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Teen Board Question - July 2018, Part 1

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - July 2018, Part 1

Summer is the season for blockbusters --- aka the movies that nearly everyone rushes out to see. While we love a good movie, the ones that really draw our attention are the ones based on books. This month, we asked our Teen Board members which of their favorite books they would adapt as either movies or television shows and why? Read Part 1 of their answers below and click here for Part 2.

I think I would definitely pick my favorite series of all time which is the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas! They’re adapting this book series into a movie and I’m hoping they succeed!! In my opinion I think this would be better adapted into a television show so they would be able to show the character development and the world building. I do not know who I would cast. I have not come across anyone who would play the perfect Rhysand. But I think Tom Felton should play Lucien because that’s who I picture when I read the books! I’m hoping that the first movie does well so we can see A COURT OF MIST AND FURY be adapted because that would be an amazing movie!! --- Abigail D.

I would love to see a movie of WARCROSS. I think it would be really cool to see an on screen interpretation of all the different technology. I also think it would be a great opportunity to bring more talented Asian actors into the spotlight. I could easily see WARCROSS as a hit movie. --- Alice D.

I want a movie based off of the Molly Moon series so badly. Definitely partly to fulfill a childhood dream of mine to see my favorite book series turned into a movie but also in part because it would make a fantastic movie series. The special effects and fantastical nature of the plot would make the cinematography something amazing to watch. As for actresses/actors I think Emma Watson would make my dream Molly but I think she is too old now! --- Anna L.

If I could adapt or re-adapt a favorite series of mine, I would choose to re-adapt The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare as a series of movies. I watched the first couple of episodes of "Shadowhunters", the TV show adaptation, but I really did not like it. Not only is "Shadowhunters" just not the kind of show I usually watch, I also feel like it doesn't do an amazing series like The Mortal Instruments justice. Also, there was only a movie adaptation made for CITY OF BONES. I would love to see a re-adaptation that stays as true to the books as possible and is just a great as the books. The Mortal Instruments (and all of Cassie Clare's Shadowhunter books) is one of my all time favorites series. It is incredibly creative, well-written, and the storyline and characters are great. I'm not really sure which actors/actresses I would want to see in an adaptation (mainly because I don't know of many) but, a re-adaptation that is able to show how great the series is would be amazing! --- Ansley K.
If I could readapt one of my favorite books into a movie, it would have to be I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore. The current movie barely follows the book and caused me some frustration. I would also readapt The Mortal Instruments TV show. A lot of things that happen in the TV show, don't happen in the book. --- Ashley D.
The book I’d like to see most as a movie would be ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell. It’s a beautiful story and I know I would cry so much watching a film version. I think it tackles real issues and people who don’t know the book could enjoy the story as much as the rest of us. My friends and I have discussed which people from school would be best to play each character and we all have our own (very strong) opinions on who we would cast. --- Becky N.
Even though it was just recently released, I would LOVE to see SAVE THE DATE by Morgan Matson adapted into a movie. The plot already seems like something that would work well on the screen, and I could easily see it appealing to a wide range of people. I would also enjoy seeing a TV adaptation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series that would actually remain somewhat true to the books. I think there would also be a lot more details included if it were to be a TV show, as opposed to a movie. --- Breck G.
Earlier this year, I read TRULY DEVIOUS by Maureen Johnson for Teen Reads. While reading, I could not stop imagining the novel as a film, since there were so many vibrant characters, a lush, boarding school atmosphere and a plot full of heart-stopping mystery, romance, and intrigue. As a future film student, I imagined the scenes, sets and actors in my mind --- and even some of the songs that could possibly be on the soundtrack. While I had some images of characters in my brain, I do not like matching them to actors or actresses; I like imagining my own characters. Either way, TRULY, DEVIOUS would make a fantastic film, and I would be first in line to see it at the theatre. --- Bryn D.

If I could adapt one book I love, I would pick The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. It scares me to say that due to the not-so-good finished products of both the tv show and movie for The Mortal Instruments, but in a perfect world, I would love to see The Infernal Devices as a mini-series as long as it was actually done right. I’m terrible with fan casting but I’d love to see Timothee Chalamet thrown in there because I think he’s an excellent actor and a good age for the characters. Maybe he’d work as one of the Lightwood brothers? Overall, I’d rather have the series casted with unknown actors that look the right age for the characters rather than actors who are already pretty popular. --- Brynn S.

I always have trouble with watching movies based off of books because they usually fall short of the high bar the book sets, so I would love to make my own. I would love to make a movie adaptation of SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman. It’s such a unique idea, which is always essential for a movie. I am terrible at knowing actors and actresses, so I have no idea who I would cast. But it would be very fun for the costumes for the Scythes. Since mostly everyone can love forever, I would have them a shade fuller then the Scythes, who actually can live. Mainly, I would love to watch this movie, so if I had to make it to be able to watch it, I would. --- Caitlyn K.

