Lights, Camera, Action: YA book-to-movie adaptations we are pumped about!

Over the past few years, I have noticed an interesting pattern: the majority of my favourite movies were books first, many of them YA. Think: Harry Potter, The Outsiders, Hugo, The Hunger Games, The Witches, The Princess Bride…well, I could go on and on. And that’s why I am so excited by the movies based on YA books that are scheduled to hit box offices in 2013/14.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read Divergent in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down—I kept reading “just one more chapter,” until it was about 2am and I had polished off the whole darn thing. So as you can imagine, I am very excited about the upcoming Divergent film, which is scheduled to be released on March 21st, 2014. I am eager to see how the film portrays Tris and Four, and to become engrossed in the action and the vivid characters once again. If you are as excited as I am, be sure to stay informed by visiting Veronica Roth’s website, where she posts movie stills and news. Can’t wait until March? Don’t worry: the third book in the Divergent series, Allegiant is on sale on October 22nd.

2. Seventh Son, based on The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney

Seventh Son, based on Book 1 (Revenge of the Witch) and Book 2 (Curse of the Bane) of the best-selling fantasy adventure series by Joseph Delaney, is scheduled for release in January 2014. The movie will have a star-studded cast including Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. In the books, Old Gregory has been the county Spook for years, ridding local villages of evil. But it is time for someone new to take over. Twenty-nine apprentices have tried and failed. Enter Thomas Ward—the last apprentice.

3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Coming to theatres in August 2013 is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The movie is based on a fantasy novel that follows fifteen-year-old Clary Fray who witnesses a murder committed by three tattooed-teenagers. When the body mysteriously evaporates into thin air, it is clear that there is more going on than meets the eye. The teenagers, we learn, are Shadowhunters: warriors tasked with eliminating demons from the earth. With such a unique and fast-paced plot, the movie promises to be highly entertaining.

4. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Science fiction fans rejoice! Enders Game by Orson Scott Card, published way back in 1985, is finally hitting the big screen. It is 70 years after an alien war, and a gifted child is sent to military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, and Ben Kingsley star in what promises to be an exciting film.

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

“May the odds be ever in your favor!” Ok, I confess: I have been looking forward to the next installment in the Hunger Games movie trilogy since its release date was announced a few months ago (just ask my husband). Only 4 months to go! The second in the series, Catching Fire, will be hitting box offices in November 2013. Are you ready to learn what happens to Katniss, Peeta, and Gale?

6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

What are you doing next Valentine’s Day? Probably going to see Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters in theatres if you are anything like me! Follow Rose Hathaway at St. Vladimir’s Academy, a boarding school where vampires learn the ways of magic and half-human teens are trained to protect them.

7. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The next installment in Rick Riordan’s children’s fantasy series, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is coming to theatres in August 2013. The son of Poseidon and his friends set off on a quest to the Sea of Monsters in search of the Golden Fleece.

How are you preparing for the films? Are there any upcoming movies you would like to add to the list? What books would you like to see turned into movies? Share your thoughts below or on twitter @SavvyReader & @HCCFrenzy!

Happy Reading and Happy Watching,

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