If you’ve ever played Slate’s Wes Anderson Bingo as a drinking game (I can personally tell you this is not recommended), you’re painfully aware that the beloved director has a distinct style. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is focused on recommending Books for Readers Who Like ___, I’ve put together a list of titles for fans of the quirky world of Wes Anderson.
This is actually a little outside the box for Wes Anderson, as it centers on folklore and myths, but it’s something I could see him moving toward in the future. And Greenberg’s shifting color palette would make Anderson weak in the knees.
Riddle James Camperdown sounds like a character straight out of a Wes Anderson movie and her 1972 Cape Cod home echoes the style of Moonrise Kingdom to a t.
Precocious child alert! Childish adults! Rainy Royal’s odd, unpredictable life with her artist father is like a Wes Anderson movie waiting to happen. And that cover has the color palette all laid out.
The strange mood at the center of Makkai’s novel fits perfectly with Anderson’s style, as does the budding artist colony and layered mystery.
Florence Gordon easily fits in as one of the powerful, older women in Wes Anderson’s films and the New York setting is one we know the director can handle.
Anderson seems to be attracted to dysfunctional families and relationships with tons of quirk, so Lydia Netzer’s newest novel definitely fits the bill.
The roadtrip at the center of Butterflies in November screams Wes Anderson, particularly in its awkward dialogue and odd pairings.
This one hits the bingo mother lode! Children’s theater, sibling rivalry, personal letters and precocious children, all wrapped up in a massive hotel perfectly fit to Anderson’s style.
Bernadette is probably a little too overzealous to exist in the Wes Anderson universe, but I can’t but wish he would take the colors of that cover and convert them into a fabulous movie.
This is the one book on the list I haven’t read, but its constant comparisons to Wes Anderson’s films made me feel like I couldn’t leave it off. For those of you who have read it, is it deserving?