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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

A summer reading list — for the movies

Now that I can finally remove “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” from my desk (yes, I re-read it, just for the movie — and just so I could remind myself that there’s way too much camping in that book), it’s time to think about the year’s upcoming books-turned-movies. If you’re the type who likes to be sure to read the book first (I generally do), here’s what’s on the way in the next few months:
— “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” based on the novel by Lisa See (opening in Seattle July 22)
— “Sarah’s Key,” based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay (July 29)
— “The Help,” based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett (August 10)
— “The Tree,” based on the novel “Our Father Who Art in the Tree” by Judy Pascoe (August 12) I had never heard of this novel, but after seeing the lovely, poetic movie, which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, I definitely would like to read it.
— “One Day,” based on the novel by David Nicholls (August 19). I loved this book, which I read last summer and which is one of those fast summer reads that nonetheless stays with you. Hope they do right by the movie; it’s being directed by Lone Scherfig (“An Education”), which is reason for hope.
— “The Hedgehog,” based on the novel “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery (Sept. 2). Loved this book when I read it a few years ago; loved the movie when I saw it at SIFF last year; glad it’s finally coming here for a regular run.
— “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” based on the novel by Alison Pearson (Sept. 16). When I read this novel, I almost felt like I was reading a screenplay. Why’d the movie take so long?
More of these coming later, as we lead up to the year’s biggest post-Potter book-turned-movie, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” coming in December. Read anything lately that might make a good movie? I’d like to see some Irish filmmaker take hold of the Benjamin Black mystery novels, myself.

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