31 Adaptations that Prove Hollywood Loves YA

Posted by Cybil on July 30, 2018

From The Hunger Games to The Fault in Our Stars, some of Hollywood's biggest movies began as beloved young adult novels.

It's a trend that's showing no signs of slowing down. In August alone, movie versions of The Darkest Minds starring Amandla Stenberg and The Miseducation of Cameron Post starring Chloë Grace Moretz arrive, along with the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Later this year, moviegoers will see the adaptation of Angie Thomas' 2017 Goodreads Choice Award-winning debut, The Hate U Give.

Because we're always on Team Read the Book, check out this list of YA novels that have been adapted for film and television. Which ones are your favorite reads, and which ones are you adding to your Want to Read shelf?


Dystopia & Science Fiction
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Contemporary Love Stories
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Fantasy
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What adapted YA novel would you recommend as a great read? Let us know in the comments!

Check out the complete coverage of YA Week:
45 Hidden Gems for YA Superfans
The Most Anticipated YA Books
The Top 100 YA Books on Goodreads

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message 1: by Louie (new)

Louie Yes! Finally they mention I Know What You Did Last Summer!


message 2: by Oda Renate (new)

Oda Renate Great list. Lots and lots of books here. And think next year thug the darkest minds to all the boys I loved before will be on the list too. Hopefully passanger by alexandra bracken, geekerella, the mediator, anna the french kiss, kasie west books.++


message 3: by Brianna (new)

Brianna here to mention that the Percy Jackson movies were the worst lol


message 4: by Re̶i̶g̶n̶ (new)

Re̶i̶g̶n̶ Warner [Last Words for The Rogue Bookwolf] You forgot about The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Movie adaptation will premiere this 3rd of August!


message 5: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Reign wrote: "You forgot about The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Movie adaptation will premiere this 3rd of August!"

And that's probably why they didn't include it, mate. :) No matter how good it is, we haven't actually seen it yet.


Caitlyn "Books Are My Life" Baker Brianna wrote: "here to mention that the Percy Jackson movies were the worst lol"

SO TRUE!!!


Caitlyn "Books Are My Life" Baker Ready Player One and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children both sucked in comparison to the books. Seriously, Hollywood, stop changing things that don't need to be changed.


message 8: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Stoolfire I just watched Love, Simon today and I don't think I could ask for a better adaptation of one of my favorite YA contemporaries.


message 9: by Robert (new)

Robert Perfect list!

I want to share with you too
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Check it up.


message 10: by Brianna:) (new)

Brianna:) Thank you @Brianna for mentioning that!!! They are the worst! TFIOS is perfect though


message 11: by Bethany (new)

Bethany Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver deserves mention.


message 12: by Brindi Michele (new)

Brindi Michele Louie wrote: "Yes! Finally they mention I Know What You Did Last Summer!"


I had to read that either my freshman or sophomore year of high school. I never see it on on any YA lists!


message 13: by Marty (new)

Marty Preslar I personally would put A Wrinkle In Time in the Science Fiction section and not Fantasy. Actually, I just looked up what L'Engle had to say about it to make sure I wasn't totally off base and her response was this: 'It's a book. I don't like categorizing. There is a new term, 'science fantasy.' I suppose that comes fairly close.'

I like that. It's actually pretty much the genre I write.


message 14: by R (last edited Aug 03, 2018 09:16AM) (new)

R 1. Forgot Beautiful Creatures (but no matter as it was awful as an adaptation.).
2.A majority of these flopped, were scoffed at by critics and were awful than the ones like the Hunger Games and Harry Potter that were actually good.


message 15: by Vikas (new)

Vikas I love myself some YA so I have read 13 of this lot and also plan to read almost all of the remaining ones. Cheers and Keep on Reading.


message 16: by CARISSA (new)

CARISSA E I loved the I Am Number Four movie and book series. I don't know why they only did 1 though.
I gotta say I LOVED the book Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda but I did not really care for the movie. But I don't usually like the movies of books I love. They rarely do the movies made from books proper justice....


message 17: by Kingsley (new)

Kingsley Brianna wrote: "here to mention that the Percy Jackson movies were the worst lol"

preach


message 18: by Minoo (new)

Minoo Brianna wrote: "here to mention that the Percy Jackson movies were the worst lol"

I think we can all agree to pretend Percy Jackson movies never existed=/


message 19: by Elena (new)

