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Teen Board Question - July 2018, Part 2

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - July 2018, Part 2

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? Click here for Part 1 of their answers below and read below for Part 2.

I would LOVE to see THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO adapted into a mini series (an episode for each husband) it would be amazing. I don’t have a dream cast, but that book would be PERFECT on screen. --- Jessi H.

I love book to movie adaptations, especially finding the differences between them. I would love to see CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare adapted into a movie. The first series The Mortal Instruments was made into a TV show, but I think this series and book would be such a good movie because of the era it’s set in. With the technology we have today it could be very realistic and end up being really cool. I don’t really have a cast in mind because I think this movie would be great with a cast of lesser known actors and actresses, and really make a name for themselves through CLOCKWORK ANGEL. No matter what happened with it I would definitely rush to go see this movie, and it’d be a great addition to summer movies! --- Jessica K.

I would like to readapt TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. Though it was made into a film years ago, I think more of a modern version would speak to a younger generation. Because it takes place in a southern town, I picture it to be similar to the show Hart of Dixie. The show follows a doctor who moves to Alabama to practice medicine. Though the show is modern, it has a type of southern charm, which is how I picture a newer version of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I think someone like Liam Neeson could play Atticus. --- Juliette G.

One of my all time favorite series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and I was so, so excited when they decided to come out with a movie! Unfortunately, the films turned out to be a complete and total disaster. I would still absolutely love to see a well done adaptation, but I think I'd almost prefer to see it as a TV show instead. I would also love to see some at least slightly more age-appropriate actors, considering how Percy and his friends are supposed to be 12 in the first book. --- Katie T.

Though this is not a typical novel, I have always felt that FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM would make an awesome TV series. I love the movies too! --- Lauren C.

One of my favorite books that I've always had fun picturing in my head and dreaming of a movie for it is the Shatter Me series, or just SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi. I love to picture Juliette with her powers or the mysterious Warner against the thoughtful Adam. I would love to see actors bring the story to life, it would be so cool with all of the 2018 movie tools and special effects movie makers can now accomplish. A few years ago, I would cast Jennifer Lawrence as Juliette, but now I'm beginning to think that she's already known as Katniss for me so it would be too weird. So instead I think I'd love to see someone new pulled from mere talent as Juliette. Someone like Ansel Elgort could be Adam, and I'd like an actor with a some bad-guy character experience to capture to full mystery and menacing demeanor of Warner. It would be so cool to see the movie on the big screen after knowing how intense and exciting the book was. --- Lillian B.
I would love to have the book WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart adapted into a movie. This is one of my all-time favorite novels, and I believe it would transfer to film beautifully. I have a feeling that if this book was adapted, the movie would thrive with its complex characters and edge of the seat plot.  I have no idea who I would cast for this movie, but I would want to have actors who are less known and, therefore, less likely for the audience to have strong feelings about the stars. I believe this would create a lack of confidence in the characters and their motives.  --- Mackenzie P.
I would love to see a movie based on the book WHITE RABBIT by Caleb Roehrig, which I read earlier this year. It's an amazing book about a murder mystery. It is extremely fast-paced, and keeps you on the edge of your seat; I think it would make a perfect adaption as a movie. I would choose for it to be a movie rather than a TV series because think the plot would work easier as a movie rather than a show. I wouldn't know who to cast for it though, so I don't keep track of actors/movies. If I could re-adapt I movie, I would want a re-adaption of SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. SPEAK is a heartbreaking novel that tackles the issue of rape, and while the movie based on it is good, it has become a bit outdated in my opinion. A modernized version would be amazing! --- Marco M.
I would love to see THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang be adapted into a tv show by Netflix. The book is quite long and honestly could be divided into two seasons. It also features an extremely diverse cast of actors (specifically Asian characters!). I would love to see more Asian-American representation in media. However, I can’t really think of any actors I have in mind for the show. The characters are teenagers and unfortunately, there aren’t many young Asian actors. This show explores important concepts like racism, sexism, and more. More people need to be exposed to this novel! --- Melat E.
While there are a lot of books I'd love to see get adaptations, there is one that immediately came to mind. I would love to see RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy get some sort of adaptation. In recent years we've been seeing more gay and lesbian characters on both the big and small screen. However, there still seems to be a lack of bisexual representation --- healthy representation. If RAMONA BLUE were to get a film adaptation, we'd get a movie with a healthy representation of a girl and her sexual identity. This would be representation for something that many, many people go through. But that's not all RAMONA BLUE is about. It brings up topics like race and class. Ramona is in an interracial relationship and she comes from a very poor family. These are things that I feel we haven't seen depicted all too often despite how very real they are. It's way past the time where movies should be reflecting reality just as much as it does fiction. I don't have a cast in mind. I do think that it should be a priority to have the actors actually reflect the characters in some way. I think it'd be important for Ramona's actress to be bisexual or sexually fluid; as well as the actress be tall, very tall (she's over 6' in the book!). I want to see stories told that usually aren't. RAMONA BLUE would be great for that. --- Olivia W.
I'd love to see a movie based on THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. While this is technically an adult book, it's suitable for older teens as well --- and many teens have read it! I think that the mysteries and wonders of the circus would be interesting to see on screen; the lush world that Morgenstern creates suits itself to a very visually interesting movie. I remember after reading the novel that I just wished I could spend some time in the circus --- a movie would be another way to experience such an enthralling story! I don't have any specific actors or actresses in mind for the adaptation; I'd just like to see actors who have experience playing roles in fantasy movies or other adaptations. --- Rachel R.
I would have to choose ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus because the plot of the novel is engaging and unpredictable and would adapt well to the small or big screen. The storyline revolves around a mysterious death of a high school student during detention, and the author employs viewpoints from the four main characters to create depth to the storyline, which would provide a unique framework for a TV show or film. The novel captures the angst, emotions and drama of high school but refrains from merely addressing them on a stereotypical or superficial level. I feel that ONE OF US IS LYING includes all the essential qualities needed to transfer from the pages of a novel to a TV or film production. --- Ryan H.
I would totally want to adapt The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve definitely thought long and hard about the cast and I feel like for Cress, AnnaSophia Robb would be perfect! Then maybe for Thorne, Sam Claflin (even though he is a bit older than what he would be in the film). I just think they both look the parts and also share the same personalities in works I’ve seen them play before! Also, the movies would be so much fun to watch and if they can make other Sci-Fi movies look real, they can definitely do this one justice. --- Taylor F.
I would want to readapt the Percy Jackson movies. They were just...okay. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Annabeth casting or the age of the characters. I would like to see younger characters for sure. I think that the Percy Jackson movies were utter letdowns even though the source material was quite amazing. Plus, the people who grew up reading the Percy Jackson series as children are now older, and the nostalgia factor would be high. --- Wren L.