Don’t Judge a book by its movie!
Any celebrity who proudly proclaims that they have never read a book is an idiot.
Reading may not be the most obviously ‘cool’ pastime for teens, but what is trendier, or more hipster-like, than being ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest big thing to hit our movie screens?
The Young Adult or Teen section in your local bookshop has never been busier, so to help with your selection we suggest ten books that you should check out before they hit the big screens.
Ask anyone who has both read the book and watched the movie which they preferred, and they will almost always tell you that the book is better. Someone else’s interpretation of a book cannot compete with the version your imagination conjures up. Yet often it’s only when a book is released as a movie that we take notice of the wonderful story in front of us.
Teen literature isn’t all Harry-Potter-type wizards, Twilight-like vampires or Hunger Games dystopian worlds; it frequently tackles serious and real-life issues in sensitive and compelling ways. From teenage angst to terminal illness, from bullying to love and relationships, there are many books that explore issues affecting all young adults, or that older adults can relate too.
If you’ve never dipped your toe in the waters of Young Adult literature, then we have a list of ten novels you might want to try out before everyone is talking about them.
Okay, it might actually be a bit late for this as it has just been released (June 2014). However if you haven’t seen the movie, then there is still time. The story revolves around two terminally ill teenagers who fall in love. Sounds depressing? It’s anything but, although you will cry before the end. I made the mistake of reading this in public and blubbed openly on a busy commuter train.
If that’s not your cup of tea, try ‘Paper Towns’ , or ’Looking For Alaska’ also by John Green, both of which have movie rights sold.
Has just been picked up by DreamWorks, but doesn’t have an IMDB entry yet. This is a love story set in the eighties. It touches on the subjects of high school, bullying and problems at home. This was one of the biggest teen novels of 2013, and is loved because the characters are ‘real’. It will be slated by its fandom if typical gorgeous ‘Hollywood’ types are cast in the lead roles.
Yes, 50 Cent the rap artist. Loosely based around his own experiences, he writes about bullying from the bully’s perspective. It may not make it in to a movie, but it’s well worth reading.
Also about bullying. Add in cyberbullying, obesity, eating disorder and teen suicide and it doesn’t sound like a fun read. Yes, it has serious themes, but it is a gripping story and is not without (dark) humour.
Rumour has it that Tim Burton has been signed to direct the movie so, as the title might suggest, this one can be labelled creepy and quirky. Exploring his grandfather’s past, 16-year-old Jacob explores the ruins of an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh Island using spooky photographs he got from his grandfather.
For fans of the Hunger Games or anyone that likes dystopian worlds. Thomas is among sixty boys that wake up in ‘the Glade’ with no memories other than their name. They have to escape through a maze, from which nobody has every escaped. Lots of excitement promised.
A story told in 13 cassette tapes received by Clay two weeks after the suicide of his classmate and crush. The tapes explain how 13 people’s interaction lead to her decision to end her life. A serious theme, but really well written and explores how our action or inaction can contribute to a difficult situation.
Imagine waking up every day in a new body. You could be male or female, big or small, disabled, or any ethnicity. You don’t know until you wake up. Then you fall in love and want to spend every day with one person. A unique look at identity and what is really important when you fall in love.
After an accident, seventeen-year-old Mia is in a coma where she experiences a day ‘in limbo’ where she is looking back on her life and contemplating her future. Described as heart-achingly beautiful, but ultimately uplifting.
Set in World War II, this award-winning novel tells the story of two young British women. One is a spy captured by the Gestapo after her plane crashes, and the other is the pilot of the plane. It’s a story about friendship and survival.