With Twilight almost a sparkly and constipated memory, a new YA book series must rise. The Hunger Games is the obvious and more than worthy (and actually literate) successor but there are many other offerings in 2013. True, at this point, if you write a Young Adult novel, you’re going to get a movie deal. It’s the best “get rich quick” scheme since Twilight fan fiction met repressed housewives. But many are worth your adoration. Maybe one of these!
Beautiful Creatures – February 13, 2013
I’m easy, I’ll see anything with magic powers. Throw in some phenomenal actors like Emma Thompson and comedy legend Jeremy Irons and some questionable southern accents and it’s pretty much unmissable popcorn fair.
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones – August 23, 2013
Battle (half) angels fighting the forces of darkness made for an incredibly successful and beloved book series. After seeing the trailer I’m not sure if the adventure will translate but I can say this for sure: I saw Lily Collins both smile AND frown so she’s already a better lead than K-Stew.
The Host– March 29, 2013
It will be interesting to see how a book so reliant on what’s literally going on inside it’s characters heads will translate on screen. Not as interesting as say the monster from the Korean film The Host attacking Stephanie Meyers, but what is?
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – August 16, 2013
Nathan Fillion plays Hermes and Giles is in it, what more do you ingrates need? Hopefully not a repeat viewing of the first film, that’s best left alone.
Ender’s Game – November 1, 2013
Everybody loves child soldiers, you put their cherubic faces in space and you’ve got yourselves a hit! Ender’s Game has had a long road to becoming a film but CG and the right script have come along to make this legendary series a reality.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire– November 22, 2013
Like you need me to tell you that the second film in the Hunger Games Trilogy is worthy of your money time. Katniss and everyone’s favorite cake decorator Peeta are back in the arena for the Quarter Quell aka the best plot device since the disappearing Marty McFly in Back to the Future.
Honorable Mention: The Great Gatsby– May 13, 2013
Although not technically a Young Adult novel, enough people have read and dissected Gatsby in school to make it at least Young Adult adjacent. The film’s pushed back release is hardly a good omen but the lavishness of a Baz Luhrman film is usually worth the price of admission.
Honorable Mention: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug– December 13, 2013
Finally some f@#$ing dragons.
What movie are you looking forward to seeing most? Let me know in the comments!
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