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Paper Towns

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Transcript of Paper Towns

Paper town
The keyword I chose was paper town. Not only is it the title of this wonderful, adventurous book, but i is also a significant part in the book.
Denotation
In the novel, a paper town is a fake town that seems to be perfect but when you get close you see all the imperfections. A paper town is also stated to be a pseudovision. A pseudovision is a subdivision that has been abandoned in the making. The word pseudovision is not a word according to dictionary.com.

Importance of the Word "Paper Town"
“Here's what's not beautiful about it: from here, you can't see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” - John Green (page 57-58, Paper Towns)

"Paper towns = pseudovisions" -John Green (page 152, Paper Towns)

The word paper town is important to the novel is because the main character and his best-friends go around the country looking for their friend that has been going to paper towns/pseudovisions. The main character has an obsession with this friend that they look for. This friend of the main character and his best-friends has left out of the blue and has left some clues to the first pseudovision that she visits. Once they find their friend they find out that she didn't want them to find her. They went on a wild goose chase looking for their friend that didn't want to be found.
Image #1
This image is a map of a paper town. This is a picture made specifically about the book. As you can see there are some quotes from the novel.
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/176/5/d/paper_towns_by_the_sentimentalist-d3jyjxl.jpg
Image #2 and #2.5
Here are two photographs of abandoned subdivisions (a.k.a. psuedovisions). This is where the friend that the main character was looking for was staying.
http://www.wbrz.com/images/news/2011-07-21/1.JPG
http://cache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/recess_03_18/r20_18108367.jpg
Image #3
This is a map of how far the main character had to drive to find his love. Obviously he really liked this girl.
http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgs6hfcvkx1qdov9ro1_400.jpg
Thematic Statements
The novel "Paper Towns", by John Green, is about friendship and reveals that no matter what, friends will always be there for each other.
The novel "Paper Towns", by John Green, is about complexity and reveals that there are more to people than what's on the outside.
The novel "Paper Towns, by John Green, is about friendship and reveals that if taken to extremes, can be negative rather than positive.”
Citations
Green, John. <i>Paper Towns</i>. New York: Dutton, 2008. 305. Print.
"Paper Towns"
by: John Green

Prezi by: McKenna Kahanek
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