Clearly, YA books being made into movies is big business. Hello, Twilight series? The Hunger Games? Books made into movies can be great because you can see a visual of your favorite book. The list of upcoming YA-books-to-movies is long and getting longer. Here’s a list of just some of the soon-to-be blockbusters with a link for you to reserve the book in case you haven’t read it already!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (limited release beginning September 21)
Synopsis from imdb.com: Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (New York Film Festival September 28, full release November 21)
Synopsis from imdb.com: Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (December 14)
Synopsis from imdb.com: Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities…
This is just a sample of movie projects that are based on YA books! Which of your favorite books would you like to see made into a movie?