August 13, 2014

Adapt These Books

2014 has certainly been the year of the YA movie adaptation - between the successful (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars), the not-so successful (Vampire Academy), the yet-to-come (If I Stay, The Giver, The Maze Runner, Mockingjay), and the plethora of movie deals announced (Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, Shadow and Bone, Unremembered, Eleanor and Park...).  I think the YA community is definitely proving that adaptations of our favorite books are definitely films to take a risk on.  But there are some books that I haven't seen any news about a movie deal for (or they've only been optioned).  I also can think of some recent YA novels that should be a TV show or...even a web-series (a la The Lizzie Bennet Diaries).  So here are the recent (meaning series still uncompleted or standalones published in the last year) YA books that I believe deserve to be adapted for the big screen (or a smaller screen).

The Movies

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This could be a really fun summer movie, and I think everyone would love the focus on friendship.  Plus, the whole list is a GREAT plot point that I believe would translate well.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Just like Since You've Been Gone, this would work well as a summer movie.  Music is a popular theme.  Plus, there's Matt Finch. What more of a reason do I need?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I'm pretty sure The Lunar Chronicles have been optioned (and I think last I heard they were starting work on the script?), but my need for this movie is immense.  I'm just hoping it will be well-and-accurately casted and there won't be any whitewashing or butchering of cultures.

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this one, but I think the world of Elusion is one that deserves to be brought to life on the big screen.  Especially the actual technology of Elusion.  As long as it's done right, it could look really cool.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

An adaptation of this book would be amazing.  It's Robin Hood, which a lot of people love and would pull in guys, but it's also got enough girl power and romance to entice a female audience (apart from those who have read the books).

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I'm sitting here picturing myself watching The Winner's Curse in a movie theater, and... *swoons*.  I cannot say enough how much I want this book to be a movie.  With its world and complex society, I think it would be incredibly cool.

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Does anyone else agree this book would make an awesome movie?  There have been a lot of films about technology lately, and one from a more YA perspective would definitely be cool.

The TV Shows


Just something about TAtBILB screams TV show to me.  It would be a fun, cute sitcom or drama, and hopefully, it wouldn't be too cheesy.  Plus, there's a sequel coming, so that's more material for the show. (Apparently a movie deal was just recently announced for To All the Boys I've Loved Before, however.)

The Arkwell Academy series by Mindee Arnett

Mindee Arnett's The Nightmare Affair would probably work better as a movie (and they'd probably have a better budget for CGI), but I think the Arkwell Academy books would make a wickedly cool TV show.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Didn't I hear at one point that this might actually happen?  I can definitely see the DOROTHY series making a better TV show than movie.

The Web-Series

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Particularly since such a big part of this book is the e-mails, I could see this making an awesome web-series, as long as they took full advantage of transmedia.  The girls could vlog about their lives and vent about things, and then, for the more private stuff, secret online journals (that would be unknowingly shared with the public) could be used.


I'm less certain as to how this book would work as a web-series, but I think the whole music element would make it really cool.

So those are the recent YA books I want to see adapted.  Any you want to add to the list?


  1. I'd add Girl of Fire and Thorns to movies and His Fair Assassin to TV series. I've never actually read most of the stuff on this list, but they all sound cool.

  2. I totally agree with you about Since You've Been Gone. I think that would make a great summer movie! And the Lunar Chronicles!!! I want it, but I would also be so scared that they would destroy it. I also think the Shatter Me series would make a great movie.

  3. I definitely agree with this: someone HAS to make a Lunar Chronicles movie, and they'd better do it right. I would drag my entire youth group to go see it if they did. :D Scarlet would probably be a cool movie too. The rest I haven't read yet, so I can't say for sure.

    I want to see the Mistborn trilogy made into movies- they're actually adult books, but they're currently being reissued as YA as well. Christopher Hopper's THE SKY RIDERS would be amazing as well.

  4. I still have yet to read Since You've Been Gone and Dorothy Must Die but just based on the summary they seem like they would be interesting on the big screen. I would love to see Open Road Summer, Cinder, TatBILB, and This Song Will Save Your Life on the big screen :)

  5. I agreed with so many of these. I would especially LOVE to see Heist Society or the Gallagher Girls series. The action would be super cool.


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