Saturday, August 17, 2013

Semi-educated YA Movie Adaptation Predictions (Part 1)

Despite the underwhelming box office performance of movies based on bestsellers such as Beautiful Creatures, there's a whole slew of other movies based on YA novels coming out between now and 2014. Because I like to think I am more knowledgable about YA books and movies than I actually am, and I'd like a record to check back on at the end of next year, I thought I'd put together a list of predictions regarding the quality, success, potential sequels, etc. of some upcoming movies:

Being that this one comes out next week, I thought it only fitting to put it first on my list. There's been a decent amount of promo for this movie-- I see a billboard or poster for it nearly every time I leave the house, and a decent number of movies I've seen this summer play its trailer beforehand. However, with reports about the relative lack of interest at huge events like Comic-Con, I'm not convinced it will be a wild box office success. I know plenty of people excited about it, but that's mostly because those people are invested in any YA adaptation. I'm not so interested myself because, to put it kindly, if I reread these books now, I highly doubt I'd find as much enjoyment or quality in them as I did when I read them when I was 14. 

However, they seem to already be seeking to cast the sequel, City of Ashes, so maybe even if City of Bones does not fare too well, the studio will still try to turn it into a successful franchise. I still won't be interested.

How I Live Now - October 2013 (UK)

I read this book in 2008, so my memories of it are extremely fuzzy. I don't remember liking it very much, but I think that had more to do with the strange writing style than content. I actually think I'd like it more if I read it now, so hopefully I get around to rereading it before the movie comes out in the US. I'll probably make an effort to see this one since I love Saoirse Ronan. However, I don't know how well the incest plot will play out on screen, because, well, incest. I'm also not digging how much this trailer shows-- I feel like I watched the entire movie. As far as the financial success of this film goes, I think it will do fine in at least making more money than it cost to produce. Probably not a worldwide phenomenon, but I'm sure it will do particularly well in its home of the United Kingdom.

Ender's Game - November 1, 2013

This one is based on another book I read way back when I was middle school and didn't find particularly great. I do not care at all about seeing this film, but I am extremely interested in how much money makes. Plenty of people are already planning to boycott the film since the book's author, Orson Scott Card, is a vile human being. Other people like to separate the film from the book, a perspective I can understand, or don't know about Card's idiocy. The financial success, or lack thereof, of the movie will be interesting no matter what and I'm sure will spark plenty of discussion about supporting work by those with such controversial views.

Catching Fire - November 22, 2013

It will make lots of money and be a pretty decent film too (probably). We all know this, this is boring, moving on.

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters - February 14, 2014

I have a long-standing love for Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, and I maintain that they are the best YA vampire series. I think the trailer, though, is campy in all the wrong ways. I feel so bad for thinking so because I would love for the movie to be good, and the screenwriter also wrote one of my favorite movies, Heathers, but I remain insanely skeptical. I also don't feel like it's going to be successful either. Even with my love of the series, I didn't even know they had casted anyone or were actually turning it into a movie until filming was practically over. If they couldn't even promote that the movie was being made, I fear for the marketing closer to the film's actual release. I sincerely hope I'm wrong, since I love the books, so I'll remain outwardly optimistic (while actually being overly angsty).

Since this post is already obscenely long, I'll be discussing adaptations that do not yet have trailers in another post tomorrow. That stuff requires a whole other kind of random predicting.


  1. Wow! I had no clue until now, that there was a Vampire Academy movie. Heathers is one of my favorite movies too. Please let it be good! I'm going to see Ender's Game because, I enjoyed the book. I don't care about the authors opinions on gay marriage. It's a free country and he's allowed to be a jerk.

  2. Haha, I have these thoughts way too often, I'm so glad you made a post about it! I don't think How I lIve Now is going to get enough hype, for some reason I feel like it's going to fall to the wayside because of this (kind of like the Before I Die movie, or Tiger Eyes, or even Saoirse Ronan's other film Byzantium).

    And I'm not sure if this will be an unpopular opinion, but I think the Vampire Academy movie will not be good...

    I'm curious to what you think of the YA movies that haven't started promo/filming yet (If I Stay, TFIOS, Divergent?)