Fiction Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film  

Barbara Gaston
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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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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

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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

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135 40
Cinder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added Marissa Meyer

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182 71
Uglies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Scott Westerfeld

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155 57
Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecu... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

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193 81
Matched is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Ally Condie

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164 65
Delirium is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Oliver

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126 50
Looking for Alaska is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
John Green

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109 44
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #9 Eoin Colfer

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108 45
Fallen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Kate

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88 32
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

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59 14
A Court of Thorns and Roses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

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65 21
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #2 Veronica Roth - Film adaptation released 2014

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73 27
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #1 Lois Lowry - Film adaptation released 2014

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102 54
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Madeleine L'Engle

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54 18
Graceling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Kristin Cashore

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46 13
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #9 James Dashner - Film adaptation released 2014

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98 55
Marked is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

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93 55
Shiver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Maggie Stiefvater

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55 26
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
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83 51
Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Oliver

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41 18
Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #11 Richelle Mead - Film adaptation released 2014

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78 54
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
J. D. Salinger

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69 46
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

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59 37
Fangirl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added Rainbow Rowell