Literature has always proved to be a great source for cinema and therefore, books can provide some great scripts for movies. All bibliophiles wait for their favorite books to be adapted to the big screen and when it happens we all wait to compare it with our beloved books. YA fiction is the most popular genre to be adapted for the big screen as teen movies are immensely popular. These are the most popular teen movies that have been adapted by equally famous books.
10. The Lovely Bones
This is a story of a dead girl who is unable to move on as she still clings to her life on earth and is not ready to let go of her loved ones. Susie is stuck in the in-between and waiting for justice as she was murdered. The book is great but the movie directed by Peter Jackson is a visual treat. The story is thrilling and leaves you on the edge of your seat.
9. The Maze Runner
If you loved the Hunger games then chances are you will also love this dystopian series by James Dashner. The series has been adapted into movies that got a good response and have a fan base. The story revolves around some teenagers who find themselves trapped inside a huge maze with reasons unknown. The series takes you on a lot of thrilling adventures alongside these kids which makes for some good movies as well.
8. To all the boys I’ve loved before
This Netflix teen movie made us all wish we were still in high school. Adapted from the book by author Jenny Han, ‘To all the boys I’ve loved before’ is th story of Lara Jean who writes love letters to all her crushes but never posts them. One day the letters get posted and her life turns a bit too exciting. From Lara Jean’s cute outfits to the chemistry between LJ and Peter Kavinsky, it all fits very well in the movie.
7. Love, Simon
One of the most heart-warming Romantic teen films that have come out in the past few years is Love, Simon. The story of a closeted boy who is searching for his pen pal and crush that goes by the username Blue. The cast is good and Jennifer Garner as the supportive mother is simply amazing. The movie is based on the book called ‘Simon vs the Homo sapiens agenda’ and is written by Becky Albertalli.
6. Little Women (2019)
Even though this classic has been adapted for the screen multiple times now, the 2019 movie directed by Greta Gerwig really left us in awe. The film really touched the essence of the book and had some strong performances that led to the Oscar nominations as well. If you love the book then this is a must watch. Also, Saoirse Ronan can play any character and give a stellar performance.
5. The Fault in our Stars
This John Green book became immensely popular when it was adapted for the big screen starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. The story is based on Hazel Green who is battling cancer and her relationship with Augustus Waters who is a cancer survivor too. The movie did justice to the sensitive themes of the book and the lead actors had some great chemistry.
4. Perks of being a Wallflower
This is the story of a socially awkward teen called Charlie who is a complicated kid but the experiences he has had at a young age make him more mature than most. The coming of age novel written by Stephen Chbosky was later turned into a teen movie that was critically acclaimed and loved by the fans. The interesting thing is that the movie was directed by the author of the book himself!
You may love it or hate it but the Twilight series is one of the most popular teen books and movies of the past decade. The series has almost as many haters as it has fans and apparently it is still equally popular even after so many years as author Stephanie Meyer recently came out with another book which is already a bestseller. The movies starred Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the lead roles who became extremely famous after their role in this series.
2. Hunger Games
Another young adult favorite series is Suzanne Collin’s Hunger games that was adapted into a successful movie series as well starring Jennifer Lawrence. What set this apart from the other YA books was the dystopic theme and social commentary on the real world. The movies soon became extremely famous with a huge fan base. Suzanne Collins recently came out with a prequel for the HG books and it is rumored that it might get adapted for the big screen as well.
1. Harry Potter
Of course the most popular book and film series is the tale of the boy who lived. When the Harry Potter series came out in the late 90s, they instantly became a worldwide phenomenon and JK Rowling became the most successful female fantasy author. The books were soon adapted into one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and the rest is history. The series became a benchmark for YA film adaptations from then.