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 May

Book cover for Text For You
Text For You
Cramer, Sofie

When Sophie’s fiance is killed in an accident right after a terrible argument, she is overcome with grief and guilt. With so much left unsaid, Sophie begins texting his old phone number to heal her broken heart. Unbeknownst to her, his number has been reassigned, and Sven, its new owner, is intrigued by these mysterious and earnest messages. Sofie Cramer’s Text for You is a heartwarming tale of regret, crossed communication, and new chances. Released as Love Again, the film adaptation starring Priyanka Chopra and Sam Heugan will hit theaters on May 5, 2023.

Book cover for Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō, Vol 1
Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō, Vol 1
Kurumada, Masami

Masami Kurumada’s best-selling manga series Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac follows five warriors as they earn their mystical armor and learn their responsibilities as protectors of Athena in her fight against the other Olympian gods. The live-action film adaptation, titled Knights of the Zodiac, will be released in theaters on May 12, 2023.

Book cover for Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
Andersen, H. C.

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, follows the story of a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea for a chance at love and an eternal soul. Andersen’s beloved Fairy Tales have been adapted to stage and screen multiple times though they are decidedly darker and more tragic in their original form. Disney’s newest live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid will be released on May 26, 2023.