Funniest moments in Paper Towns

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Funniest moments in Paper Towns

Post by ALynnPowers » 02 Apr 2015, 06:22

I always read during my long commute on the Tokyo metro train/subway system, and I found that I embarrassed myself multiple times while reading this book due to suddenly laughing out loud as I was reading.

These are the most notable times I was guilty of causing lots of stares on the trains, thanks to my burst of LOLing:
"The world's largest collection of black Santas." [Every. Single. Time.]

"It's a penis in the same sense that Rhode Island is a state: it may have an illustrious history, but it sure isn't big."

Radar half raised his hand. I dutifully called on him. "Yes, I was wondering if it would be possible for you to write sestina about Margo Roth Spiegleman's breasts? Your six words are: pink, round, firmness, succulent, supple, and pillowy." "Personally," Ben said, "I think at least one of the words should be buhbuhbuhbuh."

And pretty much anytime Ben opened his mouth to speak.

So what about you honeybunnies? What were your favorite funny moments?

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Post by bluemel4 » 02 Apr 2015, 08:33

I have three favorites. The first, is when Ben creates his beer sword and with flawless drunken logic glues the beer sword to his hand so no one can steal it.

The second, is when Radar keeps reminding the car about how they almost died and then Ben saved their lives. All the while Ben shouting I did not do it for anyone I was trying to save myself.

The third, is when Ben needed to pee in the first 3 hours of the car ride and he finally get to pee in the beer bottles. Then 35 mintes later says he has to pee again. So funny.

I have to say there were a lot more humorous moments thrown in to this novel. From the witty banter of Ben, Radar, and Quentin to the naked run away picture of Jase. The book kept a heavy subject light with it's true to life funny moments.
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 02 Apr 2015, 10:36

My funniest moment would have to be in the first part of the book when Margo Roth Spiegelman gets Q to tag along with her on her night of vengeance. It was pretty hilarious to picture ladies' man Jason Worthington scurrying across the lawn with his miniscule "object" sticking out the top of his boxers. Then Q goes ahead and takes a picture. Poor JW...
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Post by melbuhtoast » 02 Apr 2015, 12:57

Anytime they mentioned Radar's parents and their collection of Black Santas I would lose it. I think part of it stems from the fact that my parents also have a huge collection of Christmas decorations they put up every holiday season, and just imagining everything as Black Santas instead is just hilarious.

I also loved the entire part when Margo and Q are working through her revenge plot. Not only was it fun, but absolutely had me in stitches!

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Post by Stevefromtheblock » 03 Apr 2015, 07:29

This sounds really funny! Now I want to read this book!

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Post by ALynnPowers » 03 Apr 2015, 07:36

bluemel4 wrote:I have three favorites. The first, is when Ben creates his beer sword and with flawless drunken logic glues the beer sword to his hand so no one can steal it.

The second, is when Radar keeps reminding the car about how they almost died and then Ben saved their lives. All the while Ben shouting I did not do it for anyone I was trying to save myself.

The third, is when Ben needed to pee in the first 3 hours of the car ride and he finally get to pee in the beer bottles. Then 35 mintes later says he has to pee again. So funny.

I have to say there were a lot more humorous moments thrown in to this novel. From the witty banter of Ben, Radar, and Quentin to the naked run away picture of Jase. The book kept a heavy subject light with it's true to life funny moments.
All additional LOL moments. I forgot about the beer can sword!

That makes me laugh all over again.

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Post by Scott » 08 Apr 2015, 20:44

Some of my favorites:
John Green wrote:Those of us who frequent the band room have long suspected that Becca maintains her lovely figure by eating nothing but the souls of kittens and the dreams of impoverished children.
John Green wrote:There were a thousand shops on International Drive, and they all sold the same exact thing: crap.
John Green wrote:RHAPAW rannot on gasoline, but on the inexhaustible fuel of human hope.
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Post by bluemel4 » 08 Apr 2015, 22:37

I loved the RHAPAW! Plus it ran on hope. :P That part made me giggle.
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Post by bookowlie » 08 Apr 2015, 23:19

Here are a few of my favorites:

"If I am ever told that I have one day to live, I will head straight for the hallowed halls of Winter Park High School, where a day has been know to last a thousand years." (my absolute favorite!)

"I think that's why she never worried about me - as long as I wasn't ritually decapitating gerbils or urinating on my face, she figured I was a success."

"You have to write me a term paper on the look and feel of Margo Roth Spiegelman's breasts. Thirty pages, minimum!" (Ben)
"I want you to do a photo-realistic pencil drawing," Radar said.
"A sculpture would also be acceptable," Ben added.

The collection of black Santas was beyond awesome! I am a Santa collector and I should display them all year. I love that Radar's parents kept them around the house year-round, even in the bathrooms. :) For me, this wasn't really funny, although completely fabulous. :)
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Post by Deee » 09 Apr 2015, 06:18

There were so many funny moments, especially between Quentin, Ben, and Radar.

I found hilarity through Ben and his beer sword.

I also could not stop laughing at the mention of the black Santa collection because it's ridiculous.

I almost passed out laughing picturing Jason running down a suburban street with his junk out to get away from an angry father.
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Post by ashley_claire » 13 Apr 2015, 17:22

For me the funniest moment was when Quentin finally got his own car...and it's a minivan.

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Post by trabernathy29 » 14 Apr 2015, 12:06

From the very beginning of the book I thought the pranks or revenge Margo planned were hilarious. To just imagine how she came up with the plot and reading how it all actually played out was genius. The whole act of getting her boyfriend in the middle of his tryst with her supposed "bestie" was the best. I like the fact that she thought of everything, from putting the club on the car to alerting her friends parents, taking the boyfriends clothes and having him stand outside naked. That in itself was hilarious.

Ben seemed to be a very fun loving person. He was sometimes selfish but you can't deny that he had a lot of fun and imagination. The fact that he referred to potential girlfriends and "honeybunnies" was cute. His crush on Q's mom making her a honeybunny was funny because you don't want your friend looking at your mom in that way. Saying it out loud may be worse because it makes you have to think of her in that way.

Being African-American myself, the fact that Radar's parents collected Black Santa's was really unusual. I can understand his apprehension of inviting his girlfriend over. I must say that I thought was funny with Radar is on the road trip where he had on a shirt with a Confederate flag on it. That was just wrong on all kinds of levels....but funny!

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Post by deah319 » 16 Apr 2015, 05:10

You are all correct! All those mentioned above were hilarious but if I have to rate them, the world's largest collection of black Santas wins the prize. I already raved about it on another thread. All the peeing scenes tie for second place. At the after prom party and then later on Ben's dilemma en route to New York. RHAPHAW is definitely on the top three.
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Post by CloudedRune » 16 Apr 2015, 05:23

I haven't finished reading the book yet (trying to avoid seeing spoilers currently, I'll be back to read about everyone's favourite moments properly soon :D) but so far my favourite funny part was Margo's "I'm the new queen of vocabulary! I've usurped you!"

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Post by gali » 16 Apr 2015, 07:06

Mine were the beer sword and the beer bottles part.
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