Need something to read? Your favourite film characters can help

Book sales have boomed during lockdown, but with so many titles to choose from, how do you know what to go for? Luckily, films have plenty of fictional bookworms who are ready with the reading recs...
Character: Kathleen Kelly [Meg Ryan]
Film: You’ve Got Mail

When you’re the owner of a bookshop you obviously read hundreds of books. Or, if you’re Kathleen Kelly from The Shop Around The Corner, you read one book hundreds of times.
Character: Kat Stratford [Julia Stiles]
Film: 10 Things I Hate About You

It might be a modern day (okay, ‘90s) remake of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew, but in this movie Kat Stratford prefers her literature a little more moody. For full effect be sure to frown while reading.
Character: The Grandfather [Peter Falk]
Film: The Princess Bride

Pro tip for reading William Goldman’s The Princess Bride: Get a grandfather to read it aloud to you and it *might* come magically to life just like it does in the film. We’re making no promises.
Character: Pat [Bradley Cooper]
Film: Silver Linings Playbook

Warning: if you’re looking for a book with a happy ending, Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell To Arms might not be for you. Pat (Bradley Cooper) found this out a little too late…
(“The world’s hard enough as it is, guys!” Fair point, Pat).
Character: Laura Brown [Julianne Moore]
Film: The Hours

While Nicole Kidman was busy playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours (complete with prosthetic nose), Julianne Moore was busy reading Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
Character: Mr Anderson [Paul Rudd]
Film: The Perks of Being A Wallflower

If we’d had Paul Rudd teaching us English Lit and lending us his dog-eared paperbacks we’d definitely have ended up literary geniuses.
Character: Jennifer [Reese Witherspoon]
Film: Pleasantville

These days, Reese Witherspoon has her own IRL book club, but her character in 1998’s Pleasantville had only read one book….the once-banned Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Seems she’s a fan though...
Character: Carol [Mary Steen??bur??gen]
Film: The Book Club

Well 125 million people — including Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen’s book club (can we please join?) — can’t be wrong.
Character: Dwayne [Paul Dano]
Film: Little Miss Sunshine

When a book is so good it leaves you speechless….at least it did for Dwayne.
Character: Matilda [Mara Wilson]
Film: Matilda

We can’t promise reading Herman Melville’s classic doorstop Moby Dick will turn you telekinetic like Roald Dahl’s Matilda, but at approx 700 pages it will definitely keep you busy.