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You Need To Watch Paper Girls: Here’s 4 Thrilling Reasons Why!

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Description: Sofia Rosinsky (Mac Coyle), Riley Lai Nelet (Erin Tieng), Camryn Jones (Tiffany Quilkin), Fina Strazza (KJ Brandman)

As someone who hasn’t read a lot of comic books and graphic novels, I know I watch a lot of adaptations of these mediums. They can go really well but they can also take a wrong turn. Some of the better known comic book adaptations from Prime Video specifically are The Boys and Invincible, both of which are critically acclaimed.

However, their newest adaptation, Paper Girls, seems to have flown under the radar with little to no discussion or buzz. So let me be the one to introduce you to this show and give you a couple reasons why you should be watching!

An Electrifying and Worthwhile Story

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Description: Fina Strazza (KJ Brandman), Camryn Jones (Tiffany Quilkin), Ali Wong (adult Erin), Riley Lai Nelet (Erin Tieng).

Paper Girls is based on the graphic novel of the same title written by Brian K. Vaughn. The story follows a group of four 12-year-old girls (Erin, Tiff, KJ, and Mac) who work as paper girls in Stony Stream, a suburban area of Cleveland, Ohio. As they’re working the morning after Halloween, they are suddenly swept up in a mystery involving time travel and an ongoing time war. 

I think travel can be a tricky plot line to execute but it’s not what makes this show as good as it is. Rather, I feel it’s the mystery and intrigue of what on earth is happening to our main characters and the choices they make. 

Every decision leads to incidents that become so much more chaotic than the last. It’s enough to keep you engaged with the story and increase your desire to know what’s going to happen next. It seems to follow a similar formula to other series from Prime, and it certainly works well enough to keep the audience interested. 

Diversity Amongst Relatable Characters

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Riley Lai Nelet (Erin Tieng), Ali Wong (adult Erin).

Everyone loves a good heartfelt sob story, or at least I do. One of the best parts of Paper Girls is that each main character has a story to tell  with their own personal obstacles. And because we have a diverse set of characters, each of their identities and circumstances play a part in how they move forward. This could be either in their individual stories or the overall story that focuses on the girls as a group. 

But it’s not just the diversity that wins the day. It’s also the journey of self-reflection that each paper girl is forced to experience. It’s not something we typically see in time travel movies and TV shows. But here, we see the consequences of their actions and the realization that they need to face reality. 

While they may seem juvenile, it’s a reminder that as kids, we don’t think about certain topics until much later in life. We don’t normally need to worry so much about the future. Paper Girls changes the narrative to, “What if we needed to face those challenges now?” in each hard-hitting arc.

Girl Power is Alive and Well

Photo Credit: Anjali Pinto. Copyright: Amazon Studios.
Description: Fina Strazza (KJ Brandman), Sofia Rosinsky (Mac Coyle), Riley Lai Nelet (Erin Tieng), Camryn Jones (Tiffany Quilkin).

If this show is anything, it’s an example of true girl power. When separated, every situation the paper girls run into is an absolute chaotic mess. But the moment they join forces and work together, they’re able to accomplish so much more. 

The relationship between Erin, Tiff, KJ, and Mac starts off rocky and uneasy, as trust is practically nonexistent between them. But as the season progresses, so does their friendship, as they develop a love and understanding of one another. 

Paper Girls excels in showing the positive aspects of friendship between girls. This can include providing comfort, sharing awkward girl moments, or hyping each other up. Regardless of their differences, when the chips are down, they’ll stand up and protect each other. 

Periodic Pop Culture References

Credit to artist Cliff Chiang and colorist Matt Wilson 

With a series that starts off in 1988, it should come to no surprise that references of the 80’s are apparent, especially in music. A majority of the music comes from that time period, with references to Debbie Gibson, Dave Matthews Band, and even Danzig. 

But in this time traveling series, the pop culture and aesthetic doesn’t end with the 1980’s. We are pushed forward in time to see today’s technology that we are familiar with. Smartphones, XBOX One consoles, MacBook’s, you name it. The world we know as today is no different than what’s shown in Paper Girls

But as a millennial, my favorite had to be the 1990’s references. From the overall aesthetic to the sounds of Whitney Houston, it was a sweet treat of nostalgia that never overshadowed the whole story. 

Paper Girls Is Waiting For You…

While it hasn’t been confirmed for a second season, we can only hope that it happens soon enough. But that means we got to give it the chance it deserves. So, seriously! What are you waiting for? Grab the popcorn and candy, sit back, and enjoy the ride through time. 

Paper Girls is now streaming on Prime Video.

Known on other platforms as Samosas and Popcorn, Pooja is a movie enthusiast topped with sprinkles of her love for TV. She can typically be found watching anything from the latest blockbuster movie to a feel good anime, and is always ready to start the discussion on movies and TV so you don't have to.

Pooja Chand
Pooja Chand
Known on other platforms as Samosas and Popcorn, Pooja is a movie enthusiast topped with sprinkles of her love for TV. She can typically be found watching anything from the latest blockbuster movie to a feel good anime, and is always ready to start the discussion on movies and TV so you don't have to.

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