Many YA books have been made into movies. Some have been good and some have been, well, less than good. Here are some YA books that I think would make great movies.
The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld is one of my all time favourite stories. It has so many elements that make it a great book: an alternative history, a prince in disguise, gender bending characters, German curse words and sweeping action packed scenes that are greatly enhanced by the illustrations in the books.
These books could really work as films as they would make great movies that are different from the YA books currently out or being made into films. I mean, damn, just look at the trailer for the first book.
If you haven't read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater then you're missing out. Really. Maggie Stiefvater is able to take what could have been a book about a horse race and instead she turns it on its head with the introduction of killer water horses and her own Maggie Stiefvater flare.
For some reason, I imagine this as a movie made by BBC. I just think they have a way of making great movies and shows. If a movie isn't made Maggie Stiefvater's trailer for the book will just have to be enough.
It took me a while to actually read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness but when I did, I loved it. It's the kind of book that when you read you sort of want to throw it out the window, but in a good way. It was just so well written and it had me invested enough to be frustrated by where it left my beloved characters.
There's a tension that's so constant in this book that it would be a great movie to watch. Also, there's one bit that if you read the book you know you'll cry if you see it on the big screen. I mean, how could that do that to ######!
I don't really remember when I picked up Across The Universe series by Beth Revis but I know that I love it. It was so different from what I expected a sci-fi book to be that I just loved it. Cool things in this book include: showing how someone can be ostracized just because they have a different skin colour, being cryogenically frozen for years while still being "awake" and how the people on the ship are brainwashed into being docile.
It's one of those movies that would not only be fun to watch but would also be aesthetically pleasing to look at, especially when Amy sees stars for the first time.
Honorable mention goes to Willow by Julia Hoban. While I would like this to be a movie it feels too personal to share with the world. It's the kind of book that you love, but that you wouldn't share with someone because sharing it would be like giving away a part of yourself.
So, what do you guys think? What YA books do you think would make great movies?
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