Paper Towns


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By Joe Lipsett and Brenna Clarke Gray. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

If you're going to revisit a YA author, who better to sample a second time than prolific writer John Green? Brenna and Joe dive deep into manic pixie dream girl territory with Green's 2008 novel Paper Towns and its 2015 film adaptation by Jake Schreier.

The pair continue the discussion about male protagonists in realist YA romance, question the blandness of white boy actors and debate the casting of Cara Delevingne. The single biggest question, however, is how screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber screw up this adaptation - and particularly its ending - when they did such an admirable job on The Fault In Our Stars.

In homework: Brenna raises the Easter weekend controversy involving author Jacqueline Jules, prompting an extended discussion about safe spaces and working with people of other cultures.

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