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Four Books to Read Before Seeing ‘The French Dispatch’

Last week, news of Wes Anderson’s latest movie hit Twitter. The movie, The French Dispatch, accompanied by Anderson’s screenplay of the same name, will be released in July of this year. However, in the meantime, it’s best to prepare yourself for the wonderfully quirky vibes Anderson will be dishing out with some equally quirky books.


  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

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While we all love Anderson’s take on this story, the original is just as fun. The children’s novel follows the sly but funny Mr. Fox. As a means to feed his wife and children, Mr. Fox resorts to stealing livestock from three cruel farmers. He and his other burrowing friends hatch a plan to steal as much food as they can from the evil farmers. The story is a tale of adventure and friendship, two things everyone should experience.


  1. The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

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The Post Office Girl gets a spot on this list because of its author. In a conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library, Anderson revealed that Zweig’s works were the main inspiration for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Zweig tells the story of Christine, an Austrian woman who is a poverty-stricken post office worker and her struggle with depression and financial exclusion.



  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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The story of Bernadette and her disappearance is quite an adventure. On the brink of a breakdown, all the wrong things happen to Bernadette Fox. Unable to cope with the build-up of stress and the blame for her daughter’s failed school fundraiser, Bernadette disappears. With her mother gone, Bee is forced to piece everything together and uncovers years of her mother’s secrets. The book has recently been adapted into a movie and it is entertaining in any form.


  1. The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

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It’s always best to reacquaint yourself with the witty, wild worlds Wes Anderson has created. What better way than to go behind the scenes of it all. In his collection, movie/tv critic Matt Zoller Seitz gives readers an insider view of Anderson’s work. There are behind-the-scenes photos and artwork from Anderson’s movies as well as original illustrations and images for each production.


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5 Book to Movie Adaptions We Can’t Wait For

The year is almost halfway through, but thankfully there are so many exciting adaptations happening the second half of 2019! Here are the one’s we are most excited for:


1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer


Artemis Fowl book cover

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Judi Dench and Josh Gad are set to star in the adaptation of Artemis Fowl. Set over the course of eight books, the first features our hero Artemis after he kidnaps an elf-fairy and holds her for a hefty, hefty ransom to help build back his family’s fortune. His dad, who is also a criminal, has been missing for quite some time as well. This sci-fi, fantasy tale was first published in 2001, and it was a hit amongst middle grade and young adult readers. It is astounding that it took this long to get the movie, but we can’t wait for this one to come out August 9th!


2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


Where'd you go Bernadette book cover

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Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett are set to star in this adaptation when it hits the big screen on August 9th! The story is that of an anxiety-plagued mother, who hates everyone and everything until one day she caves from the pressure and suddenly packs up and leaves. Everyone, including her fifteen-year-old daughter, are left trying to figure out where she went and why she left. The book was originally published in 2013, and it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Humor.


3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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When this book came out in 2013, it was impossible to not see someone reading it on the train or overhear someone else talking about it. The book was an instant success, taking home the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Ansel Elgort and Luke Wilson are both set to star in the feature film this coming October. The story takes place over a decade, focusing on the coming of age of a young man whose mother dies from a terrorist attack in an art museum. This paves the way to a series of unfortunate events in his life, including moving in with his alcoholic father and stealing prized artwork. What I’m saying is if you haven’t read this one yet, make sure you get to it before this hits the big screen! It is a doozy.



4. The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell


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This is the closest we will get, for now anyway, to a female James Bond! After her entire family dies in a plane crash, a woman discovers that this was no accident, but a premeditated terrorist attack. She decides to leave her life of prostitution behind and become part of the Intelligence Agency. She becomes the assassin she needs to be in order to avenge her family’s death and take out every last person involved with the attack. Blake Lively is to star alongside Jude Law in this juicy thriller, set to hit the big screen November 22nd!


5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


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You may be in the camp that says we don’t need another Little Women adaptation, but what if I told you Emma Watson was set to star alongside Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep? The star-studded cast is sure to make for a great film on its own. Add in the truly beautiful story Alcott penned in 1868 and it becomes irresistible. Taking place during the Civil War, it tells the story of four sisters, Mary, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they make their way through childhood and into the next stages of their lives, dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is one of the most heartwarming tales, and I can’t wait to see what these beautiful women do with the story!


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