Monday, March 9, 2015

TTW 2015: Teen Books Brought to the Screen

The film industry has been using technology to bring our favorite books to life for over 100 years. While the first film adaptations may have started out only being a few minutes long; our culture has now come to appreciate detailed reimaginings of books into full length films, some even becoming TV shows that take 10 hours or longer to view a single season. Fans of the books tend to be the harshest critics of these adaptations to film, I am definitely guilty of this behavior. But I still gravitate towards seeing these films because when they are done well I can't help but fall in love with the story all over again. Once in a blue moon, I will watch a movie or film that will inspire me to read a book I may not have picked up on my own (Game of Thrones!) and I will end up falling in love with the book even harder than I fell for the film adaptation.

Here is a list of some teen books, or books of interest to teens, that were made into movies or TV shows. If you click on a title it will bring you to the catalog listing for the book version. You can use the search bar at the top of the webpage to see if the movie or TV show is available.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training in order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
When Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes to avoid an ex, they never imagined it would lead to an epic night they would never forget.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
A year ago four teens covered up a horrifying accident; they thought they got away with it until they started being harassed. Someone knows the truth and is out for revenge.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Mia struggles to piece together her fragments of memory after a tragic accident takes the lives of her family.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes struggles to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The story of Hazel and Augustus, two teens who meet at a cancer support group and who share a love story filled with small infinities.

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger
Bianca Piper starts a fling with the hot sleazeball of her high school. At first he is a distraction, but Bianca soon realizes they have more things in common than she ever could have guessed. 
This movie is still in theaters and is currently unavailable at the library.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
John must develop his legacies before the Mogadorians find and kill him and the other surviving Loric children.

Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead
After two years on the run, best friends Rose, a half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy Jackson is the prime suspect.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
At 16, Beatrice Prior must decide which of the five factions she will devote the rest of her life to.

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
14-year-old Susie Salmon is brutally raped and murdered by her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Three years after their best friend disappears, four girls start getting threatening texts from someone who knows all their secrets.

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith
Golden girl, Elena, has peaked the interest of two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon.  Stefan wants only to protect Elena and Damon intents to take her as his own even if it means taking her life and those closest to her in the process.

The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien-
Bilbo Baggins sets off with a band of Dwarves to help win back their home from a great dragon.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel Meminger finds escape in the pages of stolen books during WWII in Germany.

Coming to the Big Screen:

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The sequel to the maze runner. I'm not writing a description because I don't want to give away the ending of the first book!

Paper Towns by John Green
After a wild night with long time crush and neighbor, Margo, Quentin has hopes of them finally getting together until she mysteriously disappears.

Fallen by Lauren Kate
As if her boyfriend dying wasn't enough to deal with, Luce is sent to a reform school because she is the prime suspect in his murder. 

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob finds his way to an island where he meets some children with peculiar talents.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Sequel to Divergent. Another book I'm not putting a description for to avoid giving away anything in the first book.

*Some synopses are from the YALSA's 2015 Book to Movies: Ripped From the Pages list.

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