Q:CAN WE HAVE SOME MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PAPER TOWNS MOVIE? I'm really excited :)
JAKE SCHREIER (who made the amazing Robot and Frank) is directing it! He is a good man whose full name is just a Scrabble dream come true.
My good friend NAT WOLFF is starring in it as Q!
Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bown, and Isaac Klausner are producing it! (They also produced The Fault in Our Stars film.)
Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff are guiding things at the studio, Fox 2000. (The same studio executives who made TFIOS.)
The (REALLY REALLY GREAT) screenplay was written by Weber and Neustadter (who wrote TFIOS and The Spectacular Now and many other great movies.)
Who is playing Margo? Radar? Ben? Angela? Lacey? Ruthie? I DON’T KNOW YET.
When will it come out? JULY 31ST, 2015.
Where will the movie be filmed? This has not quite been decided.
Will I have a cameo? I DON’T KNOW BUT IF I DO IT WILL PROBABLY BE CUT FROM THE MOVIE PER TRADITION.
I am so, so excited that Robot and Frank director Jake Schreier will be directing the Paper Towns film.
Jake is a brilliant director. He also really loves and cares about the book and its audience. (Before he got the job, he traveled to Orlando and tracked down all the real-life versions of the locations in the book just because he wanted to see the world through Q’s eyes as much as possible.)
With Jake, a great script written by the screenwriters of TFIOS, the same producers and studio, and the inimitable Nat Wolff playing Q, I’m really excited for the movie. GAH IT IS REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN YAY.
Hopefully we’ll learn more about casting soon. I’ll let you know the moment I hear anything!
With the exception of a few random places like Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Vishala Environmental Centre for Heritage and Arts’ Utensils Museum and Sudha Cars Museum, the blog hasn’t spent much time in India. Well, let me change that with this next post. Second only to the Taj Mahal in India’s tourism department, the Rock Garden of Chandigarh is probably one of the best known examples of outsider art. Beginning in 1957, government official Nek Chand began collecting materials from demolition sites in his spare time. He then made art out of the scrap and other waste materials, using bottles, glass, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, and sinks. But he had to work in secret because he was using a location near Sukhna Lake in a deeply-wooded gorge, which had been designated as a land conservancy. By the time the authorities found out in 1975 Chand’s garden had grown into a 12-acre complex (today it is over 40 acres) of man-made interlinked waterfalls and courtyards filled with hundreds of concrete sculptures. You’d think a one-of-a-kind sanctuary would have faced the bulldozers. But despite protests and calls for Chand to be punished, the rock garden was turned into a public space and the artist continued his work. In 1990, a road for the exclusive use of VIPs was to be built right through the middle of the garden and trees were cleared for its construction. There was a lengthy court battle, eventually resulting in victory. But when Chand left the country in 1996 the government withdrew its funding and the park was vandalised. That incident, and the governmental scandal that resulted from it, birthed the Nek Chand Foundation, a non-profit organization that ensures his work will remain preserved, protected and open to the public for many years to come.
True story: the first draft of Paper Towns ended in Nek Chand’s Rock Garden.
EXCLUSIVE: After completing its adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars, Fox 2000 has made a deal for the 2008 Green novel Paper Towns…
The experience of making The Fault in Our Stars was really wonderful because of the people involved: They all brought their talent and professionalism to the story and I’m so proud of the movie they made.
It was all so fun and magical (and frankly so different from my previous Hollywood experiences) that to be honest I wasn’t particularly keen to make another movie—unless I could work again with people I really trust.
And now it has happened! I’m really excited that the same team is reuniting to adapt Paper Towns. It will again be written by Weber and Neustadter, and again produced by Wyck Godfrey and Isaac Klausner. We’re working with the same people at the same studio (Erin Siminoff and Elizabeth Gabler at Fox 2000), and the project is being built around Nat Wolff, who plays Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars.
