Young Adult Books on Screen

A plethora of YA books have been made into movie and T.V. adaptations from S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders to Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games.  Teen novels are awesome, super-charged stories that brilliantly tell their tale; no matter if it is historical, supernatural, apocalyptic or realistic, the stories work for the big screen.

A few months ago, The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out into the movie theaters and it stayed true to the book.  Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures were released in February.   Soon, we’ll have YA heavy hitters:  The Host by Stephanie Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins venture into the movie industry.  In the near future, Ender’s Game and Divergent will be released and many others are making their way from the pages of a book to our movie theatres or T.V. screens.

Here’s a short list of movies that have already hit the screen:

The Outsiders, The Walking Dead, The Carrie Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Flipped, Beastly, Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist,  Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Number Four, the list could go on and on…

Released this Friday:

The Host (In Theaters March, 29th 2013)

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See the trailer.










Currently In Development:

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World War Z, If I Stay, Unwind, Ghostopolis, The Angel Experiment:  A Maximum Ride Novel, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Wake, The Bell Jar, Ender’s Game (In theaters November 1st, 2013), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (In theaters August 23rd, 2013), 13 Reasons Why, Delirium, Firelight, How I Live Now, Maze Runner, Paranormalcy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Untitled (Vampire academy project), A Great and Terrible Beauty, Shiver, Untitled (House of Night Project), Catching Fire (In theaters November 22, 2013)

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Deathnote, Gone, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Wings


Scorpio Races

Sure we as readers worry that the movie will not meet our expectations but in the end it’s a new way to experience the story and will bring new readers to these great YA books.

Check out this list of YA books to Movies available at the Kenton County Public Library and if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, put them on hold.

So, what are your thoughts about the upcoming YA book to movie adaptations? Which of these books turned into movies are you most looking forward to seeing?

Keep the conversation going here or in your local YA space with your YA Librarians:

Jessy at the William E. Durr Branch, Eden at the Erlanger Branch or Erin at the Covington Branch

See YA at the movies!

-blog written by Erin DeSantis, YA Librarian at the Covington Branch

6 thoughts on “Young Adult Books on Screen

  1. I just saw the newest movie poster for “Ender’s Game” this morning! This is an awesome blog post; you highlighted so many more YA book –> movies that are coming out in the future than I had any idea were happening 😀
    I am most excited about “Ender’s Game”, definitely!! It has been a project in the works for so many years, the projects were canceled so many times, and now it is finally happening!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this list. I had no idea just how many young adult novels are being made into movies. I think it is a great way to encourage both teens and adults to read the novels and to discuss the differences between the two formats and what they liked or disliked about each.

    • I agree, it really is a great way to start thoughtful discussions about the books and the movies. YA Fiction is really the next big thing right now, so it makes sense that it is also the next big thing in movies! Do you have a favorite Young Adult movie or book? What are you most looking forward to seeing?

  3. I’m really interested in seeing The Maze Runner and Catching Fire adaptations since I loved both of the books! Sure, some book to movie adaptations (coughIamNumberFourcough) were horrific, but I have to say that they’ve gotten better at staying true to the book. Thanks for sharing the list!

    • I am also interested in seeing The Maze Runner, because I really didn’t enjoy the book and I’m looking forward to seeing how they adapt it into a movie. What did you think of The Hunger Games, was it a good and accurate adaptation?
      Oh no, why do you think that about I am Number Four?! I’m showing that for Teen Movie Night this month so I’d love to know what to expect 😀

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