Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: YA Book to Blockbuster Movie

That's right, today's Monday Meme Spotlight is YA books that have been made into movies. 
     Recently there has been a huge influx of YA book adaptations flooding the Hollywood scene. The Hunger Games is a huge deal right now, as is Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and If I Stay. But is that all there is to YA book to movie adaptations? I have a few favorites I think everyone should see.

1. The Maze Runner- Starring Dylan O'Brien and based on the book series that began in 2010 by James Dashner- The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and the prequel The Kill Order- this is one of my absolute favorite adaptations, especially with the disappointments I've seen in casting, acting, and 'sticking to the book' with other YA books-turned-movies. Click here to be put on the list to read it.

2. The Giver- Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brendan Thwaites and based off the award-winning 1993 novel by Lois Lowry, this was another recent adaptation that I really enjoyed. The changes made from book to movie were approved by the author, and it kept the integrity and the point of the emotionally jarring book. Click here to get it from the library.

3. The Book Thief- Based off the novel of the same title by Markus Zusak, the book thief takes you through the Holocaust and is narrated by Death. The unique perspective and the way that the characters draw you in makes this a must-read and even a must-see. If you want to read it, click here.

4. I am Number Four- I was a big fan of the adaptation, based on the Lorien Legacies (book 1) by Pittacus Lore. Starring Alex Pettyfer and Teresa Palmer, this movie about aliens on the run was action-packed, had a great plot, and I felt that they did a really good job sticking to the book, even when things got dicey. It's hard to meet expectations when you're dealing with alien creatures and shape-shifting monsters, but I thought they did an awesome job with the descriptions from the book. Click here to order the book to read.

    When it comes to movie adaptations, everyone has a different opinion. But no matter how you view them, they're out there, and there are more and more coming. Maybe your favorite book will make it to Hollywood! And we can always hope that "Philosoraptor" is wrong when he asks:

1 comment:

  1. These are all fabulous movie adaptations! I especially like maze runner. When the wall of the maze came into view I said "that is exactly how I imagined it." The grievers were not exactly like I imagined, but I think they were scary enough but not too scary for younger viewers.


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