Like any movie project, this will be a longish road with many potential roadblocks, but I know it will be lots of fun and really rewarding to work again with such passionate and talented people.
p.s. I’m an executive producer this time around, which is exciting!
Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska Challenged
UPDATE: The school board has approved the book list with a 3-2 vote. The class will be offered as planned. Thank you to the 1,100+ people who wrote in and expressed their support for the teachers at Strasburg High School, to The American Library Association and The National Council of Teachers of English, and above all to the teachers and principal at Strasburg High School.
Earlier today I received an email from a high school English teacher in Strasburg, Colorado who plans to teach an elective Young Adult literature course. A group of parents created a petition to “cleanse” the book list, claiming that the majority of the books on the curriculum, “are profane, pornographic, violent, criminal, crass, crude, vile, and will result in the irreparable erosion of my students’ moral character.”
Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have been targeted in particular, and the press attended the most recent school board meeting. The motion has been tabled for the next meeting at 7:00 pm on April 16th at Strasburg High School: 56729 e. Colorado Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136.
Please join me in emailing letters of support of the teacher at Strasburg who has heroically stood by her curriculum and stood alone at School Board meetings defending the books. It’s important to keep your letter as civil as possible, even if this kind of thing turns you into a giant squid of anger.
Letters should be addressed "To the School Board" and emailed to StrasburgYALiteratureCourse@gmail.com. It would also be a great help to attend the next School Board meeting if you live in the area.
I am extremely grateful to those who have come out in support of my books on the various occasions they have been challenged, who understand that I am not out to corrupt teenagers, and who further understand the importance of reading books critically and thoughtfully as a whole, rather than focusing on individual scenes ripped from their context. Thanks for supporting my books, and thanks for being awesome.
Full proposed curriculum below the jump.
Here are some John Green book collages that I made! I hope y’all like them! I’m super excited to announce that…
ALL THE DESIGNS ARE FOR SALE AT DFTBA RECORDS!!! AAAAH!
BONUS! The lovely people at DFTBA Records are giving a $10 discount when you buy all five together! So, buy 4, get 1 freeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Let me know which one is your favourite!
P.S See if you can spot all the items from Margo’s List in the Paper Towns design! There are; 3 catfish, 6 mountain dews, tissues, veet, a dozen tulips, a bottle of water, a can of blue spray paint and some vaseline hidden in the poster!
And another huge thank you to John, Hank, Alan and everyone at DFTBA Records for making this all happen. I can’t stop squealing!
I love these so much. Get ‘em here.
Q:In your tfios question tuesday video you mentioned you made a screenplay for paper towns and had Quentin pursue a totally different girl. WHAT? CAN WE EVER SEE THIS SCREENPLAY. WHOS THIS GIRL. WHAT
1. The girl is Lacey.
2. You cannot see the screenplay, because I do not own it and therefore do not have the right to distribute it. This is a ridiculous situation, because the people who do own it will never turn it into a movie or release it in any form. (Screenwriters who are paid to write scripts basically never own their scripts.)
3. It was not that good, so you aren’t missing out on much.
Can anyone give me an unbiased opinion of John Green books?
Maybe opinion isn’t the best word to go with unbiased. Style overview, maybe?
Teens don’t sound like that; we get that road trips are a metaphor for adolescence; manic pixie dream girls (or boy); they’re all the same; teenagers aren’t as smart as he makes them seem; people only like his books because the Internet.
John Green, everyone.
Yes, to be clear, since people are getting upset, I WROTE THIS. I was making fun of myself. But now I feel the need to defend myself against the terrible accustations that I earlier made, so fine:
1. Lots of good novels involve the use of heightened language and/or don’t attempt to perfectly replicate human speech.
2. Road trips are a good metaphor for adolescence, and I have used the metaphor twice: In Katherines, where the road trip lasts about ten pages, and in Paper Towns, where the road trip lasts about 30 pages. Road trips comprise about 3% of my published work. I’ve devoted almost as much space to Moby Dick, and probably more to jokes about testicles. (TFiOS is sometimes accused of featuring a road trip, but it doesn’t. It does contain travel, but then again, so do most human lives in the contemporary industrialized world.)
