As an avid reader of young adult lit, I get really, really excited when I find that one of my favorites is about to be made into a movie. Some are really well done (I’m looking at you, Hunger Games!) and some are, ahem, slightly painful (Oh, but they destroyed The Mortal Instruments! Yikes!). Luckily, this year is turning out to be a (potentially–fingers crossed!) great year for the YA lit movie.
First up, we have the first of the Divergent books by Veronica Roth getting the Hollywood treatment. For those of you who have already delved into this series, you already know that while violence may be a bit high, so too is young adult (and, heck with it, adult) reader interest. If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy these yet, you definitely, definitely should!! The pages fly by. This movie is set for release March 21st, so you still have time to enjoy the book (or entire series??) before ordering the popcorn! The official trailer is here:
Second, though perhaps the most moving book ever, John Greene’s highly acclaimed and internationally adored book, The Fault in Our Stars, is being released in the theaters this summer (June, I believe). Having taught this book to ESL students, it holds a special place in my heart as the book that got the greatest emotional response (perhaps along with Wonder) out of any of my students. Not just tears, either–they laughed with Hazel and August, cried with them, got angry with them, but also just felt them as people and fated young lovers in a way that I truly hadn’t anticipated–especially for those from different cultural/language/societal backgrounds. If you haven’t read this book, you absolutely need to do yourself a favor and pick it up–you won’t regret it. In the meantime, the official trailer has been released: