Is the Amazon series Paper Girls based on the comic books?

By Jordan Lyon
Published: July 29, 2022
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This article, “is the Amazon series Paper Girls based on the comic books,” contains spoilers regarding season 1. 

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Amazon Prime’s latest series Paper Girls, is a tale about a war between two groups of time travelers that causes four paper girls to time travel themselves. Within the show is a coming-of-age story with action and science-fiction. And when you throw hints of nostalgia, that’s when you get Paper Girls. And the co-creator of the show, Brian K Vaughn, has said that he would describe the show as a mixture of the films Stand By Me and The Terminator. But is it based on the comic book series of the same name?

Is the Amazon series Paper Girls based on the comic books?

Of course, it is! In fact, the show’s co-creator, Brian K Vaughn, is the same individual that wrote the comic books! As for the comic book series, it was first published in October 2015 and concluded in July 2019. During its run, it had 30 issues. With each of the paper girls, Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ, appearing in every issue. And for the most part, the tv adaptation of Paper Girls follows the route as the comic books. 

This is because, much like in the comics, it starts with Erin starting her first-ever job as a paper girl. And after she befriends three other paper girls, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ, Mac accidentally shoots Erin. And it doesn’t take long before Erin miraculously recovers and the paper girls realise that they have time travelled to the future. However, interestingly, the way Erin gets shot differs in the TV Show. For example, in the TV Show, Erin gets shot by Mac after Mac fears an invasion. On the other hand, in the comics, Erin accidentally gets shot by Mac’s stepmother, Alice, when she tries to commit suicide.

Additionally, as Paper Girls has only made eight episodes, it has by no means covered all of its source material. So, if Paper Girls gets renewed for a second season, it could easily stay with the comic books and stick with what fans will love and expect. Or, it could completely surprise viewers and divert away from the story within the comic book series. But considering how that worked out for shows such as The Walking Dead and Resident Evil, would the creators even dare?

What do you think about Paper Girls being based on a comic book series? Do you want it to stick to its source material or include something new and shocking?

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