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

Book cover for Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac
Rostand, Edmond

Eloquent, swash-buckling Cyrano represses his love for the beautiful Roxane, fearing his distinct and prominent nose means no woman could ever love him. When the young, attractive but inarticulate Christian wishes to woo Roxane, Cyrano puts her happiness above his own and agrees to help. Edmond Rostand’s classic love story, Cyrano de Bergerac, has been adapted to film over a dozen times. The new musical adaptation replaces Cyrano’s insecurity about his nose with an insecurity about his height. Starring Peter Dinklage and based on the musical written by his wife, Erica Schmidt, it will begin a limited theatrical release on January 21st, 2022.

Book cover for Redeeming Love
Redeeming Love
Rivers, Francine

Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love is a retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set in 1850’s California. Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel has never had a reason to trust the men in her life. So when devout Michael Hosea feels called to marry Angel and save her from a life of sin, she doubts his intentions and runs away. Through patience and understanding, Michael works to convince Angel of his love and of the better life that he can provide. But will her past trauma and his familial prejudice stand in the way of their happily ever after? Starring Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis, the film adaptation will be released in theaters on January 21, 2022.

Book cover for The Moon and the Sun
The Moon and the Sun
McIntyre, Vonda N.

Marie-Josephe de la Croix is a lady-in-waiting for the court of King Louis XIV. One day, her brother brings to court a sea monster whose flesh is purported to have immortal properties. But when Marie-Josephe helps her brother to take care of the creature, she discovers it is not a beast but a woman. Marie-Josephe must do everything she can to convince the court that this sea woman is not a creature to be slaughtered but a being worthy of life. Vonda McIntyre's The Moon and the Sun is a thrilling blend of literary genres that won the Nebula Award in 1997. The cinematic adaptation will be released in theaters under the title The King’s Daughter on January 21, 2022.