaptation of his 2008 novel, Paper Towns, turned out. The film which is being released on July 24, a year after last summer’s blockbuster hit The Fault in Our Stars opened and transformed Green from bestselling YA author into pop culture phenomenon.
“I feel astonished that I like the movie so much,” he says of
Paper Towns. Never mind that Green might also be loving that
he’s got another shot at 15 seconds of movie stardom: he disclosed that he has a cameo in Paper Towns—just as he did in
last summer’s The Fault in Our Stars, although that scene,
sadly, landed on the cutting-room floor.
“In many ways, the movie is better than the book,” Green
insists, noting that he feels the same way about the movie
adaptation of Fault in Our Stars. “I love the way the friendships
come to life,” he says, “the tension and the joy” in the interac-
tions between the teens, particularly those of the three male
characters, Quentin, Radar, and
Ben. “Those friendships are just
so vibrant and so alive,” he says.
“I tried to bring that to the
book.” And, he admits, Radar’s
girlfriend, Angela, “is more
interesting” than the original
character he created.
Although he’s now got two movies under his belt and is the
star attraction at BookCon for the second year in a row, participating in a panel discussion of Paper Towns in the Special
Events Hall, 6–7 p.m., Green maintains that his life hasn’t
changed that much since Paper Towns was published in
2008—except maybe for having legions of enthusiastic fans
attending his appearances and eagerly lining up for hours to
have him sign their books. “The first four years I was a published author, I never had a signing with more than eight
people at it,” he recalls with a laugh. “I didn’t think any of my
books would ever become movies, actually,” he says, emphasizing how grateful he is, but admitting it’s been more difficult to write “in the shadow of all of this hullabaloo.” Nonetheless, this bonafide literary rock star maintains that he is
still a nerd, living a quiet life in Indianapolis with his family
and his friends when he isn’t on tour for his books or on location with movie crews. He finds the extraordinary response to
his novels “encouraging,” but also “super strange”—in a good
way, he is quick to add. “I feel really lucky.” —Claire Kirch ■
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