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Here are three excellent books that have been adapted to film. The first two were released in 2022 and the third comes out in 2023.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: Kya Clark is six years old when her mother walks out of the shack they call home. The falling-down structure is hidden in the marshes of North Carolina, outside the fictional coastal town of Barkley Cove, a place where racial tension and small-town prejudices are firmly in place. The shack is the only place the Clark family knows, where her father’s abusive rages have terrified Kya, her mother and her siblings. Soon her older siblings run, leaving only Kya and her father, who provides her with nothing but fear. And then one day it’s just Kya, known in town and shunned as the wild Marsh Girl.

The story begins in 1952 and jumps to 1969, when a young man named Chase Andrews has died. In alternating chapters, readers learn Kya’s story of survival and how she becomes part of the investigation into Chase’s death.

The 2022 film, directed by Olivia Newman, stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson. Screenplay by Lucy Alibar. It’s currently in theaters is available on Prime Video.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque: This is the story of World War I trench warfare and of Paul Baumer, a nineteen-year-old German soldier who has enlisted in the army. He and his schoolmates joined up at the recommendation of their schoolmaster and in short time must face the reality of a ruthless war. The novel mostly takes place on the front, where Paul and his comrades are fired upon and shelled and do the same to their French enemies in what becomes one of the most famous stalemates in history. Paul narrates his experiences and the deep bonds he develops with the men in his platoon, including the already close friendships with his boyhood friends and Albert Kropp, their superior.

The 2022 Netflix film, directed by Edward Berger, stars Daniel Brühl, Albrecht Schuch and Sebastian Hülk. Screenplay by Ian Stokell.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann: a true-crime account of a shameful period of American history in which members of the Osage tribe were murdered for the headrights to oil-rich land on their reservation in Oklahoma. David Grann tells this shocking story, including the investigation of the murders led by J. Edgar Hoover’s newly-formed Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The events in Killers of the Flower Moon depict a deep-seated racism against the Osage, in which the white business leaders and citizens of Gray Horse, Oklahoma pretended to befriend and help the Osage, only to kill them for their money. Killers of the Flower Moon is a thorough historical account of the Osage murders, but this is one story you won’t see in school history books.

This upcoming 2023 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone. Screenplay by Eric Roth.

Have you watched Where the Crawdads Sing and/or All Quiet on the Western Front? Do you want to watch Killers of the Flower Moon? All three are on my list. Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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  1. Hi Barbara, I am sure these are all great movies, but I can’t. I would find All Quiet on the Western Front completely emotionally overwhelming as a film. I do love the book and often read bits of it.

  2. I read Where the Crawdads Sing and saw the movie the instant it came out. It deserves all the hype it’s receiving. I’ve not read the other titles. Thanks for posting this and pointing out the difference. Print and film are two different mediums, and I think each should be judged on its own merits.

    1. Hi Marian – I’m glad you liked the movie. I haven’t been to a movie theater in a long time and I don’t think I can access the streaming service where it’s offered, so I may need to wait a bit to watch, but I’m patient! Thank you for stopping by to comment. 🙂

  3. The only one of these I’ve read is Where the Crawdads Sing. I loved it and am looking forward to seeing the movie, sometime soon I hope.

  4. My sister said the movie adaptation of Where the Crawdads Sing is a disappointment compared to the book 😟. I’ve seen All Quiet on the Western Front, but all I can really recall about it is how much I dislike watching war movies. The last one I have not read or seen, but it sounds intriguing.

    1. Hi Alethea – I’ve heard mixed reviews about Crawdads, but I will have to watch it because I’m too curious. As for war movies, you either like them or not. I don’t gravitate to them, but I thought the book was excellent. Didn’t read it until recently, though – my son had to read it for college and I read it after he did! Thank you for reading and commenting. I owe you an email and hope to get back to you soon. Thank you for your patience 🙂

    1. Haha! I kind of like him! Plus I’m curious about the film since the book was so good. Thanks for stopping by, Davida! Hope you are doing well – I’m enjoying your Insta posts! 🙂

  5. My perusal of reviews tells me that Where the Crawdads Sing did not make a successful transition to the screen. Rotten Tomatoes shows a bunch of splats next to its reviews. The Rotten Tomatoes site gave All Quiet on the Western Front one tomato, which means at least 60% of their reviews were positive. I suspect this is one to see, but the book was so profoundly disturbing to me that I doubt I’ll watch this. Killers of the Moon Flower sounds informative and disturbing as well – an ugly part of our history that we can’t avoid.

    1. Hi Noelle – I can never resist watching a movie based on a book I loved. I’ll have to see whether I like Crawdads though. We read Killers of the Flower Moon for my library book group – you’re right, it’s an ugly part of American history, but one we should know about. Thank you for the visit – hope you are doing well!

  6. I do want to see Killers of the Flower Moon! The book was excellent — I’ve been looking forward to the movie version for a while now. And I think I’d like to see Where the Crawdads Sing too, since I enjoyed the book. I didn’t realize it was available to stream already. I look forward to hearing what you think of these!

    1. Hi Lisa, I will definitely watch these – it may take me a while to watch All Quiet, though, since we don’t have Netflix. Thanks for reading and commenting – hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Betsy – yes, we read Killers of the Flower Moon for my library book group – it was very sad and about a shameful period of our history. I had not known about the specifics until I read the book. Thanks for the visit and comment!

  7. Daughter offered me her copy of “Where the Crawdads Sing” so it is on my to be read list. Will read it before I see the movie.

    I didn’t know another movie was being made from “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Have read the book and seen the old movie.

    “Killers of the Flower Moon” is new to me but would to read the book for the history.

    Thanks for suggestions and opinions.

    1. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment! I hope you enjoy reading Where the Crawdads sing. It’s one of my favorite books. I haven’t seen the old movie version of All Quiet – maybe I’ll watch that first because we don’t have Netflix and I will have to figure out a way to watch the new one. Killers of the Flower moon portrays a disturbing period of American history and I didn’t know about the specific events that took place until I read the book. I’m definitely interested in the movie version.

  8. Interesting post. I’m torn. I loved Where the Crawdads Sing, but I’m worried how it will seem to me on the screen. I’m not sure about watching anything on Netflix anymore, lol! If you say All Quiet is good I’ll go for it! I’ve only seen the old cheesy Richard Thomas (John Boy Walton) tv version. I’ve read the book–I don’t know if it transfers to film. I’ll watch for your review.

    1. Hello Library of Life! I don’t know how I will get my hands on All Quiet because we don’t have Netflix, but I’ll look around. As for Crawdads, it’s hard not to compare the book/movie, and reviews have been mixed, but I’m sure I will watch it. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment 🙂

  9. I’ve not seen Where the Crawdads Sing, I read All Quiet on the Western Front in high school, and I’ve not heard of Killers of the Flower Moon. I’ll pass on the war one, but the other two I’ll look for.

    1. War movies don’t always have a lot of appeal – I get that. I’m curious though, especially since I only just read All Quiet a few years ago. Thanks for the visit, Ally Bean!

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