VANITY FAIR: 39 Major 2023 Movies Based on Books
October 9, 2023
From literary icons to graphic novels and YA classics, there’s a book adaptation for everyone in theaters and on streaming platforms this year.
Whether you’re racing to finish the book before the movie comes out or you’re a longtime fan anxiously waiting to see if they get it right, book adaptations can be some of the most thrilling movie releases of the year. It can be hard to keep track of them all, particularly given how many streaming movies are out there—yes, everything from You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah to Extraction 2 are based on books. But we’ve got a pretty extensive list of the highlights of this year’s book-to-screen transitions, including hits from earlier in the year as well as highly anticipated adaptations yet to come.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Based on the novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Adapted from the 2012 young adult novel of the same name by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, writer-director Aitch Alberto’s queer romance follows two titular Mexican American teenagers who connect one summer, only to find their understanding of their relationship challenged by a school year apart, leading to personal and familial revelations. After playing the festival circuit in the past year, the tender independent film had its theatrical release this summer.