Character Relations, And Cinematic Techniques In Paper Towns By John Green

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“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one” (8). Paper Towns by John Green is a realistic fiction story about a teenage boy, Quentin, who observes the actions of the rebellious girl next door, Margo, who happens to be his crush. One day, she suddenly shows up at his window and takes him on the most exciting adventure of his life. The next day at school, when he looks for her to talk about their adventures, he learns that she suddenly ran away. Paper Towns is also a movie, directed by Jake Schreier. The movie was released on July 9, 2015. The author and director both uniquely depict character relations, character personalities, and mood through literary devices and cinematic techniques. John Green often…show more content…
The narration showed his personality through his subconscious thoughts. When Q recalls his memory of his last goodbye to Margo before she runs away, he describes their proximity, her volume, her posture, and his feelings. His narration that shows his subconscious thoughts because it’s “non-verbal” dialogue. In books written in the first person, communication directly to the reader is key to increasing the understanding of the story. His subconscious thoughts tell us more than the dialogue because the dialogue is simply how characters act around other people while subconscious thoughts are what they truly think. Comparatively, in movies, characters’ expressions and reactions can be seen through the shot-reverse shot. In many of Margo and Quentin’s conversations Schreier uses over the shoulder shot and shot reverse shot, so the viewer can observe facial expressions. Facial expressions help the viewer interpret what the characters are feeling and thinking. In comparison, their personalities drive their actions and actions set the

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