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YA Books Coming to the Big Screen

Young Adult novels have been steadily gaining in popularity (and of course, we couldn't be more thrilled). Lately, several well known titles have made headlines with film options being bought. A few YA novels optioned for film:


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Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

On September 16th it was announced that the film rights had been purchased by Universal Studios.


The story of life and everything that came after.*

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Scheduled for release on December 11, 2009 starring Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, and Saoirse Ronan. Trailer available here.


An ordinary girl, Laurel, thrust into a magical world with a centuries-old battle between fairies and trolls.

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Film right have been optioned by Disney, with rumors of Miley Cyrus starring as Laurel.


Grace is inexplicably drawn to a yellow-eyed wolf that roams the woods behind her house. Then during the summer she meets a yellow-eyed boy, Sam, who is all too familiar. But can Sam learn the secret to staying human?

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

On September 30th, Stiefvater announced on her blog that the film rights had been acquired by Unique Features (associated with Warner Brothers).


In Mary's world, there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village....

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

On May 7th, the film rights were picked up by Seven Star Pictures.


Clary's journey into a world of vampires, werewolves, Shadowhunters, and the truth of her own family history.

The film rights for The Mortal Instruments series were optioned by Unique Features in August.


A televised fight to the death for selected children ages 12-18 from each district in Panem.

Scheduled for release in 2011.*


A young boy discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and finds himself in the middle of a battle between the gods.

Scheduled for release February 12, 2010.


Following an accident, Mia only has one choice to make, but it's the most difficult one.

Scheduled for release in 2011.

What do you think about all of the YA books being optioned for films?

Are there ones you're dying to see make it to the big screen?

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  1. Yay:) I think some of these are going to be fantastic movies.

  2. The Immortal Instruments trilogy (City of Glass, etc...) have recently been purchased as well.

    It's crazy how many film rights I've seen being sold this summer. I'm interested to see which actually get produced and how they're received.

  3. I get upset about this because I never feel like they do a good enough job. Harry Potter was a notable exception. And Lord of the Rings. But Twilight was kind of a disaster in my opinion...

  4. LOTR....ah, if only Peter Jackson directed all book-to-movies. I have high hopes for The Lovely Bones.

  5. Thanks, MeganRebekah! Added that to the list!

  6. Yes! I love YA books being optioned for movies. They have the right action, the right pacing, the romance, the humor - everything needed for good movies.

  7. I agree with Kristin. I'm sick of bad remakes, especially when there are so many great books aching for adaptation. Also, films skyrocket sales of the books on which they're based, which is great for the YA genre as a whole.

  8. If I Stay is getting a movie, too, isn't it?

    If that's done right, it'll be so beautiful.

  9. Lotr was the best, I really hope mrtal instraments is good, and hungar games. but i reckon mortal instraments could be like the huge thing if the movie is good. And wings! thats cool ive neva read it but heard of it. Miley..

  10. I will die of fangirliness when The Mortal Instruments comes out. CAN'T. WAIT.

  11. They're making Shiver into a movie? COOL! (Even though I haven't actually read the book yet.) I can't wait for Hunger Games to come out. Do you think they'll make Catching Fire and the third book into movies too?

    Also you're forgetting Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, the movie for which is scheduled for release February of next year. And will, of course, not be as good as the book.

    I wish they'd make Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce into a movie. I love that book...

  12. Oh man, WILD MAGIC would be incredible. *daydreams*

  13. Very exciting! I'm always a little nervous to see movies being made from books I loved but I can't help be excited about it too. As Kristen said, it helps the book and the genre, and I love hearing about people who liked the movie, and went out and bought the book and loved it even more.

  14. Whats great about THE HUNGER GAMES being made into a movie is that Suzanne Collins (the author of the trilogy) is writing the screenplay. So you KNOW its going to be good.

  15. If I Stay was such a fantastic, heartfelt story. I am really curious to see how it translates.

  16. If I Stay was AMAZING.

    According to IMDB, The Lovely Bones is going to release next January.

  17. I am looking forward to the Hunger Games movie!

  18. Ultimate YA Creator: Sorry! I should have clarified. Lovely Bones is *scheduled* for limited release in Dec., nationwide in January.


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