Sunday, August 18, 2013

Semi-educated YA Movie Adaptation Predictions (Part 2)

A follow-up to yesterday's post regarding YA book-to-movie adaptations, this time discussing the upcoming films that do not yet have trailers. Because I like to think I know more than I do about movie adaptations, I want a record of predictions to check back on after these movies come out so I can see if I'm right about how well they do:

The Book Thief - November 15, 2013

I am so excited for this movie I almost wrote this sentence in caps because of it but thought against it because my rambling and exclamation points could do just as decent/annoying a job of showing my enthusiasm!!! Although the movie is out in a couple of months, there's no trailer that I've seen, but USA Today released a set of photos. The one I posted is by far the most adorable, but the other five show some of the sadness involved in most of the story. I think this movie will do very well since the book is still insanely (and rightfully) popular, and I'm just hoping it's really good too. I'm mostly worried about how Death will be integrated, but I'm excited too. 

The Maze Runner - February 14, 2014

I've had this book since it came out, but I haven't managed to get around to reading it quite yet. I know people both online and off who love it, though. Of all the in-progress adaptations I've come across, I think this one has most of a chance of getting the sequel produced. I feel like it will go the Percy Jackson route-- the first one will make just enough money so the studio produces the next one, even though the first isn't the runaway success they hoped for. I'm not sure if I will go see it, but I will surely watch more videos of the cast being silly. 

Divergent - March 21, 2014

The more I think about Divergent, the less sense it makes. I understand it takes place in a dystopian world based on five factions, with people separated by personality. But the whole premise is that there's a girl whose personality doesn't fit into one spot-- and, like, duh? Why wasn't that a problem before Tris showed up? Was she really the first to rebel against this faction system? Aren't there a million Divergents running around? Maybe I should read the rest of the series to find out these answers. I don't know if that would make the series make any more sense to me, but hopefully, since the movie looks a bit ridiculous too. I don't think the movie will make enough money or get enough attention to warrant adapting the sequel, but I'm sure it will do fine enough. 

The Fault in Our Stars - 2014

I understand the hype for this book even though I never managed to fully connect with it myself. The movie will be an indie darling, and the internet (mostly tumblr) will be exploding with love and excitement even months after it's released. I will see it, I will find it enjoyable but overrated, and I will hate seeing it all over the internet, because I am unbearably cynical and difficult to please.

Fallen - 2014 

The two leads of this were just cast, and I didn't even know it was set to be adapted. Which makes sense, considering I've never read the book and know myself well enough to know that I would probably not enjoy it. I never saw the sequels to the book as much as I saw Fallen around the internet, so I'm skeptical about how well the movie will do (assuming they continue to go forward with it).

If I Stay - unknown release date

I loved this book, but I'm not sure how they'd translate it to screen. It could be beautiful if done well, so I remain hopeful that it will actually make it to theaters. Only a couple people have been cast, and I really don't care Chloe Moretz, who is set to play Mia, but I'll remain optimistic. At this point, I just hope it's made, since having a cast doesn't really mean anything-- remember when Selena Gomez was set to star in Thirteen Reasons Why


  1. RUDY. That picture is like the first step to breaking my heart, which I think (and hope) The Book Thief movie will do.

    I'm so with you for the whole Divergent thing not making sense, but I think it'll be more successful than you do, simply because the book has been on the NYT for ages (though I'm not sure how good of an indicator that is) and it's getting a lot of hype.

    I can't believe they're making a Fallen movie, I'm definitely skeptical.

    Great post :)

  2. I'm nervcited for The Book Thief. On one hand, I absolutely LOVE the actor they chose for Liesel. I saw her in Monsieur Lazhar and she was amazing! But I'm really scared to see how they incorporate Death. That was such an integral part of the book and I'm just not seeing how they can make it work in the movie.

    THE MAZE RUNNER. I haven't read the book yet but I'm SO excited for the movie because of Dylan O'Brien. Ahhhh.

  3. I need to read The Book Thief already. I am the Messenger is one of my favorite books but I still haven't gotten around to reading The Book Thief!

    I actually think Divergent is going to do really well. I know a lot of people outside of the blogging world that are excited for it.