Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of books and their movie adaptations

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 February

Book cover for The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Pratchett, Terry

A sentient cat, a group of talking rats, and a human boy have perfected a pied piper con that involves faking a rat infestation to swindle naive townsfolk out of their money. But their luck turns when they come across the small town of Bad Blintz. Terry Pratchett’s Carnegie Medal-winning children’s novel is the 28th installment of his beloved Discworld series. The animated film adaptation, featuring the voices of Hugh Laurie and Emilia Clarke, hits theaters on February 13, 2022.

Book cover for Butter
Lange, Erin Jade

A lonely overweight teenage boy nicknamed Butter decides to eat himself to death via livestream on the internet. When his fellow students hear of his plan, they morbidly cheer him on, eager to watch the display. Butter soon finds himself the center of attention and, macabre as it may be, his newfound fame lifts his spirits and makes him rethink his plan. The film adaptation will be released in select theaters on February 25, 2022.

Book cover for Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile
Christie, Agatha

While on a river cruise on the Nile, socialite Linnet Doyle approaches famed detective Hercule Poirot for help. Ever since marrying her former friend’s fiancé, Linnet has found herself stalked and harassed. Before Poirot can make headway in the case, Linnet is murdered and Poirot must use all his tricks to discover who among the passengers wanted her dead. The latest film adaptation stars Gal Godot, Armie Hammer and Kenneth Branagh in his second outing as the famed detective. It will be released in theaters on February 11, 2022.

Book cover for Marry Me: Vol. 1
Marry Me: Vol. 1
Crosby, Bobby

Burnt out and lovelorn superstar Tasia shocks the world when she accepts the apparent proposal of a fan holding a “MARRY ME” poster at one of her concerts. Only it turns out Guy isn’t a fan, but merely holding the sign for a friend. Can the high school guidance counselor and the international pop-star find love in this wacky romcom? The cinematic adaptation starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson will be released in theaters on February 11, 2022.