We all know how it feels like to see a great book completely ruined on the big screen. We have all felt the utter happiness and joy of seeing a favorite book perfectly portrayed by a movie (a.k.a the entire Harry Potter Series). But, regardless of whether or not the movie ends up being saddening or a success, you’re going to watch it anyways, because that’s what die-hard fans do. The thrill of watching a book-to-movie adaptations never seems to disappear. And if you feel like you’re life is in need of a little more of that thrill, then you are in luck, because this year is going to be chock-full of movies adapted from all kinds of books, from classics to stories with no meaning or value (50 Shades of Grey, we’re looking at you). But, the kind of adaptations I’m excited to see are the ones from YA novels. So, I decided to create a list of eight teen novels being turned into books this year (in no particular order) so you can join in on the fun, too. Enjoy!
This is the second book of the Divergent trilogy with a movie being released on March 20. I am very excited to see this on the big screen, mainly because the movie Divergent, although being beautiful and all, excluded a lot of people and left a lot of holes in the book. My biggest complaint was the disappearance of Uriah, who was one of my favorite characters. However, the makers of the movie have realized their mistake and are planning to introduce Uriah in this movie, which makes me very happy. Although the book seemed like just a boring continuation of Divergent, the movie seems to be filled with just the right amount of action, drama, and romance, making it a must-watch.
2.) Paper Towns
I’m pretty sure everyone’s excited to see another one of John Green’s beautiful novels being turned into a movie, after the huge success of the Fault in Our Stars. With an amazing cast, including Nat Wolff (who played Isaac in TFIOS) and Victoria Secret model Cara Delevigne, this movie is bound to be a hit. Just be sure to read the wonderful novel before you watch the movie, which is coming out on June 5, because you’ll be missing out on some fantastic writing.
3.) The Scorch Trials
The second installment of the Maze Runner series is coming to the big screen on September 18. This series is one of my favorites, since it manages to be a hit WITHOUT ANY ROMANCE, so all the beauty of it lies in the action and plot. And with Dylan O’Brien coming back to play Thomas, who isn’t going to watch this movie?
4.) Where Rainbows End
This heartwarming romance is one of the only books whose movie adaptation will not have the same name. Love, Rosie, the movie version of this book, which is planning to come out on February 6th, will be here just in time for Valentine’s Day. The book was so real and accurate in describing teenage love, and I hope that they can translate that accuracy into the movie. The creators of the movie are playing it smart by using actors already introduced to the YA novel world, such as Lily Collins, who played Clary in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Sam Claflin, who played Finnick in Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1. If you want to truly enjoy this movie, I suggest you buy the book immediately. Start reading, and I promise you won’t regret it!
This novel was funny and realistic, but also really cliche. I didn’t hate it, but I definitely didn’t love it. However, that may not be the popular opinion, because it is becoming a movie on February 20, 2015. It is a typical “unexpected” romance between a teen girl and her “enemy”. However, I still plan to watch it, since those kind of movies are always the most amusing, whether it’s due to a funny script or just cheesy acting.
6.) Mockingjay (Part 2)
The end of the beautiful Hunger Games movie series is planning to come out on November 20. We Hunger Games fans have sat through it all, from bad directing in The Hunger Games to boring conversations and Katniss randomly breaking down in Mockingjay Part 1. We have sat here, and we have supported the trilogy through everything it has been through, knowing that we will inevitably come to that moment. The moment when all shall end. The epitome of ALL the books. The final goodbye. Mockingjay Part 2. We have high expectations, but we know that the cast will not disappoint. We are prepared, and we are ready for the end.
This novel is the epitome of star-crossed love. Luce, who attends a strict private school in Georgia, is drawn to Daniel Grigori from the moment she first lays eyes on him. As she falls deeper in love, she discovers that he is, in fact, a fallen angel, who was always meant to be with her. However, strange forces are about trying to keep them apart, and their love must be strong enough to triumph overall. As you can tell by the obvious romance in the story, this novel is not really my type. However, from a romantic’s point of view, I feel like this book is very interesting and won’t disappoint readers vying for a love story. Although the release date hasn’t been determined yet, be sure to watch this movie, which, based on the book, definitely won’t disappoint.
8.) The Scorpio Race
Maggie Stiefvater is an AMAZING fantasy writer, if you didn’t already know. I love almost all of her books, since they are so gripping and vivid. Sadly, this was one of her books that I didn’t like. If you look at it in terms of the plot and story, there’s nothing really wrong with it. However, if you compare the book to other novels, some problems arise. The story sounds like an alternate version of the Hunger Games, which highly upsets me. With an imagination like Stiefvater’s, I feel like there’s no need to have to copy off of another book. Regardless, I am planning to watch the movie (whose release date has not been announced yet) to see how they manage to pull off such a crazy plot, and I encourage you to, as well. P.S. Sorry about the picture! There have been no official pictures of the cast, so I could only find fan art.
Well, there you go! These are the eight teen novels that I will definitely see in theaters this year. I am very excited, since i haven’t ever seen a movie calendar filled with these many must-watch movies. I hope you enjoyed this list and plan to watch all of these great adaptations. Just remember to read the book first, or it won’t be as much fun!