Midweek Movie Mouth-Off: Which Young Adult novel series do you want to see on the big screen?

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There’s been a definite rising YA-books-to-movies trend, from the forerunners of the pack, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, to the new additions like The Maze Runner and Divergent. Now, fans of the Artemis Fowl books have started a petition to see their big screen dreams realised for a movie that’s been rumoured for quite a while. I’ve never read the Artemis Fowl books and honestly I’m not sure why – I was definitely in the right demographic for them when they came out. But, it got me thinking about the other Young Adult books I was reading back then, and which ones I would choose for a big screen adaptation.

Without a doubt I would choose K.A. Applegate’s Everworld series. If you vaguely recognise the author’s name, she also wrote the Animorphs series, which I’m pretty sure everyone read when they were kids (if you didn’t, for shame. They were awesome). If you also didn’t get to read the Everworld books, they were about a group of teenagers, all strangely connected to each other through one girl, that get pulled into another universe where all the old world gods like Loki, Athena, Isis and Huitzilopoctli reside. I think it would be perfect for a movie adaptation for a few reasons: it’s dark in tone without being dystopian in nature (which is a nice break from most of the current YA-adaptations), there are 12 books so if the first few are successful you’re in for a lengthy, lucrative series, and each book is short enough to be a stand-alone movie without needing to cut them in half, or cut too much out.

So if your favourite YA fiction series from your teens (or the one you’re currently reading, no judging) hasn’t been adapted into a movie series yet, let us know which one it is and why you think it should be on the big screen. Alternatively, if you’re sick to death of movies ruining your favourite books, tell me which one Hollywood dares not touch.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: March 11, 2015

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

  • Blood Emperor Trevor

    None. You darn kids & your YA stories. Get off my lawn!

  • I would love to see a movie based on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ready_Player_One – apparently Warner Bros have already bought the film rights and started working on a script, so might be seeing it sometime in the next few years.

  • Thanks for the shoutout, Tracy!

  • Kervyn Cloete

    Honestly, I have no problems with the YA genre, and would not mind seeing more movie adaptations of them. AS LONG AS THEY’RE SET IN SOME DYSTOPIAN FUTURE WHERE SOME LUDICROUS SINGULAR IDEA THAT NO INTELLIGENT PERSON WOULD EVER ACCEPT HAS DOMINATED THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIETY. So, no kids trying to kill each other on TV, no sticking people in mazes to discover vague cures, no segregating people based on over-simplified personalities, no making everybody colourblind, none of that totally unbelievable rubbish!

    • Andre116

      But if I was 10 years old and ruler of the earth, those would totally be my rules.

  • elysium

    His Dark Materials. The Golden Compass was an awesome film, though the decision to cut some of the themes and the whole of the ending was a bit dumb, so start again. New cast, less toned-down script, call it Northern Lights, and actually make all 3 of them back-to-back this time.
    Oh, and this might be thought more “kids” than YA (though I tend towards the latter cuz they got REALLY dark sometimes), but Silverwing… the TV show was okay, but if, like, AnimalLogic (Happy Feet; Legend of the Guardians; The LEGO Movie) did it, it’d be epic stuff.
    Lastly, Borderliners by Peter Hoeg… absolutely brutal, that novel was, so much so that it’s probably not really YA either… It does have the benefit of being a one-off and not a franchise, though, since it’d probably lose everyone totally anyways, being about time and completely non-linear to the point of bewilderment.

  • Brady miaau

    Dr Jan Elfman, What every boy / girl should know.

    Or not that type of young adult novel?

  • Gustav Willem Diedericks

    Sheesh. This is hard. There is just so much…crap out there in YA world, Ok. Fine. If I really have to choose I would say it would have to be…I got nothing. Yes, you see, when I was little I actually read proper books, such as those from Michael Crichton, Wilbur Smith and Nelson DeMille. I didn’t waste my time on stupid stories with glitterati vampires and half-baked ghost stories.

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