Fiction Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film  

Barbara Gaston
6.2k votes 896 voters 22.7k views 93 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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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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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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Uglies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Scott Westerfeld

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

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

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

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City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lauren Kate

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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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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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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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Graceling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Kristin Cashore

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Madeleine L'Engle

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

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The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added

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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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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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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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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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A Great and Terrible Beauty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

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Fangirl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
WillowHalverson added Rainbow Rowell

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An Abundance of Katherines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

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Jennifer L Armentrout is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Melissa de la Cruz

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Touch of Frost by Jennifer Est... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added

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The Immortal Rules is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Julie Kagawa

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Wicked Lovely is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Lyn added Melissa Marr

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The Summoning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Kelley Armstrong

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Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
insidejoker added David Levithan, John Green

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Firelight is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Sophie Jordan

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Just Listen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Sarah Dessen

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Stargirl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Rhi0410 added Jerry Spinelli

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Wonder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Rhi0410 added

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film

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Paper Towns is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
voting closed at #28 John Green - Film adaptation released 2015

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Elizabeth George Speare

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Half-blood by Jennifer L Armen... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added

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Dorothy Must Die is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Hobbit4Lyfe added

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Falling Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Michelle Rowen

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Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
TobuscusHolmes added Beth Revis

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The Testing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added Joelle Charbonneau

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Lon Harris added E. L. Konigsburg

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Relentless is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
pixie1 added Karen Lynch

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Born at Midnight by C.c. Hunte... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Young Adult Novels That Should Be Adapted to Film
Jessica Hoffman added