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Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film 

Barbara Gaston
Updated January 21, 2020 14k votes 1.2k voters 24.7k views 94 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Cathy Creger Shelley added Cameo Renea
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Miss Peregrine's Home fo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #8 Ransom Riggs

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

Film adaptation released 2016

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Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #9 Eoin Colfer

First Published: 2001-04

Subjects: Gold as an investment

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

Original Language: English Language

Film adaptation released 2020

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City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #4 Cassandra Clare

First Published: 2007-03-27

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

Original Language: English Language

Film adaptation released 2013
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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #1 Lois Lowry

First Published: 1993

Subjects: Ethics, Literature, Young adult, Classics, Children's literature, + more

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

Original Language: English Language

Film adaptation released 2014
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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #2 Veronica Roth

First Published: 2011-04-25

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

Film adaptation released 2014

More Divergent 

Similar Books to Divergent #46 of 123 The Best Fantasy Book Series #14 of 95 The Best Books for Teens

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #18 Madeleine L'Engle

First Published: 1962

Subjects: Classics

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

Original Language: English Language

Film adaptation released 2018

More A Wrinkle in Time 

#14 of 191 The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time #21 of 95 The Best Books for Teens #17 of 41 The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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The Alchemyst: The Secre... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Michael Scott

Subjects: Supernatural

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

Original Language: English Language

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Matched is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Ally Condie

First Published: 2010-11-30

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

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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #9 James Dashner

First Published: 2009-10-06

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

Original Language: English Language

Film adaptation released 2014
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Tithe: A Modern Faerie T... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Lyn added Holly Black

First Published: 2002

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

Original Language: English Language

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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Kate

First Published: 2009-12-08

Subjects: Romance

Genres (Book): Mystery, Fiction

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Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #11 Richelle Mead

Subjects: Schools, Vampire

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

Original Language: English

Film adaptation released 2014
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Uglies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Scott Westerfeld

First Published: 2005-02-08

Subjects: Adventure, Friendship

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Dystopia, Fiction, Young adult literature, + more

Original Language: English Language

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Throne of Glass by Sarah... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added
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Cinder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added Marissa Meyer

First Published: 2012-01-03

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Fairy tale, Young adult literature, Novel, + more

Original Language: English Language

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Delirium is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Oliver

First Published: 2012-02-07

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Paper Towns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #28 John Green

First Published: 2008

Genres (Book): Mystery, Young adult literature

Original Language: English Language

Film adaptation released 2015
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Graceling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Kristin Cashore

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Fantasy

Original Language: English Language

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Red Queen by Victoria Av... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added
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Looking for Alaska is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
John Green

Subjects: Sex, Education, Young adult, Adolescence, Friendship, + more

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

Original Language: English Language

Television adaptation released 2019

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Stargirl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Rhi0410 added Jerry Spinelli

First Published: 2000-08-08

Subjects: Education, Young adult, Adolescence, Schools, Arizona, + more

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

Original Language: English Language

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The Kiss of Deception is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Mary E. Pearson
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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Oliver

First Published: Feb 14 2010

Genres (Book): Young adult literature

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From the Mixed-Up Files ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lon Harris added E. L. Konigsburg

First Published: 1967

Subjects: Classics, Children's film, Men, 20th century, History

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

Original Language: English Language