Today I welcome Jenn from Book Crazy to talk about what she'd like to see in YA, and she had a surprise for me - great YA movies!
I grew up with John Hughes movies, so I fully admit to loving YA movies done well. And who wouldn't want to see their novel come to life on the silver screen? (Or, if you're S.E. Hinton, Laurie Halse Anderson, Rachel Cohn or David Levithan, getting to cameo??)
Jenn is here to make her case for YA movies done well.
It's nothing new to have a book turned into a movie, we have all seen it done a thousand times before - a director or producer reads a book or sees the hype surrounding one, and thinks, “Hey wouldn't it be great to see this on the big screen, after all, look how well Harry Potter and Twilight did.”
And while, on one hand, I think it's amazing, especially for the authors - being contacted about movie rights to your book would be like icing on the best cake ever made, right? Not to mention seeing your work in lights, seeing actors portray characters you dreamed up, seeing your “world” created right there in front of your eyes.
But, here's the kicker – what about the fans of the book?
As a young adult book lover, I covet books, relish the stories with in them, they are my escape from the world, my secret hiding place, if you will...
And the thought of them being turned into the next “big movie” is scary, to me....it's not that I don't want these amazing stories to get their place in the sun, I do! I LOVE the idea of seeing the “world” that is within the pages of books like The Light of Asteria or Promise. Or to see the intensity of the character interactions in books like Tell Me A Secret and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. Or even to see exactly how things fit together and unfold in books like Birthmarked and Paranormalcy.
Had I not read Twilight before I saw the movie, I am not sure I would EVER picked it up...um hello – stalker, broody, vamp guy after a beautiful human girl, who is like a drug to said vamp guy? Not to mention that they seem to fall in love, how? In the whole movie, which is 120 minutes long, I think Bella and Edward probably “talked” for all of what, like 5 minutes – how does one fall in love with 5 minutes worth of conversation?
So, while I am THRILLED that these books are getting the recognition they deserve, I am worried too – I don't want these amazing works of fiction to lose what makes them unique and beautiful to me, just so I can see what some director thinks the “set” should look like or what some producer sees as the perfect heroine!
So, I urge you - directors, producers, screenwriters and movie people – if you are going to take our beloved Young Adult novels and make them into movies, do it right, not fast! Please, do it while keeping the integrity of the work!
Hear hear. Thank you, Jenn!
Readers, what YA books would you like to see as movies?
What YA movies do you think have been done well, and which ones did you think were terrible? Would you read the book after seeing the movie, even if you didn't like it?
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