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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 August

Book cover of Dracula
Stoker, Bram

"The Captain’s Log," a chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula, recounts the terrifying voyage of the Demeter, a ship unknowingly transporting Dracula to England. As crew members disappear one by one, the captain and the remaining crew slowly go mad with fear. The film adaptation of this chapter will be released under the title The Last Voyage of the Demeter and will premiere in theaters on August 11, 2023.

Book cover for Red, White & Royal Blue
Red, White & Royal Blue
McQuiston, Casey

In her debut novel, Casey McQuiston takes an outrageous idea, what if a romance developed between the First Son of the United States and one of Great Britain’s Royal Princes, and runs with it full tilt! There is a lot to admire here: the nicely drawn and relatable characters; the inclusive and diverse cast; the exploration of how invasive and influential the press, specifically tabloid "journalism,” can be on the US political process (especially when what is being reported is more spectacle than news). But the true bottom line for Red, White & Royal Blue is that it is fun! It is a page-turning read because McQuiston has hit everything at the perfect pitch.

Red, White & Royal Blue is a fairy tale, with two princes, and a very happy ending. While it was the perfect summer/beach read this year, it is also an enjoyable read for any time of the year!

When the son of the President of the United States has a very public fight with Prince Henry of the United Kingdom, the two must put on a show of friendship to save U.S./British relations. But they soon find this faux friendship is turning into a very real relationship that may have global consequences. Casey McQuiston’s New York Times best seller Red White & Royal Blue is a friend to lovers story for the ages. The film adaptation will premiere on Amazon Prime on August 11, 2023.

Book cover of Landscape with invisible hand
Landscape With Invisible Hand
Anderson, M. T.

When the alien vuvv first landed on Earth, it seemed too good to be true. Between their advanced technology and life-saving medicine, life on Earth just got a lot easier. For the rich. With his whole family now unemployed due to automation, artist Adam must find a way to monetize his life without compromising his ideals. The cinematic adaptation of M.T. Anderson’s dark comedy Landscape With Invisible Hand will hit the big screens on August 18, 2023.