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Friday, April 5, 2013

Roger Ebert: Books with Characters who Love movies

Roger Ebert passed away yesterday. In honor of his amazing career, today's list is full of characters who, like him, love watching movies.

    

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When aspiring movie critic Anna gets sent to boarding school in Paris, there are a few highlights-- the many movie theaters, the bakeries, and Etienne.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. Min is an old-movie buff alterna-girl. Ed is the co-captain of the basketball team. Their relationship was brief, but Min spells it out in every detail in the letter she writes when she returns a box of mementos.

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger. Told in three voices-- TC, his best friend Augie, and the new girl, Ale, they tell the story of their freshman year, as they and their family find love and acceptance and go on an over-the-top quest to also find Mary Poppins.

    

Fade Out by Nova Ren Suma. The summer after her parents split up, Dani spends all of her time at the arthouse movie theater, immersing herself in film noir. But when she sees the projectionist (who is also her friend's boyfriend) with another woman, and goes to investigate, she seems to think she is in her own noir film.

Stoner & Spaz by Rob Koertge. Ben's only release is watching movies and the Rialto Theater, until the day that strung out Colleen comes in and sits next to him, starting a very unlikely relationship. Be sure to also check out the sequel, Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II.

From What I Remember... by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. Valedictorian Kyle wakes up with a hangover, a wedding band, and the hottest boy in school in bed next to her. Graduation is in 6 hours, and for some reason they're in Mexico. While the plot draws more from adult movies like The Hangover, but the characters talk in movie quotations and the books has the same madcap feel.

    

OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn. The bums lost! My condolences!. Danielle has OCD and is sent to social skills class where she meets Daniel, who's obsessed with The Big Lebowski. Danielle learns to open up and make friends, and to learn to be careful because there's a beverage here. There is friendship, but no romance. **** it Dude, let's go bowling.

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle. In this homage and spoof of every teen movie ever, Dennis (debate team captain) announces that he loves Beth Cooper (hot cheerleader.) Of course, he does this in the middle of his valedictorian graduation speech, and Beth doesn't know who he is and already has a boyfriend. In the Army. Home on leave. Following the madcap antics of the ensuing crazy night, it's a graduation that most aren't soon to forget.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by by Jesse Andrews. Greg isn't pleased when his mom makes him hang out with Rachel, a girl with leukemia. He and Earl just like to hang out and make movies. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, they have one last movie to make.

What are your favorite books with characters who love to watch movies?

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