Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Teen Menu

With every day, there seems to be all kinds of interesting young adult fiction news. It's a hot genre for movie makers now, so there are lots of deals in the works or already in production.

Author John Green talks about his book The Fault in Our Stars being made into a movie.

One of the YA book-to-movie adaptations I'm most looking forward to is for The Maze Runner. Here's an interview with some of the main players -- lead star Dylan O'Brien (who I love as Stiles in MTV's Teen Wolf), author James Dashner and others.

I think most of us love when movie adaptations follow our favorite books as closely as they can, but that's not always possible. Recently, three changes to the upcoming Catching Fire (second in the Hunger Games trilogy) were revealed. Click here if you want to know what they are.

We are only 11 days away from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hitting theaters. Yay! Also, in related news, I'm going to be dressing as a Shadowhunter at Dragon*Con this year. I'll get someone to take my photo and try to remember to post it next month.

Also, I'd like to add a new change coming to this column beginning next month. I'm going to be mixing things up a little. Some months I'll include a review of something I've read. Others, I'll be interviewing YA authors about their books and writing in the young adult genre. So, stay tuned!

And since we talked a lot about movie adaptations this month, what young adult book would you like to see turned into a movie?

17 comments:

  1. I haven't read a YA book in a while, but it seems like all the books I have are being snapped up for movies.

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    1. You're right, Mary. There are lots and lots of YA deals being made.

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  2. I just finished reading John Green's A Fault In Our Stars and it was one of the best books I ever read. Right up there with Marcus Zusack's The Book Thief. I didn't know it was being made into a movie so thanks for telling me. The topic was sad but it was so brilliantly written and so funny it was truly a unique book. I will be first in line to see the movie. I'd like to see The Book Thief made into a movie if it hasn't already been.

    Marilyn Baron

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    1. Marilyn, I was just telling my husband's aunt about The Book Thief yesterday. It's a marvelous book, and the way Zusak uses language is just beautiful. It is being made into a movies. It's actually coming out in November. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816442/

      I haven't yet read The Fault in Our Stars, but it's on my short list.

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    2. Thanks, Trish. I can't wait to see The Book Thief in the movies. You absolutely have to read The Fault in Our Stars.

      Marilyn Baron

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  3. Good Morning Trish! Movie adaptation? Funny you should ask. I just finished Katie McGarry's DARE YOU TO and O. M. G. This book, this incredible, insightful, story would make an awesome movie. It touches on issues from adolescent love to dealing with the gritty realities of life and the bonds of friendship so important to young people (to all of us really). I would buy the large popcorn for this adaptation.

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  4. Most of my YA books have been lent to me by my oldest daugher (late 20's) and I've enjoyed them all. Unfortunately, now that she has an ereader I don't get to read those stories anymore. I guess I've just not had them in my radar and need to start paying attention lol.

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    1. catslady, they are so popular now that I'm betting your local library has a good collection. I know my library really improved and increased its YA collection a few years ago.

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  5. My absolutly favorite teen books are The Vampire Academy!! I would love to see them turned into a movie series :)
    I would love to see Lauren Kate's fallen Series turned into a movie also

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    1. You're in luck, Savannah. Both are currently in production with release dates currently slated for next year.

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    2. That is awesome!! I can't believe I didn't know that :)!!

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  6. I love YA, Trisha. Right now I have the pleasure of reading an ARC of Sherry Thomas's up-coming new YA, "The Burning Sky." It's the first book in her YA trilogy and is truly excellent.

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    1. Oh, what are they about? I know Sherry is a great writer but didn't know she was moving into YA.

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  7. Hi, Trish! Two things... First, I am SO looking to Catching Fire. Second, I've heard a lot of buzz about The Fault in Our Stars. I must check it out. And third, I cannot wait to see a picture of you at Dragon*Con!!!

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  8. I haven't read many YA books in the past 4 years. Prior to that, I was a children's librarian and very pleased with the quality and quantity of YA books coming out. There were some good middle school level book/series that would make good series, too. there have been complaints that so much of it is fantasy or paranormal, but they are well written and most importantly, they are getting teens to read.

    It has been a long time since I looked at the first books in the series, but Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey books would probably make a good movie or mini-series.

    thanks for the updates on what is going on in the YA world. I miss it. It was enjoyable reading what was coming out and making sure I kept the shelves stocked with books I knew they would enjoy, even if they were not my style.

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