The novel, which gave many Americans their first detailed glimpse at life in Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion and eventual rise of the Taliban, became an instant hit with many book clubs, helping to keep the paperback version near the top of The New York Times paperback best-seller list for the past 129 weeks. And Hosseini's latest novel is currently the best-selling hardcover fiction book. So clearly, there is a large audience there for fans of Hosseini.
So will the book's millions of readers come out and see the film? Adaptations of blockbuster books have done pretty well in recent years, as the "Harry Potter" films and the movie based on "The Da Vinci Code" have all been big hits.
But one possible problem for "The Kite Runner" is that it has no major stars and will go up against "American Gangster" and the animated film "Bee Movie." Nonetheless, people should not underestimate the possibility that women who loved the book will turn out in droves for the film.