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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
Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

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

Clifford, the Big Red Dog
Bridwell, Norman

The children’s classic finally makes its way to the big screen! Emily’s loveable little red puppy Clifford is growing and growing and growing! Soon, Clifford is as big as a house with a heart to match! Follow along with Emily and Clifford as they play, learn and discover the true meaning of friendship in Norman Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog series. The live action film will be released simultaneously in theaters and streaming on Paramount+ on November 10, 2021.

The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed
Forden, Sara Gay

In 1995, Maurizio Gucci, heir to the Gucci fashion dynasty, was gunned down on the front steps of his office. Two years later his ex-wife Patrizia was arrested for his murder. But did she do it? Sara Gay Forden delves into the dramatic history of the Gucci family, their business and the murder that scandalized a country in her nonfiction account The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder Madness, Glamour and Greed. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, the cinematic adaptation will be released in theaters on November 24, 2021.

A Boy Called Christmas
Haig, Matt

On his journey to the North Pole to find his father, 11 year old Nikolas uncovers a wounded reindeer, a village of hostile elves, a Truth Pixie and the true meaning of Christmas. Matt Haig’s delightful A Boy Called Christmas is a warmhearted instant classic sure to charm even the biggest Scrooge among us. The live action film adaptation starring Dame Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig and Jim Broadbent will be released on Netflix on November 24, 2021.

Larsen, Nella

Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry were childhood friends who lost touch after Clare’s father passed. Reunited years later, the women find themselves living very different lives. The wife of a prominent African American doctor, Irene lives a comfortable life among the Harlem elite. Light-skinned Clare, on the other hand, has left behind her African American heritage, hiding her race from everyone, including her racist husband. But as the women begin to spend more time together, Clare becomes enamored with the community she left behind, risking both women’s comfort and safety. Nella Larsen’s Passing received both critical and popular acclaim upon its publication in 1929. Starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga, the film adaptation will be released on Netflix on November 10, 2021.

Men Without Women: Stories
Murakami, Haruki

After his wife’s death from cancer, a man struggles to come to terms with her loss and the affairs she had while alive. Based on the short story “Drive My Car,” collected within Murakami’s work Men Without Women, the film Drive My Car won three awards in the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. It will be released in theaters on November 24, 2021.

Mothering Sunday: A Romance
Swift, Graham

Jane Fairchild, a young maid in 1924 England, has been having an affair with a man above her status for several years. Now Paul is due to be married and they must part for good. More than their relationship will change on that fateful summer day when they meet one final time. Mothering Sunday, Graham Swift’s Hawthorn Prize-winning novel, is a deeply moving tale of love, loss and self-discovery. The film adaptation, starring Olivia Coleman, Colin Firth and Odessa Young, will be released in limited theaters on November 19, 2021.