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Young Adult fiction has been exploding for nearly a decade, resulting in huge franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. Movie producers haven’t ignored this, and in recent years, we’ve had a spate of big budget, big name young adult movies. Check out these 13, including some lesser known flicks you might have missed, forgotten, or overlooked.
1. Vampire Academy (2014)
This YA novel about a Dhampir guardian to the vampire elite became a movie starring Zoey Deutch. In the wake of Twilight, the romance and vampires were enough to make the book popular enough to catch the eye of movie studios.
2. Stormbreaker (2006)
The Alex Rider series has been gaining popularity since the first book was published in 2000, and studios cashed in with a movie of the first book, Stormbreaker. It follows the exploits of Alex as he becomes a young spy.
3. Speak (2004)
From the critically acclaimed novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, the Speak movie stars YA favorite Kristen Stewart in her pre-Twilight years. The story follows high-schooler Melinda after she is rendered selectively mute by an unnamed trauma.
4. The Golden Compass (2007)
Unfortunately, the movie adaptation of The Golden Compass was a big disappointment to many fans of the book, which inspires the same fierce devotion as series like Harry Potter. The series features Lyra Belacqua venturing to the far North to understand some suspicious goings on in the church.
5. The Maze Runner (2014)
One of the few male-oriented YA books, Maze Runner focuses on Thomas, a boy who wakes up with no memory in a maze that traps a whole colony of other children. It was released last year amid the excitement over Divergent and The Hunger Games.
6. Artemis Fowl (forthcoming)
A perennial favorite for young adults (and one of my youthful reading endeavors), the Artemis Fowl series has been a long time coming as a movie. Look for it from Disney in the next few years to hear about a boy genius and his interactions with fairies.
7. The Princess Diaries (2001)
One of the very first YA movies, The Princess Diaries started the focus on young women as legitimate consumers of movies that might like some films to suit their tastes. In this case, the movie draws from Meg Cabot’s story about an awkward teen who discovers she is the princess of a tiny European country. This was also Anne Hathaway’s first breakout role.
8. Ella Enchanted (2004)
Another early Anne Hathaway effort, Ella Enchanted is a retelling of Cinderella in which Ella is actually cursed to obey any direct order. In a fun cameo, Cary Elwes of The Princess Bride stars as the evil uncle.
9. Divergent (2014)
Hollywood’s latest YA darling, Shailene Woodley, stars in this dystopian story of a society ruled by factions. Building directly on the success of The Hunger Games, this movie follows the trend of dark and gritty YA stories with strong female leads.
10. City of Bones (2013)
Adapted from the popular Mortal Instruments series, this movie is the first about the Shadowhunters, warriors who protect the world from dark creatures. The main character, Clary, follows the common pattern of powerful women leading YA movies.
11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
One of Emma Watson’s first post-Harry Potter endeavors, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an intimate story of the introverted Charlie and his growth into a free spirited adolescent.
12. Ender’s Game (2013)
Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel was turned into a movie two years ago, picking up on the young adult craze. Ender is a child genius recruited to help protect Earth from alien invaders. Sounds ridiculous, but as evidenced by its lasting popularity, the book touches on some important human themes.
13. The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
If anyone has a corner on the YA market, it’s John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars. It was only a matter of time before one of his bestselling novels made it onto the big screen, and TFIOS did it in a big way. In the opening weekend alone it made $48,002,523 and launched the career of Shailene Woodley.