Are you someone who does things to please someone else? Are you someone who keeps on a facade eve in front of your family and friends? Are you someone who just wants to leave everything behind, run away, and never come back? Are you someone who just can’t be yourself? If you are, then you are just like Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo Roth Spiegelman is just a normal teenager. Or is she? At school, she is the queen bee. She is that girl who has the perfect life: perfect family, perfect boyfriend, perfect grades, perfect social standing, perfect everything!
She is that girl everybody adores and follows. She is that girl girls are envious of and that girl guys want to date. But she’s not all that. She is the girl with crazy, wild, epic stories of adventure and yet she brushes it off with a, “Can you believe it? ” At home, she is the perfect daughter who follows what her parents say. She is the perfect sibling to her younger sister, Ruthie. She is the perfect pet owner for Myrna Mountweazel. All of these are the perception of people around her, of the society. For Margo Roth Spiegelman, she is a paper girl from a paper town.
Behind her mask, in the comforts of her man-high, two-man-wide bookcase of vinyl records, she is a girl who loves mystery. She is the girl who goes to abandoned mini-malls, sits in a corner, and writes on her black moleskin notebook. She is a girl who is sick of everything. What makes her story different is that this is not that cliche love story of a popular girl meeting that guy who would make her realize that being perfect and/or popular is everything. The thing is Margo herself knows what she’s doing. Margo Roth Spiegelman has always been mature. Even at a young age.
The love for mystery started when she and her playmate, Quentin, saw the dead body of Robert Joyner at Jefferson Park, the park near their home. She did an investigation on the man and concluded that “all the strings inside him broke”. “As I took two steps backward, Margo took equally small steps forward. ” This is the start of Margo and Q’s parting. After that night, they never spoke two each other again. Paper Towns, Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, by John Green is a story on Quentin’s perspective. This spin-off would be on Margo’s point of view.
This would tell what happened to her after the words “Shut the window” were uttered on the night of their parting. For a 9-year-old who experienced seeing something disturbing (a corpse with flies on resting on its forehead and dried blood that poured on its mouth), she reacted differently. By that you would know that she is not the typical queen bees of a typical American public high school but probably more of the nerd who loves mysteries and detective novels. But 8 years later, she did turn out to be that queen bee everybody loves and adores.
Yet she is not the typical one, she is still the adventurous person like her 9-year-old self. Those adventures are something to be added on this story. What happened? What led up to being taught by “an old guy living in a broken-down house in Hot Coffee, Mississippi how to play the guitar”? Or how did she end up “spending three days travelling with the circus”? There are many aspects to the real Margo Roth Spiegelman’s life and this is just one them. Her black moleskin notebook; the fit of that notebook is a special requirement on buying purses.
She first got that notebook when she was 9 years old and it was aforementioned that the 9-year-old Margo wrote a detective story solving Robert Joyner’s death on the said notebook. This is where she writes her plans as well. She said that planning is better than the adventure itself. We could speculate that at times she goes to abandoned mini-malls (at least 2-3 times a week); she writes crosshatch (undecipherable by non-Margo readers) her plans of epic events, pranks, and ideas (TP-ing campaigns and secret road trips).
In this spin-off, we would now what those plans are, how were they executed by the Margo Roth Spiegelman, “a six-syllable name often spoken in its entirety with a quiet reverence”. And of course, what does her parent think of her actions – a minor who leaves to go on a road trip to Mississippi or to spend the night at Disney World? They are getting tired – of her silliness, of her selfishness, of them changing the locks every time she runs away – of everything. A spin-off about Margo Roth Spiegelman could share her situation at home. It could further explain how it developed.
We knew when it started but it could have changed depending on her environment. This spin-off would focus on Margo Roth Spiegelman’s past. Starting from when she was 9 years old and saw a dead man, writing a detective story on her black moleskin notebook, reading up Algoe (a paper town – a fake town) when she was 10 or 11, writing up travel plans and pranks, going on road trips, escaping in the middle of the night to break in inside amusement parks, her stays on abandoned mini-malls, her adventures, her planning on her big escape, and her actually executing that big escape and living alone on an old barn on Algoe.
If you answered yes to my first questions, I pretty sure you would be able to relate to Margo. You don’t have to be a popular kid just like Margo. You could just be a plain Jane who could never show her true color. This particular character struck me because she was able to do what she wanted. Most of do things for someone else’s sake and when you do act for yourself, people call you selfish.
A certain tarpaulin was hung around the Ateneo Loyola Schools and it says, “Kung ang major mo para matuwa ang nanay mo, tatay mo, lolo mo, lola mo, ninang mo ninong mo, pinopormahan mo, batchmates mo, nanay ng pinopormahan mo, tatay ng pinopormahan mo, lolo ng pinopormahan mo, lola ng pinopormahan mo, dating teachers mo na hindi o mapormahan? Ang minor, para sa iyo. Magminor ka sa Philo. ” This tarp implies that there are many people who do stuff for others. And this story will hit them. This is a story perfect for them.