I have watching a lot of films this month. Especially YA film adaptations. I love watching all these amazing YA books be adapted into film. I am glad that YA is getting the recognition it needs in the film world. It got me thinking about what I think are my must watch YA film adaptations!
Based on the novel Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, seventeen-year-old Simon Spier life is a little bit complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he is unsure of the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Katherine Langford. Love, Simon is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. I love this adaptation so much it is exactly how I imagined it would be.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Based on the novel of the same name by Jenny Han, sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps all her love letters in a hatbox that her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters written to her, they are ones she has written herself. One for every bot that she has ever loved; there is five in total. One day Lara Jean’s secret love letters are mailed out and her life goes from imaginary to out of control. This adaptation hasn’t even been out 2 weeks yet and I have watched it multiple times. This adaptation is so perfect and makes me cry every time. Also the diversity in this book and how it was stuck to in the film makes me incredibly happy.
Based on the novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon. Maddy is a smart, curious and imaginative eighteen-year-old who is unable to leave her hermetically-sealed house because of an illness. Olly is the boy-next-door who won’t let Maddy’s illness stop them being together. Talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that makes them risk everything to be together. Another YA adaptation I love. This was one of my favourite books a couple of years ago and I wanted it to be made into a film. Amanda Stenberg and Nick Robinson bring Maddy and Olly to life perfectly.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Based on the novel of the same name by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick cannot stop being obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Tris. This is until Tris’ friend Norah suddenly shows interest in him at a club. This leads to an odd night filled with ups and downs as Nick and Norah keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend. All of this whilst trying to find Norah’s drunk friend Caroline. As the night comes to an end, Nick and Norah have to figure out what they want from one another. This is one of the adaptations I actually watched before reading the book. I read the book immediately after finishing the film and I loved them both.
Based on the novel of the same name by John Green, young and shy Quentin is in for the night of his life when Margo, who is the most popular student in high school, recruits him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The day after, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. Quentin with the help from a few buddies and some cryptic clues that Margo left behind, Quentin embarks on a journey to find the girl who stole his heart and made him feel truly alive. This adaptation is one of my favourites. I loved both the film and book. I also want more YA adaptions with Nat Wolff as the lead actor.
There are even more YA film adaptations coming out in the next couple of years including The Hate U Give and All the Bright Places. I’m sure these will be must watch films too!
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Until next time,