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8 Young Adult Adaptations You Need to Watch Out For

July 31st, 2014

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Books have always been a form of source material for Hollywood. Movie executives will often take a popular book turn it into a move and make millions of dollars. Fans of a book will almost always pay to see the movie adaptation, no matter how bad it is. But young adult novels have perhaps the most loyal and die-hard fans. Young adults love their teen novels. Just look how popular Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have been. But with two of those series over and The Hunger Games coming to an end, there seems to be a void of YA novel movies in Hollywood. Sure, Divergent can take over for The Hunger Games, but what happens after that? Which two teen characters are we supposed to ship? Can the world function without a new love triangle for us to take teams? Well luckily for humanity, Hollywood has heard our cries for help and has a whole slew of YA novels their turning into movies for us to fangirl over. Better start reading these books now. No one wants to be one of those basics who reads the book after the movie comes out.
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The Giver – Lois Lowry
Plot: Set in a futuristic world where there is no conflict or illness, 16 year-old Jonah is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories. Soon Jonah learns that his world isn’t as perfect as it seems when the truth of the past is revealed to him.
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep.
Coming Out: August 15, 2014
Reason To Watch: Meryl Streep hasn’t given us chills like this since The Devil Wears Prada. And Brenton Thwaites will be your new celebrity crush.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Plot: After a serious car accident a young musician is left in a coma. Through an out-of-body experience Mia has to choose between living a very different life than the one she had and death.
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jaime Blackley, Mireille Enos
Coming Out: August 22, 2014
Reason To Watch: We’ve never seen Chloe Grace Moretz in this type of role before so it’ll be nice to see her act vulnerable. Plus the use of Say Something in the trailer brings all the feels.

The Maze Runner – James Dashner
Plot: Thomas wakes up in an unknown area with his memory erased. Thomas soon learns he his trapped in a maze and must use the help of the other “runners” in order to escape.
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario
Coming Out: September 19, 2014
Reason To Watch: The movie seems pretty much like The Hunger Games, while Katniss and Peta are actually in the games. Plus it stars Teen Wolf hottie Dylan O’Brien, so that’s reason enough.

Fallen – Lauren Kate
Plot: Lucinda is sent to reform school where she is drawn to two guys one of which is a fallen angel.
Starring: Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson
Coming out: 2015
Reason To Watch: The novel definitely has a fantasy gothic vibe going on, so if you enjoyed Beautiful Creatures, you’ll like this.

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Paper Towns – John Green
Plot: After Quentin’s childhood crush and neighbor Margo goes missing he takes it upon himself to find her.
Starring: Nat Wolff
Coming Out: Pre-production
Reason To Watch: John Green is that author of The Fault In Our Stars, so if you liked that movie you’ll probably enjoy this one.

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13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Plot: Clay receives a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep from a mystery person. He finds out that Hannah Baker is the responsible. The thing is Hannah committed suicide a week prior. Clay listens to all the cassettes from his late classmate to find out all the reasons why she took her life.
Starring: Selena Gomez was attached to the project.
Coming Out: Pre – Production
Reason To Watch: The story itself is very interesting, and it will be nice to see Selena portray a more darker and disturbed character.

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Heist Society – Ally Carter
Plot: Katerina Bishop is a 16 year-old thief who was retired her black gloves in order to live a normal life. But after her father’s life is threatened she must pull of the biggest heist of her life.
Starring: no casting news
Coming Out: Elizabeth Bank’s production company just optioned the rights to the film, so it may take some time before the movie hits theatres.
Reason To Watch: It’s basically like and Ocean’s 11 for teenagers.

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Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Plot: Artemis Fowl is a teenage billionaire who kidnaps a fairy and holds him for ransom in order to restore his family’s fortune
Starring: No casting news.
Coming Out: Disney announced last year that they will be making the adaptation.
Reason To Watch: This movie fills all our fantasy needs. Fairies, wealth, and a bad boy protagonist what more do you need?

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