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Book to Movie for Teenagers

by Miriam Downey 6. August 2014 13:55

One of this summer's big movies is The Fault in our Stars based on the book by the same name by John Green. My 13-year-old granddaughters loved the movie and can't wait to read the book. In the last year or so, many exceptional young adult novels have become movies. This is not a new phenomenon, but in the past couple of years, some of my favorite young adult books have gone from the page to the movie screen. For example, the Newbery award winning novel, The Giver, by Lois Lowry will be released as a movie in August. This is the story of a utopian society and the old man who knows what society should really be like. Last year, another of my favorite The Book Thief by Markus Zusak showed up on the screen. It is a World War II story about a refugee girl in war-torn Germany. Then, of course, there are the blockbusters--Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, two series of books turned into a series of movies. Oh, and we must not forget the Lord of the Rings Trilogy turned into movies.

An article in the Los Angeles Times suggests that there are more teen novels turned into movies than usual, but the history of teen novels into movies has gone on for a very long time. I have compiled a list of great teen books that became good movies. Pair them up--read the book and then watch the movie, or the other way around.

Recent Books into Movies

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. (movie 2014).

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. (movie 2013).

The Giver by Lois Lowry. (movie 2014).

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. (movie 2013).

Inkheart by Cornelia funks. (movie 2008).

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle)  by Christopher Paolini. (movie 2006).

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. (movies 2001=2004).

Great older books and movies

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (movie 1983).

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. (movie 1965).

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. (movie 1949 and 1994) I like the 1994 version.

Sounder by William Armstrong. (movie 1972).

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. (movie 1984).

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. (movie 1987).

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. (movie 1959. Masterpiece Theater, 2010).

Of course, I could go on and on. The two following websites continue the list of books into movies. Check them out for more suggestions.

Book Riot

Teen Reads

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