Young adult books are one of the things that big movie companies need to get to, all of these stories would be excellent on the screen. One book I would love to be adapted would be CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber. CARAVAL provides readers with a magical, whimsical experience that enchants all who read it. I believe that if it were turned into a movie, it will be a mesmerizing movie that will quickly grab and keep the attention of the viewers. The magical circus would bee a gorgeous element to bring to life on the screen, and the romance will leave the audience members swooning in their seats. One actress that could play Scarlett, the protagonist, would be Bakan Kau Punya, a Malaysian actress. Not only is she recognized for being an excellent actress, but her personality and looks fills the role. --- Daniella R.

If I could adapt any book to a movie I would pick ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. This book would make a perfect rom-com film and it also has the perfect setting. I would love to watch the characters walk around Paris and there could be some amazing shots that incorporate iconic sights from the city. I don't have any actors in mind but I've always pictured St. Clair as Harry Styles so if he wanted to take up acting again, I could definitely see him in this movie. --- Danielle F.

Every reader knows that one of the worst book to movie adaptations out there is the THE LIGHTNING THIEF movie. So if I had to pick one book series to adapt to the screen, I would choose Percy Jackson and the Olympians to adapt into a TV show. I would definitely want Rick Riordan to write all the episodes since he knows the characters and story so well. Each chapter would be an episode, and each book would be a season. I think it would also be amazing to have some new Hollywood blood --- actors and actresses who haven’t been in much else --- to play the roles of Percy, Annabeth, Grover and so on. My only wish for the casting of these parts is that they are accurate to the book descriptions of the characters. Annabeth should be blonde, Percy should have sea green eyes and they should all be 12 years old. --- Ellie T.

A book  that I would like to re-adapt is VAMPIRE ACADEMY! I just feel like the movie they made didn’t portray the book very well. It wasn’t as dramatic as I had hoped. I would cast better actors than the original ones they chose, they were honestly a little disappointing. --- Emily F.

I think I speak for a large amount of the Percy Jackson fandom when I say that I would re-adapt the movies. I honestly didn't really mind the plotline changes and I know people who didn't read the books but loved the movie. However, I agree that staying at least a little bit more true to the books could have made the movies more successful. Anyway, I thought the cast's performance was great! If I could recast for a Percy Jackson MOVIE I would probably stick with the same cast. What I definitely would change is the movie plotline. There were so many things that movies missed! Sadly, there isn't enough time to include everything. That is why I would not make the series into a movie but a TV show! If I could recast for a Percy Jackson TV SHOW then I would definitely aim for a younger cast. That way the viewers can grow up with the Percy Jackson crew. --- Flor H.

I would love to adapt THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray into a movie. I feel like the story would sell really well because it is so different than anything out in theaters at the moment. The cast would draw audiences of all kinds because every person in the movie theater could find themselves within or resonate with one of Bray’s incredibly diverse characters. The setting of 1920s New York City is very refreshing for a teen audience and considerably current. The 1920s was a time for teenagers to defy the status quo and redefine themselves, much like the trends that young adults are experiencing in society today. There is a considerably large cast in this book, so it’s hard to pick actors that could fill every role off the bat. Selfishly, I would love to see Andy Mientus portray Henry DuBois. Andy’s character, Kyle, in "Smash" behaves very similarly to Henry. Both are incredibly loyal to their friends, involved in the Broadway scene and are gay characters. Mientus is such a phenomenal actor. I know he would be absolutely amazing in the role. For the most part, I would love to see a cast of actors and actresses that are new to the scene to portray the different Diviners. Libba Bray’s series in and of itself feels so special because it is out of the ordinary. There is absolutely nothing else like it on shelves or onscreen. It would feel very in the spirit of the story to cast debut performers. --- Gabby B.

I would love to see Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes series as a TV series. I can definitely see these books as the next "Game of Thrones" show following. A TV series would allow much more time than a movie to be dedicated to the intricacies of this world and characters. Helene, Laia and Elias could easily rotate episodes and occasionally cross over every few episodes. I don't have any specific actors or actresses in mind, but I love to be surprised with cast announcements.--- Grace P.

I would love to see SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo as either a movie or television show. I can't decide, but I am also scared the adaptation would get ruined if in screen form. Many books that have been adapted to TV shows and movies have strayed from the original book(s) and I would definitely not want that to happen to SIX OF CROWS because I love it so much. I'm not very good at fan casting but I feel like it would be funny to see Brendon Urie as Kaz. --- Ilona K.

There is definitely a book series I would like to re-adapt! I would re-adapt the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. There have actually been talks online about how it would make a great Netflix show, possibly even animated. The movies were an utter disaster, even Rick agrees. But with the size of the world, I think it would make a great adaption. This is actually already in the works, but I would love to see an adaption of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! I imagine the show as a Game of Thrones-esque epic! --- Isabel C.