Ranking the YA Books into Movies for (the rest of) 2014:
I'm a little obsessed with books into movies, especially YA adaptations. I've been so crunched for time that I haven't been able to do any "Books into Movies" posts this year. Divergent and Vampire Academy have already come out. VA flopped in theaters and Divergent was left with a mixed audience. Though they are pumping up gear for the Divergent sequels. And has anyone heard about the rumors to split the third book into two movies? No? Yes? I've heard lots of dissention from fans. After watching The Hobbit: Part 2 and realizing it only contained 5 f'ing chapters from the book, I'm joing the side of "do not split up a book into 2 movies pleeeeease" and then we have to file a disclaimer *unless it's Harry Potter.
There's still plenty of YA adaptations coming out this year that we should all be looking forward to. TFIOS, anyone? I'm going to rank the 2014 YA movies in order of excitement. This is also my prediction in how well they will do in the box office.
1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
First of all, watch this trailer...
Now, tell me you didn't cry. If you didn't, you need to go see a therapist. You are made of stone, my friend. In all honesty, I've never read this book but the movie looks perfectly cast and scripted. The parents look so original. Rocker parents? I love it! And the emotion that I know will come from this film is already seeping into the trailer. It's my pick to win it all. Bonus Points: Casting an unknown for Adam. Perfection.
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This is really a close second to If I Stay and if I could, I'd really make a tie. Dylan O'Brien is my favorite actor in Teen Wolf and when I saw him cast as the lead in The Maze Runner, I was a ball of excitement. And then this happened...
Yeah, that trailer looks phenomenal! I haven't read the book, but I've heard it's perfect for a big screen adaptation. Here's to hoping the movie is on point.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by Josh Green
You may be wondering why this isn't higher on the list, considering all the hype. I LOVED the book, and I was pretty damn excited to see it become a movie. But there's something about John Green genius prose that I worried would be hard to translate to film. And then we get the trailer...
I was initially concerned with this casting for Hazel, but Shailene totally proved me wrong. She's looks like a much better Hazel than a Tris, and she nailed the emotional moments. My problem, oddly, was with Ansel Elgort as Gus. For some reason, he comes off as trying so hard to be cool rather than just being who Gus naturally is. The humor is just...overly pretentious and not like how the humor hits in John Green's books at all. I hope, sincerely, that Elgort nails it in the movie and that I pegged it wrong. But for that reason it's my number three.
4. Mockingjay (Part One) by Suzanne Collins
This is the one book of the series that I haven't read. I've heard it's the lesser of the three, and since my favorite book (Book 2) had already hit the box office, I'm not that excited about this one.
5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
Unlike most classes, mine did not have this book as required reading, and I never got around to reading it later on. The hype is so much more subdued for this movie than the others, which is why I'm thinking it won't have a very strong box office opening. But...I will save my judgement until the trailer releases. So right now it's at the bottom, but it has a chance to reach the top.
Honorable Mention: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This is an honorable mention because it's not a YA book (obviously). I haven't read this one either. I know, I'm slacking, guys! Anyway, this movie looks badass. Ben Affleck, yes please. I also love me some mystery thrillers.
What's your rank for the movies coming out the rest of this year? And have you seen Divergent or Vampire Academy yet? What did you think? Sound off below!