While it is far from uncommon for Hollywood to turn a popular novel into a film, or even a Television series, there seems to be an influx of films based on popular young adult novels. From The Hunger Games to The Fault in Our Stars, Hollywood cannot seem to get enough of these adaptations. Below is a list of upcoming films that are based on popular novels for young adults.
The Giver by Lois Lowery
Perhaps more widely thought of as a children’s books, the film adaptation of Lois Lowery’s classic novel will be released on August 15, 2014. Published in 1993, The Giver is the winner of the 1994 Newberry Medal has been the subject of quite a bit of controversy. Challenged for thematic elements and language, the book was removed from several school libraries in the mid-nineties. The story follows a young man named Jonas as he struggles to come to grips with the discovery that the society he lives in has been robbed of individuality and free thinking. The film stars Meryl Streep, Krenton Thwaites, and Jeff Bridges. It will be released on August 15, 2014.
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
Gayle Foreman’s 2009 novel, If I Stay, is about a young girl in a coma trying to decide whether or not she should wake up after a tragic accident. The story is told in a series of flashbacks seen from the perspective of Mia as she lays in a coma as she remembers the family she lost and thinks of the people she will leave behind if she chooses to die. The film, starting Chloe Grace Moretz, will be released on August 22, 2014.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Often recommended to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent, James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is a Dystopian novel that follows a young man named Thomas as he struggles to survive a mysterious maze. Thomas arrives at the center of the maze, called the Glade, with no memory and no indication of how or why he is there. He meets a group of young men that have set up their own small society within the Glade, having survived by growing their own food and establishing a governing council. Shortly after his arrival, a young girl named Teresa arrives, changing everything. The book is the first in The Maze Runner trilogy and is followed by The Scorch Trials and The Death Curse. The movie stars Dyaln O’Brien, Thomas Sangster, Will Poulter, and Kaya Scodelario. It will be released on September 19, 2014.