Book-to-Film Adaptations By Female Authors Coming This Year!

Page-to-screen adaptions are dominating the film scene. Here’s a list of film adaptions from books written by women coming later this year.

Each year, more and more books are made into movies. Specifically, the works of women are coming to life on the screen. Female authors are getting wider recognition, and their work is being rediscovered. Let’s look at book-to-film adaptations from female authors due to hit the screen by year’s end.

The Marsh King’s Daughter

After her father kidnapped her mother two years before she was born, Helena (Daisy Ridley) spent her childhood in captivity. When her estranged father escapes from prison, she is forced to confront her past and seeks revenge on the Marsh King.

This film is based on Karen Dionne’s 2017 psychological thriller novel of the same name and will hit theatres on November 3, 2023.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes

A young Cornelius Snow (Tom Blyth) mentors and falls in love with a District 12 tribute, Lucy Gray Bird (Rachel Zegler), during the 10th year of The Hunger Games.

In 2020, Suzanne Collins released a prequel to The Hunger Games series that takes place 64 years before the first book. See the film at a theatre near you starting November 17, 2023.



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In 1960s Massachusetts, Eileen (Thomasin McKenzie) works at a prison when she develops a parasitic relationship with a psychologist (Anne Hathaway) who arrives at the juvenile correction facility.

The film is based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Ottessa Moshefegh and was adapted into a screenplay by Moshefegh and her husband. The film premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is set to have a limited theatrical release on December 1, 2023, before expanding nationwide on December 8, 2023.

The Color Purple

This musical adaption tells the story of the lifelong struggle of an African-American woman living in the South during the early 1900s and stars Halle Bailey, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, and H.E.R., among many others.

This film is the second adaptation of Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name and also pulls music from the 2005 stage musical. Steven Spielberg directed the 1985 film and returns to the 2023 film as one of the producers alongside the stage musical’s producers Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey. The film hits theatres this holiday season on December 25, 2023.

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Jessica McCrorie is a junior at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, studying screenwriting and broadcast journalism. When she’s not writing for AfterBuzz TV or Heal Squad x Maria Menounos, she enjoys exploring her other creative outlets and interests, including filmmaking, reading romance novels, playing guitar, and listening to Taylor Swift.