Aside from getting published, I’m pretty sure every writer dreams of having their book adapted into a movie. I know I certainly have. And before anyone gets all excited, no, I have no such related news unfortunately. However, I was thinking that it might be fun to share my favorite young adult book-to-movie adaptations. After all, I’m not just a YA book lover; I’m a YA movie lover as well.
In fact, going to the movie theater is one of the things I’ve missed most during the pandemic. My favorite theater was closed for nearly a year and when it did finally open back up and we felt comfortable enough to go, we went to see three different movies in the span of just a few weeks. But now the delta variant is here (womp, womp, womp), and I’m avoiding crowded indoor spaces and missing going to the movies once again. Yes, watching them at home is fun, but it’s just not the same experience for me.
I know Covid won’t last forever though, and I’m looking forward to going to the movies again when things are better.
But Covid and movie theaters aside, it’s time for my top 10 list! Here are some beloved books whose movie adaptations lived up to (or exceeded) my expectations:
1.) The Twilight saga by Stephenie Myer (big surprise there, I bet!)
2.) Divergent by Veronica Roth
3.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
5.) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon) by Becky Abertelli
6.) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
7.) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
8.) The Giver by Lois Lowry (okay, the movie wasn’t the best here but I love this book so much I had to include it)
9.) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10.) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Note: Though I loved them all, I am not listing any of the Harry Potter books/movies because I consider them more middle grade than young adult.
ALSO! I haven’t read these books, but here are three YA movie adaptations that I LOVED:
The Spectacular Now based on book by Tim Tharp
The Kissing Booth movies based on books by Beth Reekles
Five Feet Apart based on book by Rachael Lippincott
And finally, here are three books I enjoyed that are being adapted as we speak so you might want to read them before they come out:
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Bloom (I may have to reread this one because it’s been a while!)
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angelline Boulley (I am SO EXCITED about this one!!)
What are your favorite YA book-to-movie adaptations? Feel free to share in the comments below!