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What is Real Readers?
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Every spring and fall we select book and movie tie-ins, make the books available for check-out, and show the movies for free at the library. After the movie, audience members are invited to participate in a discussion.

The Pursuit of Happyness, 2008
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The Pursuit of Happyness
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Some discussion questions posed to the audience:

1). What did you like best about the movie? What did you like least?

2). How did the movie and the book compare?

3). What was the theme of this film? What was the director (an immigrant from Italy) trying to tell us? Was he successful?

4). What cultural elements appeared in the book? Do you think these were accurately portrayed in the movie?

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The Other Boleyn Girl, 2008
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The Other Boleyn Girl
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Advertisements for The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philipa Gregory. Some of the discussion questions posed to the audience were:

1). Both the book and the movie have been criticized for their historical inaccuracies. Do you think a lack of historical evidence detracts from the story?

2). The book is told from Mary’s point-of-view. How do you think this changes the story? How might the story be different from Anne’s point of view?

3). Has reading the book and/or watching the movie changed your opinions of Anne or Mary as historical figures?

The Bourne Identity, 2009
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The Bourne Identity
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Some discussion questions posed to the audience:

1). Do you think Matt Damon is suitable to play Jason Bourne? Russell Crowe and Sylvester Stallone were also considered for the part. What does Damon bring to the Bourne character that Stallone and Crowe might not?

2). Doug Liman, the director and screenwriter of the 2002 film, had a father who worked for the National Security Administration (NSA). How do you think this influenced Liman’s screen adaptation of the novel?

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Chocolat, 2009
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Chocolat
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Promotional materials for the showing of Chocolat, written by Joanne Harris. At the event, I handed out free chocolate. Some of the discussion questions were:

1). In the book, Roux is a gypsy from Mersailles, France. In the movie, he is portrayed as a wandering Irishman. Do you think Roux's character should have remained French in the movie?

2). Joanne Harris is the granddaughter of a Frenchwoman known locally as a witch and a healer. Does the possibility of Vianne being a witch add or subtract from the story?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2010


The Hitchhiker’s Guide
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Out of all the Reel Readers events I’ve hosted, I had the most fun with this one. I found a mug that advertised a "Vogon poetry club" membership as part of the prize drawing. Also included was a “Don’t Panic” towel I silk-screened at home. I was happy to see that the event attendance included more men; they had been a hard sell for Chocolat and The Other Boleyn Girl. The discussion was more lively than most; we had a few long-time Douglas Adams fans who referenced the original radio show and television specials hosted by the BBC.

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Gifts and Prizes
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Above:
Display that offered the books for check-out. Feel free to click on the pictures to get a closer look!

Right:
Vogon mug and “Don’t Panic” towel in the display case.