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September marks the beginning of the lovely Fall season, which brings with it simple witches, delicious pumpkin spice lattes, changing foliage, Halloween décor, and soup. I adore it a lot.
Additionally, new television series and films are starting to compete for the title of the year’s “It Show/Film.” Let’s face it: nobody really remembers what comes out in the spring, and summer is for superhero films (which, thankfully, can once again be watched in an air-conditioned theater if you’re inclined; it’s HOT outside!). The actual wonderful stuff starts to show up in the fall, but where does The Good Stuff often get its ideas?
You guessed right. Books.
That’s not to suggest that screenwriters don’t make a living; they very certainly do, and their pay is appallingly low compared to their worth. The benefit of translating a book for the screen, big or little, is that the finished product already has a built-in market that drives media sales as well as book sales.
Speaking of both, I’ve included below 24 novels that have been made into movies. The end of the summer is “post-production season,” so some don’t yet have a firm release date, but it’s safe to say you’ll have plenty of series and movies to watch, as well as books to read, come autumn and winter.
BY R. J. PALACIO
Wonder is a little novel by Palacio, whose name you may be familiar with. With the tale of Grandmeré Sara’s survival of World War II, White Bird: A Story of Wonder (video link) transports us back to that era. I’m quite happy that the text version is a graphic book.
Release in theaters – October 12, 2022
BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN
The new Amazon Prime series The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power was inspired by the story collection Unfinished Tales. This will suffice for a lot of you, and that’s fantastic! This program will serve as evidence for the rest of us that walking has always been very common in Middle Earth.
Release on Amazon Prime – September 1, 2022
BY JODI KANTOR AND MEGAN TWOEHY
This is the background to the shocking New York Times report by Kantor and Twoehy from 2017. It led to Harvey Weinstein’s detention and made Tarana Burke’s #MeToo campaign widely known.
Release in theaters – October 18, 2022
THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL
BY SOMANI CHAINANI
Friends, get ready for some real Wicked vibes. Sophie and Agatha must discover out way to get transferred after being placed on the incorrect sides of The School for Good and Evil. Adult actors Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, and Laurence Fishburne are all part of the cast. I’ll be revisiting the entire series—all six books—soon to get ready.
Release on Netflix – October 21, 2022
DAISY JONES AND THE SIX
BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID
Yes, the 1970s are back, baby! A never-ending stream of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll fuels the titular band’s ascent to fame in Daisy Jones and the Six. Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, a little-known performer from the 1960s, is the show’s lead.
Release to Amazon Prime – Late 2022
BY JOYCE CAROL OATES
Blonde, which Joyce Carol Oates published in 1999, put her on the Pulitzer Prize nominee list. Despite being a work of fiction, Oates’s portrayal of Marilyn Monroe has been ingrained in popular culture over the past 23 years. This will be the second film adaptation of the novel; the first was a TV miniseries that aired in 2001.
Release on Netflix – September 28, 2022
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON
BY DAVID GRANN
The Osage people were the richest people in the world per capita in the 1920s. Then, people started passing away suddenly. The newly established FBI didn’t intervene until there were 24 bodies, at which point they dispatched an agent to collaborate with the first Indigenous American agent in order to unearth the horrific plot that was responsible for the slaughter. Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are the stars, which should come as no surprise given that Scorsese is the director.
Release in theaters – Early 2023
BY KOTARO ISAKA
The five assassins in Isaka’s satirical thriller discover that their missions may be related as they travel by bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka.
With stars like Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock, and Brad Pitt, to mention a few, this one received the big-screen treatment. You’re in luck because the book and movie are both now available, so catch up quickly!
Release in theaters – August 5, 2022
BY RICHELLE MEAD
The boarding school St. Vladimir’s Academy is for vampires and the half-human guardians who look after them. Following their capture while trying to flee, Lissa and Rose were returned to the one location that could be even more perilous than the outside world. Lissa has to join the terrible Strigoi, and they now know where to find her. It’s definitely time to read this series again because I devoured it when it was released. Please give it new life. Not at all sorry.
Release to Peacock – September 15, 2022
In my opinion, there is enough entertainment in the form of books, films, and television series to keep us occupied throughout the whole fall and winter. Before you settle down with whichever one you choose to start with, don’t forget to grab your pumpkin spice latte!
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