Book or Movie?

Discuss the April 2015 book of the month, "Paper Towns" by John Green.
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To be completely honest I did not like either. I watched the movie first and then read the book. I had really high hopes for Paper Towns because The Fault in Our Stars was so good, but I really couldn't get into the story. If I had to choose between the book or movie, I'd choose the movie. It was difficult to get through the book, I found certain parts very boring and I took a lot of breaks when trying to finish reading it. The movie was boring too, but watching the visuals of the book unfold made me feel more like I was on an adventure, rather than the book where I felt like I was drowning in a sea of boredom having to imagine what discreet place Margo was hiding in for the majority of the book.
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I don't want to sound cliché but I liked the book better than the movie. However, I loved the movie. I love seeing how different people take a story and interpret it in their own way. I often like when the movie expands and even travels away from the book. It allows the audience to experience how the producer and director experienced the book, even if it is different from my own interpretation.
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I've not seen the movie, but it sounds like it might be a good one! I enjoyed the book several years ago when I read it, and I always like to compare the movie to the book.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. –Neil Gaiman
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Movie definitely. I think it added a whole new layer of dimension to the characters
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I had first watched the film, I thought it was decent. I liked the book a lot better. The book was more detailed, the movie and book differed only when it came to the details. The general storyline of them was the same. I don't think was the best John Green book, I definitely prefered The Fault in Our Stars. I think all of his novels are great.
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Both weren't great! I wish the ending was more satisfying!
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I really loved the movie, but I liked the book more. I love the details you can get from the book that they skip in the movie.
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I read the book right before the movie came out and I was actually very pleased with it.
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By reading the comments above, I guess I would try the movie first. And if I get time I may try the book. But now I am going after the trailer, right now!
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I watched the movie before reading the book which I don't often do but there was a lot of hype around it so I wanted to check it out. I was a little bit disappointed by it. I think mainly because people had over sold it for me so my expectations were so high.
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Usually I like the book better than the movie. Either they deleted parts of the book that I liked or the characters are different but this book is one of the rare times that a really loved the movie as much as the book.
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I had the opportunity to watch the movie a while ago and I really enjoyed the level of suspense and that the director stayed true to the book, but I think I want to reread it again!
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jleach1973 wrote: 12 Oct 2015, 09:43 Papertowns is my second favorite book by John Green so I was happy to hear that the movie was being made. Overall, I did like the movie and I also appreciated how much the movie stayed true to the book. However, I believe I will always prefer books over movies simply because there are so many thoughts, etc. that cannot be translated well into the movie medium. I get the most enjoyment out of reading the book first so I can use my knowledge of the story to get more out of the movie.
I completely agree. Even when the movie is good, the book is always better. In this case, the producers managed to make a good movie that followed the same storyline as the book, which is amazing. However, the little details are always lost in the process, which makes the novel stand out.
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I've both read the book and seen the movie, and I still prefer the book. I'm a stickler for having movies be 100% true to the book, and while the movie did an admirable job of it, it wasn't perfect. I know there are no movies 100% true to the book so I tend to avoid movies based on books.
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Book, of course! I enjoy John Green's style of writing and that is an additional charm of the book.
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