As one would expect, there are a lot of pretentious essays (I’m not opposed to that, don’t get me wrong) on the importance of literature in the films of Wes Anderson. This is not that, so if that’s what you’re here for, go read those. They’re on google.
What I love about these books and really all the props in Anderson’s films are the care and detail that go into them, even though they are often barely seen or only flash on screen for a second. The six books in Moonrise Kingdom are magical, the extant paragraphs are better written than most books, and I want to read every one of them.
Anyway, while we’re anxiously awaiting The French Dispatch, these are my favorite books from Wes Anderson films:
10: Dudley’s World (The Royal Tenenbaums)
That cab has a dent in it.
9: The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Three Plays by Margot Tenenbaum (The Royal Tenenbaums)
I couldn’t even begin to think about knowing how to answer that question.
7. Disappearance of the 6th Grade (Moonrise Kingdom)
The flashlight’s beam drew a moon through the black across the attic and settled on a gap in the baseboard. A mouse-hole, no bigger than a pocket-watch. Eric crouched on his flat feet and placed his hand in front of the tiny opening. “It’s windy,” he said. “Like someone in there’s blowing on my fingers.”
Christy rolled her eyes and sighed a sigh. “He’s right again,” she thought. “Little brothers drive people crazy.”
6. The Light of Seven Matchsticks (Moonrise Kingdom)
“But I’m not going,” said Barnaby Jack. “I’m running away tonight for good. And this time, I won’t get caught.”
Annabel whispered, “I’m coming with you.” Her yellow hair, now brown at the roots, caught up in the wind and danced.
Barnaby Jack took Annabel’s hand and pressed something into it the size of a jellybean. “Hide this in your socks and be ready at midnight.”
5. Shelly and the Secret Universe (Moonrise Kingdom)
If there’s one thing competition-level gymnasts know how to do, even if they’re only eleven-and-a-half years old and they’ve been publicly betrayed by their entire extended families and they’ve been grounded since February and now they’re going to be forced to get braces for an overbite that isn’t their fault, it’s jump. Shelly did. Our story begins as her toes leave the ground.
4. The Girl from Jupiter (Moonrise Kingdom)
“Why are you crying,” said the Hyrdragoblin. “Don’t you know? Death is a process. In time, you must learn to choose to accept in order to accept to choose to learn.”
Marney was sick of this gibberish. “Just get me off this planet once and for all”, she said coldly, “While I’ve still got a few friends alive.”
The Hyrdragoblin stroked his brow with the end of a ropy tendril. “This girl,” he thought, “Might just do.”
3. The Francine Odysseys (Moonrise Kingdom)
His eyes downcast, his kingdom in ruins, Minar pressed his heavy paw through the rippling surface of the cool shallows and down to its stone floor. “My people once were led by a great and noble beast, and I no longer see his face in this reflection.”
Meanwhile, on the plains of Tabitha, Francine rested. There would be another time for war.
2: Old Custer (The Royal Tenenbaums)
The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sagethicket. “Vamanos, amigos,” he whispered, and threw the busted leather flintscraw over the loose weave of the saddlecock. And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight.
1: The Return of Auntie Lorraine (Moonrise Kingdom)
“I don’t believe in magic. I used to, but once I started taking Introduction to Life Science with Mr. Massey, I realized the logical explanation for practically every mystery in the world is even more interesting than a supernatural one.”
Auntie Lorraine wouldn’t agree. Of course, that’s no surprise, because she’s a professional witch-hunter.
Did I miss your favorite, tell me in the comments.