This past weekend, PAPER TOWNS, the most recent and much-anticipated adaptation from YA author John Green finally hit theaters. We do a ton of YA book advertising here at AdBiblio, and I’m always blown away by how many of them get turned into films. It’s never an easy task to take our beloved young characters, in all their flaws and glory, out of a book and onto a screen, but there have been the few which didn’t disappoint. So, after a long hour of lists, flipping coins and a Magic 8 Ball or two, I finally settled on my top 12.
#12 THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 1 & 2
Launching the careers of all four actresses (Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Amber Tamblyn), The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants movies were successful in staying true to the genuine pain and pleasure of four best friends growing up together…and apart. Adapted from the #1 NY Times bestselling series by Ann Brashares.
#11. IF I STAY
Protagonist Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) did an awesome job of twisting my heart in her fist as she is caught between life and death for one day, and forced to make a decision that will change everything. Be sure to bring tissues! Adapted from the novel by Gayle Forman.
#10. THE TWILIGHT SERIES
No other book, or movie, did more to open the stage for young adult paranormal than Stephanie Meyer’s TWILIGHT trilogy. Though I’ll admit I was never the biggest fan of Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Bella, I was always first in line at the theater to watch vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and wolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) vie for the love and attention of their favorite human.
#9. NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST
Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings) are adorable teenagers searching the night for adventure—and love—over the backdrop of New York City. Adapted from the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
#8. THE BOOK THIEF
I’ll admit I was nervous to finally watch this book to screen adaptation as it’s my favorite book of all time. But director Brian Percival did an fantastic job of bringing the unforgettable characters from Markus Zusak’s novel to life. Set to the backdrop of WWII Germany, be prepared for all the feels in the world.
#7. THE MAZE RUNNER
Once I finally distinguished main star Dylan O’Brien from Percy Jackson’s Logan Lerman, I could focus on how great this adaptation is of James Dashner’s sci-fi YA thriller. The second installment, The Scorch Trials, hits theaters this September!
#6. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort shine in John Green’s first novel to screen, The Fault In Our Stars. However, take caution when watching: you WILL cry. And I don’t mean a tear or two. Expect a waterfall.
#5. The Outsiders
11th grade English class: the first time I became a young adult addict, though I didn’t know it then. I was a massive fan of The Outsiders, and the movie is a classic completely worthy of the #5 spot. It’s also a great place to see some young acting from stars like Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, and Rob Lowe. Adapted from the novel by author S.E.Hinton–she wrote the book when she was only 16!
#4. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
Based on the novel by Jesse Andrews, this 2015 adaptation premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and wowed audiences. Thomas Mann is perfect as awkward and self-loathing high school senior Greg Gaines who is forced to make friends with a girl in his class just diagnosed with cancer. Expect a lot of laughs mixed with a lot of tears.
#3. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
Logan Lerman (Charlie), Emma Watson (Sam) and Ezra Miller (Patrick) were the perfect casting for the adored characters in Stephen Chbosky’s novel adaptation. It probably helped that Stephen himself both wrote the screenplay and directed his book to life. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll remember the absolute perfection of the last scene. Well done, Chbosky!
Though they will never compare to the books written by genius J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter movies continued to bring fans decked out in their favorite wizard gear to theaters with each release. And even though I knew it was coming, it broke my heart to say goodbye to my favorite on-screen wizards. The great news is we can look forward to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the companion book to Harry Potter, coming to theaters next year!
#1. THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES
Thanks in large part to the remarkable performance by my girl J-Law as Katniss Everdeen, the movies based on Suzanne Collins’s dystopian trilogy tops the list as my favorite adaptation. I’ll be the first in line on November 20th to watch my favorite heroine fight her heart out in the final installment.
What was your favorite young adult book to movie adaption?