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.
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Last Updated: March 11, 2015