YA Books That Need to Be Adapted into Movies – Stat!

The world of YA books (and indeed, the world of YA Books-turned-movie-adaptations) is perpetually overflowing these days, but really…do we want it any other way?

In celebration of the fantastic books Arclight by Josin L McQuein and Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, and the recent news of their movie adaptations (here and here, respectively), we  at The Savvy Reader have decided to put together a list of YA titles that we would love to see made into movies. (And fear not! It is surprisingly light on the vampires, fantastical creatures, and magical destinies!)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

With a ginormous fan-following online, it is no wonder that the movie rights for this dystopian series were snagged up by 20th Century Fox before the first book even hit the shelves. Since no recent news of the film has been released, we’ve added it to our list to help give them a shove…20th Century Fox employees read The Savvy Reader, right? Either way, this epic saga of a girl with the fatal touch and the two boys with immunity to it needs to be in movie theatres ASAP. Any ideas of who should play Adam or Warner?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

A classic literature-inspired tale, The Madman’s Daughter is the tale of Juliet, who is just trying to live down the accusations against her recently-deceased father.  In addition to an epic journey, bizarre scientific experiments, and an intriguing gothic setting, there is also the customary love-triangle to keep the story swoon-worthy—and to give us some awesome movie casting news to eagerly await!

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into her future and see both outcomes perfectly. So when her parents get divorced and she is forced to choose who to live with, her answer should be a simply one, right? Not so much. Throw in visions of her future soul mates (one for each choice), a dangerous murder investigation that requires her abilities, and the harsh realities of growing up and moving on, this story is anything but simple…Which is why it is totally movie material!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The movie adaption starring Jeff Bridges is basically confirmed, but after fifteen years of almost-movie adaptations, we’ve added it to our list anyway…just in case! This (pre-dystopian craze) dystopian novel explores the perfect world of Jonas—a world where fear, pain, and even memories do not exist. Jonas is given special training from The Giver and soon learns that his world is not the only kind of world. There was once another and it is his job to be the sole person with memories of it—and with that, he gains the blessing and curse of the true pains and pleasures of life. We agree with Lowry—we think there should be an opening casting call to find the perfect Jonas (hey, it worked for Harry Potter!)

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

A fascinating psychological mystery (reminiscent of the real-life Elizabeth Smart case), Pretty Girl-13 follows thirteen-year-old Angie, who wanders off into the woods and returns home to find that it is three years later and she has been a victim of kidnap. This is a daring story with plot points ripped from real-life headlines—a rarity in the YA world and an obvious pick for a movie!

The Worst Thing She Ever Did by Alice Kuipers

A very emotional read, this novel follows Sophie trying to cope with the tragic loss of her older sister—her best friend and closest confidante. Heart wrenchingly personal and entirely introspective, the movie adaptation would need to tread carefully to capture the true essence of the book—but The Perks of Being a Wallflower managed beautifully, so we have faith!

Everything John Green has ever written

If the news hadn’t broken out a few weeks ago that Josh Boone is adapting Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, this phenomenal story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters navigating young love alongside the harsh reality of their cancer prognoses would have undoubtedly won the number one spot. Now that the world and nerdfighters have rejoiced, it’s time to turn our sights on Green’s other works. Our vote is for Paper Towns, but we’ll take adaptations of all three, please!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha’s life was perfect. She had a boyfriend, popularity, beauty—everything a sixteen year old girl could ask for, right? It isn’t until she is given the gift of living her last day over and over that she realizes all the things she didn’t have…and all the things she never will. Since Delirium is being made into a television series, we felt it was important that Oliver’s earlier work was given the credit it deserves!

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

This excellent prequel to the beloved classic follows Victor Frankenstein and his cousin Elizabeth as they secretly take up arms with a ‘crazy’ doctor and attempt to brew the elixir of life to save Victor’s twin brother from a fatal ailment. In addition to being suspenseful and heart-felt (with just a dash of madness), this book is a wonderful way to get young readers excited about classic literature.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is—simply put—a masterpiece. Narrated by Death, the book follows Liesel, a young foster girl living in Nazi Germany, who fills the void of her mother’s abandonment and brother’s death by stealing books she cannot read.  As book people, it’s no mystery why we love this book about books. But now, we’d really like it be a movie about books. Get a move on Hollywood!

Which YA novel do you think belongs on the big screen? Tell us below or on twitter @HCCFrenzy.

Happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “YA Books That Need to Be Adapted into Movies – Stat!

  1. Would love to see The Madman’s Daughter and This Dark Endeavour / Such Wicked Intent. But not necessarily on the big screen. Sometimes small screen adaptations turn out better. It’s not YA but I’m really looking forward to Before I Go To Sleep on the big screen.

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