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11 book to movie adaptations to get excited about

Posted on January 18, 2013 by

By Gabriella Zicarelli

It’s no secret that young adult novels do damn well when they’re turned into big budget blockbusters. Whether the series is about a family of vegetarian vampires or kids battling each other to the death, we love seeing our favourite characters come to life.

Here are 10 book to film adaptations to look forward to:

Divergent

Written by Veronica Roth, Divergent brings us into a dystopian future where society is divided into five groups based on behavior. Once our heroine Beatrice Prior turns 16, she’s forced to choose the group she will be a part of with the rest of her schoolmates. So far, all we know about the film is that Shailene Woodley from The Secret Life of the American Teenager will play Beatrice and it will actually be filmed in Chicago where the book takes place. The film is set to come out in 2014.

Beautiful Creatures

Ethan wants to break free from his small narrow-minded town. That is until a mysterious dark-haired beauty named Lena arrives. You can’t help who you fall in love with, and it turns out, Ethan falls for this Caster who might turn out to be “Light” or “Dark” on her sixteenth birthday. Not only do they fall for each other but they both set out to discover all the dirty hidden secrets of their families. This film adaptation stars Alden Ehrenreich, newcomer Alice Englert and Emmy Rossum. Beautiful Creatures comes out Feb. 13.

Catching Fire

Everyone was in Hunger Games mania when the first movie of the series was released last year. The second won’t be any different. We left Katniss and Peta just as they became victors of the brutal game. In the sequel, they’ll be competing in the deadly Quarter Quell. All the favourites are back for Catching Fire along with Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair. Filming doesn’t conclude until March and fans are going to have to wait until Nov. 22 to see the finished product.

Warm Bodies

You know how they say “love conquers all”? Well who knew that even included turning zombies back into humans? In Warm Bodies, the lives, or lack thereof, of the zombie race is twisted when one of them falls in love with a human girl named Julie. Based on the novel written by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies is out on Feb. 1 and seems like it will offer up a few laughs.

The Host

So it may not be as romantic as a family of sexy vampires and werewolves but since the Twilight series is done, fans of Stephanie Meyer can now look forward to The Host. Melanie Stryder is one of the last humans left on earth, when she becomes injected with a parasite set out to control her thoughts and capture the rest of the humans. This backfires when Melanie and the parasite create an emotional bond and instead work to help other humans free from the parasite. The movie’s release date is currently set for March 29.

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

I’m not gonna lie, this one looks pretty good. The thriller follows Clary Fray, a teenager who stumbles into the world of the supernatural and finds out a lot about her own family’s supernatural past. After her mom is kidnapped by Valentine, played by the dreamy Jonathan Rhys Meyers, she enlists the help of other hunters and sets out to find her. One of those hunters includes Jace Wayland played by Jamie Campbell Bower. You can look for this one in the summer when it hits theaters Aug. 23.

Oz: The Great and Powerful 

Okay, so it’s not exactly new or teen-driven but the story of The Wizard of Oz is a classic and this revival looks amazing. Oz: The Great and Powerful is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, explaining how the wizard actually got to Oz in the first place. It stars James Franco as the wizard, Michelle Williams as Glinda (the good witch), Rachel Weisz as Evanora (the bad witch) and Mila Kunis as Theodora. With a cast like this and the fact that it’s in 3D, I’m really to see this on March 8.

The Mazerunner

After a deadly plague called The Flare starts wreaking havoc, Thomas’ memory is erased and he’s placed in a community populated by 60 teen boys, with a new one arriving every 30 days. All of them are trapped in a maze and if they want any chance of escaping they have to map the way out, defeating the beasts who try to stop them. Although The Maze Runner is set to be released this year, fans will be kept on their toes since there isn’t too much information about this one just yet.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

In the second of the Percy Jackson series, the son of Poseiden and his friends team up to restore their dying safe haven. The only way is to set off to the Sea of Monsters and find the Golden Fleece. The film isn’t out until Nov. 1 so we’re just going to have to try to contain our excitement to see Logan Lerman as the son of Poseidon again.

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is set 70 years in the future, after an alien war has taken place and the earth is destroyed by the “Buggers” aka an alien race with a goal to destroy the human race. A gifted boy named Ender Wiggin, finds himself in a military where he and a group of kids are trained to prepare for a future invasion. Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley and is out November 1st.

Uglies

In Tally Youngblood’s world, young girls and boys are “gifted” with a series of plastic surgery procedures that will make them pretty on their sixteenth birthday. After her friend Shay dodges the procedure and heads to an underground rescue organization, Tally is forced to become an undercover spy, soon realizing that the procedure isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Scott Westerfeld’s novel has been optioned for a movie but there are few details so far.

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