Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films and their adapted 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 January


A Man Called Ove: A Novel
Backman, Fredrik

The local grump must contend with new extroverted neighbours whose exuberance threatens to bring him out of his shell and reintroduce him to the world and all its wonders. Fredrick Backman's A Man Called Ove was hailed as an instant classic upon its publication.


The local grump must contend with new extroverted neighbors whose exuberance threatens to bring him out of his shell and reintroduce him to the world and all its wonders. Fredrick Backman's A Man Called Ove was hailed as an instant classic upon its publication. The American adaptation titled A Man Called Otto, starring Tom Hanks, will be released in theaters on January 13, 2023.


Women Talking
Toews, Miriam

In a remote Mennonite community, eight women gather in a hay loft to hold a secret meeting. Over the past two years, they and over one hundred others have been terrorized by middle of the night assaults. At first, believing demons were punishing them for their sins, the women have come to realize that the men in their town have been repeatedly drugging and raping them. Now, torn between the terror of the unknown and the horror of their current life, the women must decide what to do. Based on real-life events, Miriam Toews’ Women Talking is a powerful and thoughtful take on a dark subject. Starring Rooney Mara, Frances McDormand, and Claire Foy, the film adaptation will be released in theaters on January 20, 2023.


The Lying Life of Adults
Ferrante, Elena

After meeting her aunt, the brash and bold black sheep of the family, twelve-year-old Giovanna’s world changes forever. Elena Ferrante’s coming-of-age story, The Lying Life of Adults, is an insightful tale of the turbulence of adolescence. The Italian adaptation will stream on Netflix beginning January 4, 2023.


The Pale Blue Eye
Bayard, Louis

When a young West Point Academy cadet is found murdered, retired detective Augustus Landor is sent in to investigate. While there, he meets and befriends another student with a past of his own, a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe. Louis Bayard’s 1830’s murder mystery, The Pale Blue Eye is a thrilling tale of murder and revenge. The film adaptation starring Christian Bale and Gillian Anderson, will begin streaming on Netflix on January 6, 2023.


 

 

 

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