Elena Ummm, Ready Player One is not a YA novel. It has a young protagonist, but it’s marketed as adult science fiction. Mind you, I’d like to pretend that movie never happened anyway.


message 20: by Marnie (new)

Marnie Allen Hollywood doesn't love adapting YA novels, Hollywood loves RUINING YA novels


message 21: by Kaitlynn (new)

Kaitlynn Ready Player One? Nothing screams 'YA' novel like a book about having nostalgia for pop culture from before you were born, I guess....


message 22: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Harry Potter is not YA, it's children's....


message 23: by Nitya (new)

Nitya I need When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle with Love movies ASAP but not trusting Hollywhite to do them justice


message 24: by Saarah (new)

Saarah Niña Didn't The 100 start with a book?


message 25: by Daria (new)

Daria Marnie wrote: "Hollywood doesn't love adapting YA novels, Hollywood loves RUINING YA novels"

haha well I agree, but some movies are actually good...


message 26: by Bauder (new)

Jessica Bauder Already read 14 of them 😉 and another 4 are on my "Want to read"- List 😊


Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell But a lot of these movies were really awful...


message 28: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Blanchard I've read 20 of these. Vampire Academy is one of favorite series of all time. The movie was only okay since they went with a comedic spin on it. But I still watch it when I want to revisit the world without re-reading.


message 29: by Christina (new)

Christina Not to be annoyingly technical, but Ready Player One is an adult books that 'appeals' to Young Adults. It's not actually YA. That being said, the movie is also an entirely different beast than the book (which I love wholeheartedly). ^_^


message 30: by Landon (last edited Aug 04, 2018 08:14AM) (new)

Landon I've already read 10 of these on the list.


message 31: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Nooooooooooooooo!! Percy Jackson should not be on this list. Despite those being some of my favorite books of all time, I am still trying to forget the awful movie adaptations. If only all of hollywood would give the same kind of respect to books as did the producers/directors of Harry Potter and Hunger Games.


message 32: by Helen (new)

Helen Ready Player One was a book this 76 year old really enjoyed and half of the 1980s references went over my head. That says that it is almost surprising that it would appeal to YA readers except that the dystopian world of the book would appeal. I'm hearing from many of the book's readers of my acquaintance that the movie is a real disappointment and I intend to go with their evaluation. I wasn't happy with much of the Wrinkle in Time movie, especially with the changes, although I liked the casting.


message 33: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Saarah wrote: "Didn't The 100 start with a book?" Yep! It should be on the list!!


message 34: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ wrote: "But a lot of these movies were really awful..." That's what I was thinking! Lol


Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell Leia wrote: "Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ wrote: "But a lot of these movies were really a..."

LOL I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought so ;)


message 36: by Elias (last edited Aug 05, 2018 10:59AM) (new)

Elias The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 0/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10, 5/10, 4/10, 4/10, 3/10
Movie- 3/10

The Maze Runner- Books- 9/10, 8/10, 7/10, 7/10, 8/10
Movie- 6/10

The 5th Wave- Books- 6/10, 2/10, 1/10
Movie- 1/10

Ready Player One*- Book- 9/10
Movie- 8/10

Ender's Game- Book- 9/10
Movie- 7/10

The Giver- Books- 8/10, 5/10, 5/10, 6/10
Movie- 2/10

Harry Potter- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10
Movies- 10/10, 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10, 9/10, 10/10, 10/10

Percy Jackson- Books- 9/10, 8/10, 8/10, 9/10, 9/10
Movies- 3/10, 3/10

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 7/10

A Wrinkle In Time- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10, 8/10, 8/10
Movie- 5/10

The Mortal Instruments- Books- 8/10, 9/10, 8/10, 6/10, 6/10, 9/10
Movie- 3/10

Twilight- Books- 0/10, 0/10, 0/10, 0/10
Movies- 0/10, 0/10, 0/10, 0/10, 0/10

I Know What You Did Last Summer- Book-8/10
Movie- 5/10

*Ready Player One is NOT YA
Also, the Mockingjay movies are actually better than the book.


message 37: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Elias wrote: "The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 1/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10, 5/10, 4/10, 4/10, 3/10
Mov..."



LMAO THE TWILIGHT SCORES! Also, Mockinjay sucked. Should be 4/10.


message 38: by Elias (last edited Aug 05, 2018 11:15AM) (new)

Elias Leia wrote: "Elias wrote: "The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 1/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10, 5/10, 4/10, ..."


