Books to Read Before You See the Movie This Summer

Because all those juicy descriptions, extravagant costumes and secret thoughts of the leading lady (or man) just won't fit into a 90-minute film.
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

304 pages; Simon & Schuster
The classic comedy, which involves multiple disguises, witty barbs and a truly agonizing wait for Beatrice and Benedick to fall for each other, is coming to life as a contemporary indie film by Joss Whedon, the genius behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then again, the book features the musings of a pretty talented guy named William Shakespeare, who knew how to toss off one-liners about love and the human condition, such as, "Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me." A bit of wisdom that, in the print version, is worth folding down the page for.
— Leigh Newman

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