Finding a film that does justice to the book it’s based on ain’t easy. Movies like Mockingjay, released earlier this week, arrive once in a blue moon.
I’ve been left bitterly disappointed by adaptations in the past and the cinematic experiences have left me utterly convinced that you’ll never find a movie that’s better than the book.
That said, sometimes you’ll find a film that strikes the perfect balance, taking just the right number of liberties with the tale and transforming it into a decent enough film.
From The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants to The Princess Diaries, The Maze Runner to The Perks of Being A Wallflower, numerous novels have spawned successful cinema offerings.
They may not always please the critics but eager audiences flock to see them in their droves.
Over the course of the past 12 months alone YA fiction based films like The Fault In Our Stars and Divergent have built upon the successes of their predecessors, filling the void which the beloved Harry Potter film series left behind.
In fact, there was rarely a month in 2014 that we didn’t see a YA adaptation in the cinema. The trend is likely to continue too: Production studios know that there’s a nice amount of money to be made from a ready-made audience.
This week I’ve decided to pick out some of my favourite YA book to big screen adaptations, in order to prove my little theory. For every one I list there will, of course, be one I’ve missed (Take Louis Sachar’s Holes for example) so be sure to let me know which clever creations you think I’ve neglected.
And until next time, as always, happy reading.
- Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison // Goodreads
- Harry Potter Series – J.K Rowling // Goodreads
- Divergent – Veronica Roth // Goodreads
- The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky // Goodreads
- Tomorrow, When The War Began – John Marsden // Goodreads
- The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants – Anne Brashares // Goodreads
- The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot // Goodreads
- The Twilight Series – Stephanie Meyer // Goodreads
- The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau // Goodreads
- The Maze Runner – James Dashner // Goodreads