Young adult fiction seems to have taken center stage in Hollywood in the last few years. We’ve already seen comic book adaptations like Superman, Batman and most other ‘-man’ type heroes, and with their success it comes as no surprise to see the movie industry cashing in on the most dedicated cult-following fans. I think it’s marvelous that people are reading as much as they are now (thank you, Harry Potter?), but I do have to raise an eyebrow at some of the crazes. Namely, Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. Hmm, how funny: FSoG was actually a Twilight fan fiction.
On a more positive note, I just discovered that two of the YA books I read this past year have been given movie deals: City of Bones and Matched. I wrote a previous entry about Matched by Ally Condie, and may have mentioned City of Bones… either way — these are both books featuring strong female characters in some type of futuristic, fantastic society. I enjoyed Matched quite a bit, and I’m currently working my way through the second entry of the series, Crossed. City of Bones took me a bit longer, but I have several subsequent books in the series and it’s all just a matter of time before I make my way through them.
In the meantime, I wanted to post links to some announcements I discovered from the Page to Premiere Network, which follows books through the movie-making process (hence the name).
It seems as though the only way to make blockbuster movies anymore is to get teenagers hormones raging for some steamy heart-throb. Don’t get me wrong, I know many of us enjoy and often appreciate the adaptations of our favorite books into movies, but I feel like there has been a huge generation of literature that has just been skipped over. Now, a book just has to be a number one seller on Amazon and, like a badge of honor, it gets a movie contract. Am I the only one NOT excited about a Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation? I haven’t read the series, so I have little room to judge, but from what I’ve heard, this will not bode well…
And while we’re on the subject of books-to-movies: In my next entry, I will review Peter Benchley’s Jaws and compare it to Steven Spielberg’s adaptation.