With the recent release of the young adult novel turned film adaptation, Divergent, the requests have been pouring in for Veronica Roth’s trilogy. Whether movie-goers have seen the film first and then been intrigued to read the book, or have made the executive decision to read the book before heading to the big screen, the outcome has been one of increased interest for this young adult novel. Yet, Divergent isn’t the first, and surely will not be the last of the young adult novels turned film. In fact, some of your favorite films may have been young adult novels first, without you even realizing.
Past young adult film adaptations include:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Hunger Games AND Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
- Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones by Clare Cassandra
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief AND Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
- The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
- The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
- Vampire Academy (Currently in theaters) by Richelle Mead
…and many, many more!
But here of course is what you are all waiting for me to announce, the upcoming young adult film adaptation releases, which, like the list above, there are many of. Brace yourselves, take a deep breath and cross your fingers that your favorite YA book has a film being released in the near future.
Upcoming YA film releases (with intended release date) include:
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (June 6, 2014)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry (August 15, 2014)
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner (September 19, 2014)
- Mockingjay (Part 1) by Suzanne Collins (November 21, 2014)
And now for the big, super-incredible, take a deep breath, gasp-out-loud, news you’ve all been waiting for.
Though this news is extremely premature, with the intended date of film production having not even been set yet, many fans will be happy to know a series of prequel films for Harry Potter has been announced.
That’s right all you Potter fans, if you didn’t hear it already, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one of the companion books to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will be the first adaptation in a new series of films. Rowling will also be making her screen writing debut on this film, while Harry Potter films producer, David Heyman will return as a producer for this film as well.
So, whether you intend to read the book before you see the movie, or now realize how silly it was to never have known your favorite film was a book first and desperately need to read it right away, the Danbury Public Library has what you are looking for. Drop on in and grab a Young Adult novel (who knows it may just be the next box-office hit) or seek out the film adaptation of your favorite YA books to see if they live up to your expectations.