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 October

Book cover of The Canterville ghost
The Canterville Ghost
Wilde, Oscar

Oscar Wilde’s classic tale The Canterville Ghost, pits the Otis family, Americans recently relocated to England, against the ghost of Sir Simon, an English nobleman accused of murdering his wife. The more Sir Simon tries to haunt and scare the family, the more they stand their ground. Desperate and defeated, Sir Simon turns to Virginia, the daughter of the family, for help. The latest animated adaptation, featuring the vocal talents of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, will premiere in theaters on October 31, 2023.

Book cover for You know you want this : cat person and other stories
You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories
Roupenian, Kristen

When Margot strikes up a text conversation with Robert, sparks fly. But when they finally go on a date in person, she realizes that the person she is texting is far from the person standing in front of her. Kristen Rounian’s short story Cat Person went viral for so accurately chronicling the pitfalls of dating in the twenty-first century. The film adaptation will be released in theaters on October 6, 2023.

Book cover for The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Blatty, William Peter

In Peter Blatty’s terrifying cult classic, The Exorcist a young girl becomes possessed by a malevolent spirit and two Jesuit priests engage it in a spiritual and physical battle for her very soul. The 2023 film The Exorcist: Believer, starring Ellen Burstyn and Leslie Odom Jr., is a direct sequel to Blatty’s 1973 classic and will premiere on October 13, 2023.

Book cover of Killers of the flower moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Grann, David

When oil was discovered on Osage land in the 1920s, they became some of the richest people in the United States. But their good fortune would not last. Soon, members of the Osage Nation began dying under mysterious circumstances, and the newly created FBI decided to take on the case. Killers of the Flower Moon is David Grann’s best-selling nonfiction account of the horrifying conspiracy to rob the Osage people of their wealth and their lives. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, the film adaptation will be released on Apple TV+ on October 6, 2023.

Book cover of The Marsh King's daughter
The Marsh King's Daughter
Dionne, Karen

Helena Pelletier’s father has murdered two guards, escaped prison, and disappeared. And she is the only one who can catch him. Raised in captivity with her mother, Helena spent her childhood learning how to survive off the grid in Michigan’s marshlands at her father’s side. She knows his tricks, his traps, and the extreme lengths he’ll take to stay free. Starring Daisy Ridley and Ben Mendelsohn, the film adaptation of Karen Dionne’s thrilling The Marsh King’s Daughter will be released in theaters on October 6, 2023.