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John Green 'Paper Towns'
Transcript of John Green 'Paper Towns'
- Born 1977
- Grew up in Orlando
- Author for young adult fiction
- Published in 2008
- It started off at number five on the New York Times bestseller list for
- 2009: Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel
- 2010: Corine Literature Prize
- Real connection of individuals
- Beyond merely superficial appearances
False ideas about persons
Learning what is the truth
There is no definite truth (relative to situations)
-All grass is effectively the same and all grass is part of the same entirely
-Before, you only look at ideas of each other
Place: Orlando, US
Time: 'Today', their final year of school
Persons: -Quentin (Q), 17 years old, in love with Margo
- Margo, 17 years old
Plot: 3 Parts
1. The Strings: Q and Margo perform a series of
adventures during one night, Margo disappears
2. The Grass: Q searches for her
3. The Vessel: Q finds her and they discuss issues of
perception by oneself and others
Problem: How do fake ideas about a person develop?
What can one do about it ?
Portrait of the book
Stages of (mis-)understanding one another
'That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.' -Margo (p.37)
'The fundamental mistake I had always made - and that she had, in fairness, led me to make - was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. ' - Quentin (p.199)
'But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it's only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs.' -Quentin (p.302)
Strings, Grass and Vessel
as metaphors ?!
'But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships sink, or maybe we're like grass. We don't suffer from a shortage of metaphors. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters.' -Quentin (p.301)