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Why you should be reading young adult novels

I have mentioned before that I predominantly read young adult books. From The Hunger Games to the Matched trilogy that I just finished, I can’t get enough of them. I think that I am satisfying my inner teenager that feels cheated because these books weren’t out when I was their target audience.

With the successful box office numbers that Twilight and The Hunger Games have produced, all of Hollywood is getting in line to make some money with the teen reading demographic. Below are upcoming movies (and a television show!) that are based on novels of the same name:

  • Divergent-an ongoing trilogy by author Veronica Roth. The movie comes out next year and it stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) as Tris.

  • Delirium-another futuristic trilogy where you are cured of love (referred to as “Delirium”) at the age of 18. The television show will air this fall and stars Emma Roberts (Scream 4) as the lead.

  • The Maze Runner-James Dashner tells the story of a boy who wakes up in a box with no memory and becomes a part of a group of male teens that are trying to run their way out of a maze. This movie will come out next February and stars Dylan O’Brien (MTV’s Teen Wolf).

  • The Mortal Instruments-Cassandra Clare has written 5 Mortal Instruments stories involving the world of Shadowhunters Clary, Jace, and their friends. She has also written a prequel trilogy to this world, The Infernal Devices. The first Mortal Instruments tale, City of Bones, will be released this August in theaters. And it was just announced that The Infernal Devices will be made into films.

I am extremely excited about each and every one of these films. Warm Bodies succeeded earlier this year by being sweet and funny. But Beautiful Creatures and The Host both bombed. Let’s hope these filmmakers do justice to these deep and rich stories so that young readers will continue to read.


Stephanie: 1 Anxiety: 0

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