How To See 'Paper Towns' Early Like A True John Green Superfan
It's only a few days until Paper Towns, the latest adaptation of a John Green book, is released, but the wait couldn't feel longer. The anticipation for the film has been years in the making, seeing as until the success of last year's The Fault in Our Stars, it wasn't even certain that any more of the author's novels would ever get adapted. Yet happily, Paper Towns is on its way, with a release date of Jul. 24. If you're a John Green superfan, though, that's not soon enough — but thankfully, there is a way that you can see Paper Towns early.
No, I'm not suggesting you scour the internet looking for ways to illegally download the movie before its release. I'm referring to a very legal and very cool way of getting to see Paper Towns ahead of its Jul. 24 premiere. It's called Night On the Towns, and for a small price, you can be one of the first people in the country to see the movie before its debut. And it's not just a screening you're getting with your ticket fare — you also get to watch a live Q&A (albeit on TV) of stars Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Jaz Sinclair and Halston Sage; director Jake Schreier; producer Wyck Godfrey; and, of course, John Green. It also includes performances by Nat & Alex Wolff plus Saint Motel, as well as a few surprises yet to be revealed. All attendees receive a commemorative locket and an exclusive poster, too, just like those who attended last year's pre-debut event of The Fault in Our Stars .
Pretty cool, right? There's just one downside: it takes place on Jul. 23 — aka one day before the movie's release, and probably far too late for any of you to reserve a spot. It looks like tickets sold out awhile ago, as you might expect for an event this in-demand. It's pretty disappointing, but there is one upside — all the other ways you can experience Paper Towns other than just seeing the movie, such as:
Re-Reading The Book
If you're this excited for Paper Towns' movie version, I assume you've already read the John Green book (if you haven't, what are you waiting for?). But even if you're a huge fan of the novel, it's still worth reading again before the movie's release, both to make sure you have the details straight and just to appreciate Green's writing once more.
Watching Nat Wolff And Cara Delevingne On Tour
Seeing Wolff and Delevingne on the Paper Towns press tour might be more entertaining than the actual movie. The two of them are talk show pros thanks to their candor and secret skills (who knew Cara could beatbox?), and look like they've been having the best time promoting their movie.
Listening To The Soundtrack
Paper Towns' soundtrack is one of the year's very best, featuring tracks from artists like Santigold, Vance Joy, and Saint Motel. Give it a listen, or ten, and it'll feel like you've been transported right into the book.
Petitioning John Green To Write Another Book
It's been three and a half years since The Fault in Our Stars came out, and there hasn't been another John Green book since. Not okay.
Freaking Out Over Looking For Alaska
One of Green's most loved works is becoming a movie, and there's so much to be excited about, from the female director (!) to the screenwriting duo to the possibility of Alaska being played by an actress of color. You can spend plenty of time freaking out over it.
Seeing Nat And Cara's Next Movies
Wolff will next be seen in Grandma (above) out Aug. 21, and The Intern, out Sept. 25. Delevingne, meanwhile, has Pan, out Oct. 9, and of course there's Suicide Squad, not out until next fall but with an incredible trailer you can watch over and over.
Arguing Over The Ending (Spoiler Alert!)
Does Margo ever come back? Do she and Q ever get together? Does Radar finally get a girlfriend? There's so much to wonder about from Paper Towns' conclusion, and you could spend days arguing with friends over how you think the novel ended, or should have ended.
It might not be as good as seeing the movie early, but there are plenty of ways to keep busy until it's time to take your seat in the theater and watch Paper Towns on the big screen.
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