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

Dear Zoe
Beard, Philip

On 9/11/2001, while the world was mourning the September 11 attacks, 15-year-old Tess DeNunzio was caught up in her own much more personal tragedy. For on that day, her three-year-old half-sister Zoe died in a hit-and-run accident. Through letters and diary entries, Tess works through her grief and guilt and the repercussions of that terrible day. Starring Sadie Sink, the film adaptation will be released in theaters on November 4th, 2022.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
Kantor, Jodi

In October 2017, the New York Times and the New Yorker released investigative reports into the multiple sexual assaults, abuse, and rape allegations against famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. These reports turned the entertainment industry on its head and shook the world. Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey would later win Pulitzer Prizes for their work. She Said is their nonfiction account of that investigation and its fallout. Starring Samantha Morton and Carey Mulligan, the film adaptation will be released on November 18, 2022.

Bones & All
DeAngelis, Camille

Ever since she was young, Maren has had a problem. As an Eater, she cannot help herself from eating those who show her affection. After years of constantly moving after these incidents, she is kicked out by her mother at 16 and decides to travel across the country to find her father, who left when she was young. But she finds so much more than her missing parent. Love, loss, and cannibalism abound in Bones and All, Camille DeAngelis’ unique coming-of-age horror story. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russel, and Chloë Sevigny, the film adaptation will be released in theaters on November 23, 2022.

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
Makos, Adam

Devotion by Adam Makos is the nonfiction story of the famous US Navy aviation duo Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown. Just before the Korean war, Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner joined the Navy’s Fighter Squadron 32. In doing so, Jesse became the Navy’s first African-American carrier pilot. While much of their country struggled with segregation, Tom and Jesse became an unstoppable team. But the outbreak of war tested their skills and their bond. Devotion by Adam Makos is a tale of great friendship and even greater heroism. Starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell, the film adaptation will hit theaters on November 23, 2022.

Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Dante’s Inferno is the first part of his epic poem The Divine Comedy. It follows the journey of Dante himself through Hell with his guide, the ancient Roman poet Virgil, as he passes through the nine levels of Hell. This newest adaptation, of which there have been many, is a hybrid film and documentary featuring over 30 well-known actors and scholars detailing the history and importance of this enduring classic and will be released on November 23, 2022.