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Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films adapted from books

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie, or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The library is here to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit screens big and small and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming This December

Book cover for Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lawrence, D. H.

D.H. Lawrence’s infamous novel receives another adaptation, this time streaming on Netflix. The story of a sexually frustrated upper-class woman and her scandalous affair with her gamekeeper, Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, was notoriously banned for obscenity in multiple countries and was not openly published in the United States until over 30 years after its first publication. Starring Emma Corrin, you can watch this newest adaptation starting December 2, 2022.

Book cover for The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
Black, Benjamin

Summer in San Francisco and business is slow. That is until a new client strolls into Philip Marlowe’s office, seeking an old lover who has disappeared. Young, beautiful, and blonde, Marlowe can’t say no to her, though by the end of this case, he may have wished he had. In The Black Eyed Blonde John Banville (writing as Benjamin Black) brings us a new Philip Marlowe novel that does honor to Chandler’s classic series while breathing new life into a much-beloved genre. Titled Marlowe, the cinematic adaptation of Banville’s novel will star Liam Neeson as the titular detective and will be released in theaters on December 2, 2022.

Book cover for Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies
Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies
Ausiello, Michael

In his heartbreaking memoir, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, TV columnist Michael Ausiello remembers his late husband and the life they shared before his untimely loss to cancer. Starring Jim Parsons and Sally Field, the film adaptation of this beautiful work will stream on Netflix beginning December 9, 2022.

Book cover for White Noise
White Noise
DeLillo, Don

White Noise by Don Delillo details a year in the life of professor Jack Gladney, a man obsessed with and terrified of death. Through toxic spills, experimental drugs, infidelity, and attempted homicide, Delillo’s National Book Award-winning novel satirizes and critiques American culture. The film adaptation starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, will stream on Netflix beginning December 30, 2022.