The New Yorker Literary Guide to New Movies

If you haven’t read the book yet, maybe you’ll want to see the movie – first or instead.

Selection of actors for the characters can be disappointing, especially if your vision of the lead is different.   One reviewer commented that she only read the Harry Potter books after she saw the movies, so that Ron Weasley and Rupert Grind were the same to her.  None of the book covers depicted Ron, but he does match J.K. Rowling’s description:

“…all the Weasleys have red hair, freckles and more children than they can afford…”

If I see the movie first, I usually skip reading the book – how about you?

The New Yorker has a heads-up for books-to-movies for the summer:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (it’s been so long since the book release)
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (a good novel destination book)
  • Sarah’s Key – see my review of the book here
  • The Help – reviewed here
  • One Day  (I started this book, but could not get beyond the first 50 pages; with Anne Hathaway in the movie, the story has promise.)
For the New Yorker article: go to The Book Bench