3. Augustus Waters is not a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, and Hazel’s initial misimagining of him (and Gus’s initial wish to be misimagined) falls away pretty quickly. Both Alaska Young (in LfA) and Margo Rothe Spiegelman (in Paper Towns) are imagined by the boys who adore them as manic pixie dream girls, but in both cases, this inability to see a young woman as fully human has disastrous consequences, and in Paper Towns the dirty pernicious lie of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is repeatedly and violently destroyed. In fact, that’s essentially the plot of Paper Towns.
4. Stop telling teenagers how smart they aren’t.
5. The Internet has definitely been good for (and kind to) my books, but for the record, nerdfighters report enjoying TFiOS about as much as, for lack of a better term, “regular people.” If my books were read primarily by people who liked them because the Internet, you’d expect the ratings at goodreads* to be high initially but then as word spread out to “regular people” and they started reading the book, the ratings would go down significantly. (This happened to Paper Towns, for instance, and it happens to most books by authors with built-in fan bases.) But with TFiOS, the ratings have been very stable: The first 50,000 ratings averaged 4.55; the most recent 50,000 ratings have averaged 4.54.
(For the record, there are lots of good and fair criticisms of my books, and I certainly don’t think they are amazing or anything. I just don’t think these particular criticisms hold up to scrutiny.)
* Because so many people use goodreads, it is an amazingly good—and amazingly underutilized—resource for understanding what people read, why, and how they feel about their reading experiences.
Oh, I was hoping someone would notice that.
(However, please bear in mind that I will be begging you to donate to the Project for Awesome beginning in about 48 hours, so…yeah. Don’t spend money on this that you would otherwise donate to the p4a. But if you’re looking for an attractive, book-ish, autographed gift in the $50 range for someone in your life, THEN I AM HERE TO HELP.)
This box set collection of my books with signed copies of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars is coming BACK to Amazon in a limited quantity and is available for preorder now. For this, I am thankful.
SOME QUESTIONS AND THEIR ANSWERS:
Q. How is this possible?
A. I am signing a lot ofbooks to make it happen. Many people who wanted box sets didn’t get them because Amazon ran out so fast, and this made me sad, particularly since the holidays are coming up. So this is happening due to 1. much pleading on tumblr and 2. my
addiction to love of signing things.
Q. Why is it so expensive?
A. I have no control over whether, or when, Amazon discounts the stuff they sell. I am hopeful that they will discount it at some point in the future, but I can’t guarantee it, and they have not discounted it yet.
Q. Will it ship in time for the holidays?
A. Probably not by Hanukkah, but hopefully by Christmas. While I’m optimistic about delivery by Christmas, I definitely can’t guarantee it. It depends partly on how long it takes me to sign these books, which I am going to go back to signing as soon as I finish this tumblr post.
Q. Is there anywhere else I can find these box sets?
A. Yes, many bookstores have rare UNSIGNED box sets, and many Books-a-Million stores have box sets containing signed TFiOS (but not Alaska). You can also find signed copies of Looking for Alaska at many independent bookstores across the country.
Q. What if I don’t live in the US?
A. These signed box sets are only available through Amazon USA, so you’d have to pay the extra shipping, and they’re unlikely to arrive before Christmas. On the upside, you probably have free healthcare, so that’s something.
Two beautiful new watercolor posters from nerdfighter Mei are now available for pre-order. Only 950 of each of these will be printed, and all will be signed by Mr. J-Scribble himself, John Green!
Apparently I have still not saturated the market for my autograph. I will continue to try. (But that aside, these paintings are beautiful. I’m so grateful Mei likes my work enough to incorporate quotes into her paintings.) Both available for preorder now at dftba records.