We’ve all anxiously been awaiting the moment when Allegiant: Part 1 finally hits theatres. The movie will be the third of a four-movie series based off the trilogy by Veronica Roth. As we celebrate the film’s arrival in theatres, we thought we would count down our favourite Young Adult book to movie adaptations ever!
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The book that began it all! Veronica Roth’s Divergent follows Beatrice Prior in a post-apocalyptic society where its citizens are divided into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. After Beatrice ’s Choosing Day, she must learn to survive in the new life she has chosen. In 2014, the book was made into a film that starred Shailene Woodley as the strong female heroine, Tris. The action scenes that we could only imagine in our minds were brought to the big screen thanks to some incredible special effects.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s Stardust tells the story of Tristan Thorn and his adventure to find a shooting star in order to marry the town beauty. In typical Gaiman fashion, the fairy tale is never quite as simple as it seems! In 2007, the book was turned into a film narrated by the great Ian McKellen. It’s a truly beautiful film, blending humour and fantasy together seamlessly. And to this day, I can’t look at Michelle Pfeiffer without seeing the terrifying image of Lamia.
Beastly by Alex Finn
Speaking of fairy tales, we had to include Alex Finn’s Beastly! Kyle Kingsbury leads the perfect life; that is, until the witch in his English class casts a spell on him. No longer is he high school royalty. Now he’s something a little darker. A modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this story follows Kyle and his attempts to break the spell. In 2011, the book was made into a film that starred Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer.
No list would be complete without this classic by C.S. Lewis! The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. After Lucy discovers a mysterious wardrobe, the four children are sent on an adventure to save the magical land of Narnia from the White Witch. In 2005, the book was turned into a visually stunning film by director Andrew Adamson. It was an award-winning adaptation that carried big names such as Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson, and James McAvoy.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries was the first in a series that told the story of a young Mia Thermopolis. As a teenager, Mia learns that she is a princess and the heir to the throne in Genovia. In 2001, the book was made into a movie. It starred the incomparable Julie Andrews alongside the brand new Anne Hathaway (whose name might have become just a tiny bit bigger since the release of her debut film!). It was a personal favourite of mine, and I believe that Hathaway perfectly captured how it feels (and sometimes looks) to be an awkward teenager. Despite the royal nature of the movie, there is something strangely relatable to it.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four tells the story of nine secret superheroes who are being hunted down. The story picks up after Numbers One, Two, and Three have all been killed. Number Four – or John Smith – trains to survive against the evils set out to kill him. All while trying to cope with normal human emotions, of course! In 2011, the film was released starring Alex Pettyfer as Number Four.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
For fans of the slightly strange, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a classic. Following the Baudelaire siblings after the untimely death of their parents, the entire series is filled with clever writing, clever children, and the most sinister villains. In 2004, the first 3 books were made into a movie starring Meryl Streep, Jude Law, and of course, Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf. The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window came to life for viewers of all ages. And, as many fans of the series already know, a Netflix series is in the works! Personally, I can’t wait to see it!
I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
During Denis Cooverman’s valedictorian speech, he confesses to having had a crush on popular cheerleader Beth Cooper for all their high school years. Larry Doyle’s I Love You, Beth Cooper tells the story of the complications the ensue after Denis’s big confession. It’s a funny story that many teenagers will relate to. What teenager hasn’t had the urge to confess their undying love? And what teenager hasn’t experienced the illusion-shattering moment when they realise how imperfect that crush may be. The book was brought to life in the 2009 film starring Hayden Panettiere and Paul Rust.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Though it may be intended for a slightly younger crowd, Coraline is a spectacular read for people of all ages. Inside her family’s new home, Coraline discovers a door to a marvelous world! However, Coraline begins to notice that something is not quite right and attempts to leave this sinister world and return home. It’s an amazing book that became an amazing animated feature in 2009.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
This one is cheating, I admit! But does it count if I say that I put it here because I cannot wait for the film to be released? Before I Fall tells the story of Samantha Kingston, a popular high school student who lives a charmed life. That is, until she is suddenly involved in a tragic car accident. Now Samantha is forced to relive the last day of her life, and is made to see how the smallest of actions can change everything. I can’t wait to see this one on the big screen!
There you have it! So many great novels that went on to become great movies! So tell us, what are your favourite Young Adult book to movie adaptations?