2013 has been the year of YA adaptations for the movie industry. From the paranormal romance “Beautiful Creatures,” released by Warner Brothers this past February, to the action-packed August release, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” studios are cranking out adaptations of popular YA novels as fast as they can. And with the recent successes of such major franchises as “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games,” it’s no surprise. With fans of YA series pouring into the theaters to see their favorite books play out on screen not just once, but again and again, the train of adaptations is not likely to stop anytime soon. Here’s a round up of some of the books you should read before their film counterparts hit the big screen.
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Suzanne Collins’s “Catching Fire”
In “Catching Fire,” book two of Suzanne Collins’s massively popular dystopian trilogy, we return to the world of Panem to find Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in even more danger than before. After the shocking turn of events at the end of the 74th Hunger Games, the outlying districts of Panem have erupted in a flurry of rebellious activity, and Katniss unwittingly finds herself as the symbol of the growing rebellion. In an effort to quell any potential uprising against the Capitol, President Snow forces Katniss and Peeta back into the Hunger Games, along with other previous Champions.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson return as Katniss and Peeta in director Francis Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which hits theaters Friday, Nov. 22.
Richelle Mead’s “Vampire Academy”
In “Vampire Academy,” readers are introduced to Rose Hathaway, a teen Dhampir (half-vampire, half-human) whose mission is to protect her best friend, Lissa Dragomir, a vampire princess, from the evil Strigoi, the most dangerous vampires in existence. Rose and Lissa attend St. Vladimir’s, a boarding school where young Dhampirs learn to become guards for the ruling Moroi. With Strigoi forces threatening the Moroi, Rose must keep Lissa safe, all while attending high school and trying to handle her growing infatuation for her mentor, Dimitri. Mead’s first novel in a series of six combines the drama of high school with vampire-slaying action.
“Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters” stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky and is scheduled for a Valentine’s Day 2014 release.
Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”
One of the most anticipated adaptations of 2014, “Divergent,” tells the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a teen living in a futuristic Chicago, where society is separated into five factions. When Tris turns sixteen, she must choose which faction she will permanently become a member of, a decision aided by a test to determine which faction she is most fit for. It is during this test that Tris discovers she is Divergent, not fit for any single faction, and therefore a threat to the careful order of society. As Tris competes to remain in her newly chosen faction, Dauntless, she must also fight to keep her Divergent status a secret.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James star as Tris and the mysterious Dauntless leader, Four, in director Neil Burger’s adaptation. “Divergent” hits theaters March 21, 2014.
John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”
“The Fault in Our Stars” was one of the most talked-about YA books of 2012, receiving many words of praise from readers and critics alike. Green’s novel follows Hazel Lancaster, a teen with late-stage thyroid cancer. After her mother voices concerns that Hazel is depressed, she agrees to attend a support group for teens with cancer. It is at this group meeting that Hazel meets and befriends the charming Augustus Waters, a boy who will change her life forever.
“The Fault in Our Stars” has just started filming and starts Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel and Augustus. The film is tentatively set for a 2014 release.
Cassandra Clare’s “City of Ashes”
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” has only been in theaters a week but there is already casting news for movie two, “City of Ashes.” Cassandra Clare’s second book in the “Mortal Instruments” series brings us back into the secret world of the Shadowhunters, a race of demon hunters living in New York City. As the evil Valentine continues to gain power, sixteen-year-old Clary Fray must team up once more with fellow Shadowhunters Jace, Alec, and Isabelle to put a stop to Valentine’s plans.
According to the fansite TMI Source, “City of Ashes” is due to begin filming this fall with returning director Harald Zwart. A tentative release date is set for sometime in late 2014.