On a subreddit dedicated to movies, the teaser trailer for the movie was shared with u/TheBigIdiotSalami, who commented, “English high school classes are going to work hard for this one.” Poster u/SirHawrk replied, “You’re reading Quietly on the western front in English class? Wouldn’t it make more sense to read it in German class?” Although the book was originally written in German and comes from the same perspective, English translated copies have also been published (via Scholarly Editing). But there was also the original film with English dialogue, which u/Smucko pointed out by adding, “I think it’s him [original poster] Referring to the movie, my english teacher played it to us at least twice lol.”
Adolescence also seems to be a great time to discover the book, as the soldiers depicted were young men and adolescents. When asked about his relationship to the novel, director Edward Berger said in an interview, “I read it when I was 17 or so, somewhere there, then again somewhere in my early 20’s, and then not for 20 years. And so when Malte Grunert, the producer, called me [it had been a while] but the book was so in me…” He then spoke about how important the work is for German identity and how it has affected young readers for almost a century.