Jan 11th, 2021

Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie in 2021

-blog post by Sheri Teleha, Serials & Cataloging Librarian

Among its many other shortcomings, 2020 saw a lapse in movie releases, with theaters across the country closed for months due to the COVID-19 crisis. Movies in production were put on hold to protect the cast.

One thing people had plenty of time to do in lockdown, however, was catch up on their reading–and great books are often the inspiration for award-winning movies and television shows. The coming year appears to be no exception, with everything from a beloved children’s classic to a sci-fi thriller coming to life on the big screen.

The following list includes eight books becoming movies in 2021. We have copies of the books in our various collections (and we encourage reading!) so here they are in expected movie release order.

Click the book cover to check availability.


Passing by Nella Larson from The Complete Fiction of Nella Larson

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“Follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.”—IMDB.

Smith Library 3rd floor: 813.52 L32co 1992

Movie release: January 30

Starring: Tessa Thompson, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp


Cherry by Nico Walker


“An Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.”—IMDB.

Smith Library 2nd floor New Realistic Fiction: 813.62 W1511ch 2018

Movie release: February 26

Starring: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Kelli Berglund


Without Remorse by Tom Clancy


“John Kelly befriends a young woman with a checkered past. When her past reaches out to her in a horrifying way, he vows revenge. But the Pentagon also has plans for John Kelly.”—description from Worldcat.org

Smith Library 3rd floor: 813.54 C52wi 1993

Movie release on February 26

Starring: Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Colman Domingo


The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


“Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.”–Worldcat.org

Wanek Center Learning Commons YA Science Fiction: 813.62 N37kn 2008

Chaos Walking movie release on March 5

Starring: Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Daisy Ridley


Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter


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…or view the eBook version here.

Peter Rabbit 2: the Runaway movie release on April 2

“Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family.  Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.”–IMDB

Starring: James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki, Lennie James


Dune by Frank Herbert


“Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.”—Worldcat.org

Smith Library 2nd floor New Science Fiction: 813.54 H41du1 2019

Movie release: October 1

Starring: Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


“The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart by World War II.”–IMDB

Smith Library 3rd floor: 813.62 H19nig 2015

…or view the eBook version here.

Movie release: December 22

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire


“Tells the story of Elphaba before she became the Wicked Witch of the West in the land of Oz. The novel traces her career as nun, nurse, pro-democracy activist and animal rights defender.”—Worldcat.org

Smith Library 3rd floor Science Fiction and Fantasy: 813.54 M27wi 1995

Wanek Center Learning Commons YA Fantasy: 813.54 M27wi 2000

Movie release: December 22


We hope you are able to come and check out these and other books at the HPU Libraries, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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