Entertainment

Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film  

Barbara Gaston
7.3k votes 977 voters 23.6k views 96 items

What are the next young adult novels that should be adapted to film? With the success of YA novels-turned-movies The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Twilight, it should come as no surprise that Hollywood is clamoring to option movie rights to some of the bestselling young adult books in recent years. This list includes the YA novels that should be brought to the big screen. Be sure to vote for the books you most want to see as movies, and vote down those that you just don't think will work. Also, if you have a favorite young adult novel that isn't listed, definitely add it -- this list has the potential to be a very long one!

Some YA novels are already on track to become major motion pictures, though the status of the projects isn't always clear (in other words, it could take years before the films are made and, ultimately, released). Examples? Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is in the works, as is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Newberry-winning The Graveyard Book (and yes, the latter is a children's book, but it's also quite popular with teens). Hang tight, fans, the deals are done on these (hopefully). Sometimes movies get optioned and everyone gets totally excited - and then, fans hear nothing more on the projects for long stretches of time.

Given the incredible box office success of some young adult books adapted to film, it's no wonder that studios are eager to get their hands on the next "big" thing. What will be the next blockbuster movie based on YA? It's a guessing game, though it's hard to argue that adaptations of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl won't be massively popular films.

This list includes some classic YA novels (A Wrinkle in Time, Catcher in the Rye) by some of the best young adult authors ever and some more recent releases (The Book of Blood and Shadow, Matched). Vote for your favorites, and please, don't forget to add any great young adult books that need to be turned into movies. Remember: Sometimes Hollywood gets it right: Check out this list of the best film adaptations of young adult novels as evidence!
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
list ordered by
1
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maa... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added
2
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added
3
Cinder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added Marissa Meyer
4
Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecu... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
5
Matched is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Ally Condie
6
Uglies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Scott Westerfeld
7
Delirium is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Oliver
8
Looking for Alaska is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
John Green
9
A Court of Thorns and Roses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
10
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #9 Eoin Colfer
11
City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #4 Cassandra Clare
Film adaptation released 2013
12
Fallen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Kate
13
Unwind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
marieress added Neal Shusterman
14
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #2 Veronica Roth
Film adaptation released 2014
15
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #1 Lois Lowry
Film adaptation released 2014
16
The Selection is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
marieress added Kiera Cass
17
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Madeleine L'Engle
18
Graceling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Kristin Cashore
19
Marked is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
20
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #9 James Dashner
Film adaptation released 2014
21
Shiver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Maggie Stiefvater
22
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added
23
Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Oliver
24
Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #11 Richelle Mead
Film adaptation released 2014
25
Fangirl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added Rainbow Rowell