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June Teen Board Question: Books to Films!

Teen Board Monthly Question

June Teen Board Question: Books to Films!

With bestselling novels like THE FAULT IN OUR STARS coming to theaters this summer, and with many other beloved books being turned into movies over the years, we asked our Teen Board members: Which book would you like to see adapted into a movie, and why?

 

 
THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith is about two teenagers who meet by chance at the airport and gradually start to form an endearing and authentic relationship over the span of a day. If this novel was adapted correctly, I believe it would be an amazingly profound and enchanting movie for all ages --- except maybe children due to mature, but not inappropriate, content. The airport setting and the varying backgrounds of the characters is similar (in my opinion) to those of Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the movie The Terminal, although the story does venture out of the airport. I know that this would be a refreshing tale different from anything released of late.
-- Sara J.
 
I would love to see FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell adapted into a movie. It's such a wonderful book and I would love to see the characters come to life on the big screen. 
-- Aliza M.
 
My answer to this question might sound strange and juvenile, but ever since I was an 8-year-old girl in third grade, I have wanted the book THE ANYBODIES by N.E. Body to be made into a movie. I'm not sure why this book has remained in my mind --- to be honest, I've forgotten most of the plot, and I can't even remember the name of the main character, but I continue to recall the magical and wonderful feeling that the book gave me as I was reading it. THE ANYBODIES made me feel like the world was bigger than I imagined it to be, and expanded my 8-year-old inventiveness tremendously. I walked down my elementary school hallways, suddenly sure that I had occult powers I had yet to discover, and that one day they would reveal themselves to me. Making a movie out of this book would allow me to reclaim some of my childhood wonder and possibility, and for this reason I sincerely hope THE ANYBODIES is adapted into a film.
-- Cadyn D.
 
A book that I would love to be made into a movie is DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor, but only if it stayed true to the book. Taylor writes in a way that makes you visualize the events happening in the book in your head. Her writing is beautiful and full of imagery which makes you create pictures in your head of what is happening in the book. There are also many elements of supernatural in this book, which would look amazing on the big screen, if done right of course. As with any book to movie adaption, there is a possibility that the movie will completely ruin the book. However, there is also the possibility that the movie could be a very good adaptation of the book and showcase what is so great about it But because of the supernatural elements and the imagery-filled writing, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor would make an awesome movie.
-- Pranshu A.
 
The one book that I would love to see on screen is UNWIND by Neal Shusterman. While reading this book, I sometimes thought to myself, “If this got turned into a movie, how would they do it?” The concept is something I never read or saw before. But, knowing that Hollywood can make anything happen, I would love to see how they portray the process of unwinding. In my head, I visualize the process in two ways: manual surgery with real doctors or everything technology-based. Many people say movies are never as good as books, but this would be the one movie I’d be willing to wait in line for at the midnight premiere.  
-- ThanhTu N.
 
The book that I would absolutely love to see made into a movie is MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent. It's the first book in the Soul Screamers series. I think it would be an exciting movie that is unlike the typical vampire and werewolf novels that are popular today. Instead, there are characters like screaming banshees and teenage reapers. The plot is also clever and mysterious, with plenty of straightforward romance. Perhaps the biggest reason I want to see this book made into a movie is to see the two Hudson brothers in real life. Whatever the reason, I would definitely love to see a movie of MY SOUL TO TAKE.
-- Lynn W.
 
The Legend series by Marie Lu is my all-time favorite book series, so naturally, I've been dying for these books to become adapted into movies. One of the biggest trends seen in today's cinema action is young adult novels becoming adapted for the big screen, and I think LEGEND has the potential to become the next great blockbuster. LEGEND is filled with pulsing romance, heart-stopping action and unforgettable characters. LEGEND just has a certain quality that attracts not only readers, but fans of exciting movies as well. The second time I re-read this series (okay maybe it was the fifth or sixth time!) I started to "dream cast" some of the perfect modern movie stars to fit the roles of LEGEND's most enigmatic characters, Day and June. So if any move producers/screenwriters/celebrities-with-power are reading this, I'm telling you that LEGEND should DEFINITELY become a movie.
-- Jayne C.
 
There are so many books I can definitely see being adapted into films, but the one I would love to see the most would be the Heist Society series by Ally Carter. To see Kat Bishop on the big screen being the stealthy thief she is would be amazing. The chemistry between her and her best friend Hale is captivating on paper, but would be even more beautiful on screen. I adore the spy genre and HEIST SOCIETY would make a remarkable action movie for all teens. And those who never read the books would be constantly wondering "How is Kat going to pull this heist off now?" It would be awesome to experience this book in theaters.
--Katherina T.
 
I can think of a couple of great books that would make excellent movies but what I really want to see is THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass being made into a TV show. The series is a bit bland to be a good movie but as a TV show? It would be amazing. I imagine it to be something like "The Bachelor" but more YA. There was a brief moment last year where we thought this might happen but then that was shot down and left us --- THE SELECTION fandom ---  very disappointed. It would be amazing to see all the stunning gowns and dresses with some rebel action thrown in. The best part would be the romance; it would be absolutely sizzling.
-- Harman K.
 
Although it can be interesting to watch a movie of one of your favorite books, many readers have the fear that the movie will be completely different than the book and so decide that it might be better if a movie was not made at all. Even though I often feel this way about my favorite books, I would be more willing to see books that are filled with action adapted into movies, if only because such movies might feature entertaining special effects even if the plot of the book isn't followed closely.  I also discovered that all of the books that I very much enjoyed and I am willing to see adapted into a movie have --- or soon will be ---- made into a movie.  I have decided that, because books can be such a rich source of ideas for plot and character, almost every book that enjoys decent sales will be made into a movie eventually.
-- Rachel B.
 
I would love to see SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo made into a movie because I think the world of that story is so interesting and captivating. I would love to see the story play out on the big screen, and I think it would appeal to a wide range of audiences!
-- Kate F.
 
There are so many books would make wonderful movies; this is a really hard question! Knowing that a movie will never be exactly how the book was, I think a really good choice would be THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray. It's the sort of book that just feels like a movie as you're reading. The scenery is vividly described in such detail that you get goosebumps from and keep looking over your shoulder as you flip through the pages. It's dark, fascinating, and the movie could not possibly fail. Everybody likes a paranormal flick, right?
-- Sydney L.
 
One book I would love to see made into a movie is THE RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen. Or maybe not. I'm sure you fellow bookworms out there know what it's like when a book is so amazing that you couldn't bear to have anyone ruin it. This book is special to me and easily makes it onto my top-ten-best-books-ever-read list. This is the raw story of a high-school girl, Jessica. She's a runner --- and it's not a mere hobby, it's part of her identity. When a tragic bus crash requires leg amputation, Jessica thinks her life is over. Her plans for the future (track scholarships), her day-to-day life, and --- most importantly to her --- the ability to run are all lost. THE RUNNING DREAM brings you through Jessica's anguish, her painful recovery, and the simultaneous alienation and rubbernecking social spotlight she experiences. Yet from her place in a wheelchair at the back of the classroom, she befriends Rosa, a smart, friendly girl with cerebral palsy. With the label of "disability" now turned on her, Jessica seeks a way to show the rest of the world the Rosa she knows, even as it turns out her dreams of running may not be as impossible as they seem.
- Mary McC