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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 November

Book cover of The ballad of songbirds and snakes
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Collins, Suzanne

64 years before we first met Katniss Everdeen, another young person struggled in Panem. 18-year-old Corialanus Snow is his family’s last hope to claw their way back to glory. Chosen to mentor a contestant in the Hunger Games, Snow must use all his cunning to outwit his competitors. As the games progress, however, Snow must choose between his growing feelings for his young ward and his aspirations. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is Suzanne Collins’ prequel to her bestselling series The Hunger Games. Starring Rachel Zeigler and Tom Blyth, the film adaptation will hit theaters on November 17, 2023.

Book cover for All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
Doerr, Anthony

When the Nazis occupied Paris, blind Marie-Laure and her father fled to the walled city of Saint-Malo, taking with them a valuable prize. Meanwhile, in a small German town, Werner Pfennig, a boy with a talent for fixing radios, is recruited into an academy for Hitler’s Youth and eventually shipped off to France to fight. When their paths collide, Warner will make a decision that will alter the course of both their lives forever. Starring Aria Mia Loberti and Louis Hoffman, the Netflix series based on Anthony Doerr’s New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, will premiere on November 2, 2023.

Book cover of Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Kendi, Ibram X

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is Ibram X. Kendi’s deeply researched account of racism and racist ideas in America. This National Book Award-winning book uses the stories of five famous Americans to follow the course of racism throughout America’s history. The documentary based on Kendi’s bestselling book will premiere in theaters on November 10 and on Netflix November 20, 2023.

Book cover of Scott Pilgrim.    1, Precious little life
Scott Pilgrim 1: Precious Little Life
O'Malley, Bryan Lee

Scott Pilgrim is back! Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim, in which the titular character must fight his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes, this new animated series will feature the voice talents of the original feature film cast. You can watch it on Netflix under the title Scott Pilgrim Takes Off starting November 17, 2023.