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Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

Updated November 16, 2020 18.2k votes 1.3k voters 25.1k views102 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!
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    Hidden Wings
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    Hidden Wings

    Cameo Renea
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    A Wrinkle in Time
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    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle

    First Published1962

    SubjectsClassics

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Young adult literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Film adaptation released 2018

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    #14 of 179 The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time#111 of 300 The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies

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    Artemis Fowl
    239
    97

    voting closed at #3

    Artemis Fowl

    Eoin Colfer

    First Published2001-04

    SubjectsGold as an investment

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Young adult literature, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Film adaptation released 2020

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    City of Bones
    182
    66

    voting closed at #4

    City of Bones

    Cassandra Clare

    First Published2007-03-27

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Young adult literature, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Film adaptation released 2013
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    #14 of 41 The Best Young Adult Adventure Books#12 of 21 The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series

  • 5
    Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Young adult literature, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Divergent
    132
    43

    voting closed at #6

    Divergent

    Veronica Roth

    First Published2011-04-25

    Genres (Book)Utopian and dystopian fiction, Dystopia, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    Film adaptation released 2014
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  • 7
    The Giver
    146
    55

    voting closed at #7

    The Giver

    Lois Lowry

    First Published1993

    SubjectsEthics, Literature, Young adult, Classics, Children's literature

    Genres (Book)Social science, Speculative fiction, Soft science fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Film adaptation released 2014
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    #84 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time#93 of 1,234 The Best Novels Ever Written

  • 8
    The Maze Runner
    95
    26

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    The Maze Runner

    James Dashner

    First Published2009-10-06

    Genres (Book)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Dystopia, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Film adaptation released 2014
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  • 9
    Vampire Academy
    84
    36

    voting closed at #9

    Vampire Academy

    Richelle Mead

    SubjectsSchools, Vampire

    Genres (Book)Fantasy, Horror fiction, Romance novel, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish

    Film adaptation released 2014
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    #11 of 29 The Best Young Adult Fiction Series#44 of 61 Novels with the Best Love Stories

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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    151
    98

    voting closed at #10

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Ransom Riggs

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Young adult literature

    Film adaptation released 2016

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    #24 of 70 The Best Fantasy Worlds#97 of 97 The Best Books With Home in the Title

  • 11
    Fallen
    265
    239

    Fallen

    Lauren Kate

    First Published2009-12-08

    SubjectsRomance

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Fiction

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    Graceling
    209
    187

    Graceling

    Kristin Cashore

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 13
    Stargirl
    142
    122

    Stargirl

    Jerry Spinelli

    First Published2000-08-08

    SubjectsEducation, Young adult, Adolescence, Schools, Arizona

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 14
    Paper Towns
    53
    44

    voting closed at #14

    Paper Towns

    John Green

    First Published2008

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Film adaptation released 2015
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  • 15
    The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

    SubjectsSupernatural

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller, Fiction, Young adult literature, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    #66 of 94 The Best Books for Teens#92 of 120 The Best Fantasy Book Series

  • 16
    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    First Published1990

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Young adult literature, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 17
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    Saving Zoe

    Alyson Noel
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  • 18
    The House with a Clock in Its Walls
    38
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    voting closed at #18

    The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    John Bellairs

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, Fantasy

    Film adaptation released 2018

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  • 19
    Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

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  • 20
    Half-blood
    66
    117

    Half-blood

    Jennifer L Armentrout
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  • 21
    The Pocket and the Pendant
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  • 22
    Still Star-crossed
    32
    76

    Still Star-crossed

    Melinda Taub
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  • 23
    City Of Masks
    32
    77

    City Of Masks

    Mary Hoffman

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Fiction

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    Unremembered
    32
    78

    Unremembered

    Jessica Brody
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  • 25
    Matched
    200
    394

    Matched

    Ally Condie

    First Published2010-11-30

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Young adult literature

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