Book or movies? Because say what you will about the book, the Mockingjay movies rock.


message 39: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Elias wrote: "Leia wrote: "Elias wrote: "The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 1/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10,..."



The movies were really slow and dull to me. Not nearly as good as the others. Too much dialogue and unnecessary scenes and I hate how Katniss gets so obsessed with Peeta and depressed. The deaths were all unnecessary and it was way less action-packed and memorable.


message 40: by Elias (new)

Elias Aurora wrote: "Nooooooooooooooo!! Percy Jackson should not be on this list. Despite those being some of my favorite books of all time, I am still trying to forget the awful movie adaptations. If only all of holly..."

Harry Potter and The Hunger Games were made by people who care about the books and put their blood, sweat and tears into making sure they made great movies that would last rather than cheap, quick, empty cash grabs. They spent money on some of the best directors, actors and filmmakers around. Thankfully Chaos Walking and the His Dark Materials TV series look like they're following suit.


message 41: by Daisy (new)

Daisy Elias wrote: "The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 0/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10, 5/10, 4/10, 4/10, 3/10
Mov..."

I thought that the mockingjay films were much worse than the book, especially the first one. They shouldn't have split it into 2 films, it would have been much better as one.
Also the 4th and 5th mortal instruments books deserve a lot better than 6 out of 10.


message 42: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Daisy wrote: "Elias wrote: "The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 0/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10, 5/10, 4/10, ..."


Thank you!!


message 43: by Elias (last edited Aug 05, 2018 03:19PM) (new)

Elias Daisy wrote: "Elias wrote: "The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 0/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10, 5/10, 4/10, ..."


As a fan of The Mortal Instruments, Dark Artifices and especially the masterwork called The Infernal Devices, City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls felt like pure filler that did nothing to advance the plot-- MUCH more so that the Mockingjay films, despite some excellent character moments and lots of glorious Simon (who is so similar to me and so relatable it's insane).

The only other thing I'll say regarding Mockingjay-- and while I was aware that this was an unpopular opinion, as with all instances of saying the movie was better than the book, I hadn't the faintest notion that I'd get as much vitriol as I did-- is that as good as the book was, it was rushed. The movie rightfully slowed down the pace to make room for more character moments and additional points of view. President Snow has plenty of truly phenomenal moments he wasn't given in the book in particular. There was more room for depth and emotion.


message 44: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Elias wrote: "Daisy wrote: "Elias wrote: "The Hunger Games- Books- 10/10, 10/10, 9/10
Movies- 9/10, 10/10, 10/10, 10/10

Divergent- Books- 8/10, 6/10, 1/10
Movies- 4/10, 2/10, 0/10

I Am Number Four- Books- 6/10..."



Well I literally never read any of the books you just mentioned so I can't really judge lol


message 45: by Letty (new)

Letty Where is Nerve?


message 46: by Elias (new)

Elias Leia wrote: "Saarah wrote: "Didn't The 100 start with a book?" Yep! It should be on the list!!"

I hear the show of The 100 is good but my god the book was terrible.


message 47: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Elias wrote: "Leia wrote: "Saarah wrote: "Didn't The 100 start with a book?" Yep! It should be on the list!!"

I hear the show of The 100 is good but my god the book was terrible."
The show sucks too lol


message 48: by Elias (new)

Elias Daria wrote: "Marnie wrote: "Hollywood doesn't love adapting YA novels, Hollywood loves RUINING YA novels"

haha well I agree, but some movies are actually good..."


Kaitlynn wrote: "Ready Player One? Nothing screams 'YA' novel like a book about having nostalgia for pop culture from before you were born, I guess...."

Harry Potter and The Hunger Games were the only ones that were really great and did the books proud. I'm hoping Mortal Engines and Chaos Walking join them.

On the other side of the coin you guys left out Hollywood's butchery of The Dark Is Rising, The Golden Compass and The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch (the movie was called Seventh Son).


message 49: by Elias (new)

Elias Leia wrote: "Elias wrote: "Leia wrote: "Saarah wrote: "Didn't The 100 start with a book?" Yep! It should be on the list!!"

I hear the show of The 100 is good but my god the book was terrible." The show sucks t..."


Sounds about right.


message 50: by Louie (new)

Louie There's also Down A Dark Hall coming out on the 17th this month. It is based on Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan, the author of bestseller I Know What You Did Last Summer which inspired the hit 1997 horror movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar.


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