YA Books We’d Like to See as Movies

The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra ClareThese days, it seems like all of our favorite YA novels are getting the big-screen treatment. City of Bones, Divergent, and The Fault in our Stars, to name a few, will all be hitting theaters soon. We couldn’t be more psyched about these adaptations, but there are still more books we’d love to see as movies. Which YA books do you think would make awesome films? Check out our picks, then let us know which adaptations you’d like to see in the comments!



Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

New Line’s had the film rights for this book since before it was even released, and we’re getting a little impatient for some results. The characters in The Raven Boys practically jump off the page — we’d be stoked to see them come alive on the big screen. Plus, you know you want to see Gansey’s car in all its ridiculousness in Technicolor.


Marissa MeyerCinder

by Marissa Meyer

They can do some pretty insane things with CGI nowadays. Meyer’s futuristic, android-populated version of Beijing would look unbelievably cool if it were given the Hollywood treatment. Plus, if The Hunger Games has proved anything, it’s that the world loves a good dystopian. We totally think Cinder could be the next big blockbuster.


John GreenLooking for Alaska

by John Green

Even though a movie version of Looking for Alaska has been in the works since 2005, it hasn’t gotten off the ground. Come on, film execs, this would be an awesome movie! It’s got romance, intrigue, and tragedy. Maybe once TFioS comes out and everyone experiences the awesomeness that is John Green, we can get this show back on the road!


E LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

by E. Lockhart

We’d like to see this turned into a movie based solely on the fact that Frankie is an awesome, totally refreshing character. But not only is Frankie the coolest, her story is pretty awesome, too. Her tale of sneaking into her boyfriend’s all-guy secret society would make for a fabulous girl-power film.


Sarah J MaasThrone of Glass

by Sarah J. Maas

You know what Hollywood needs more of? Female teenage assassins. Celaena, the protagonist of Throne of Glass, is totally the girl to fill that gap. She’s a super-skilled hit-girl who’s competing against the best killers in the kingdom for a chance at redemption. Tell us the fight scenes in this movie wouldn’t be epic. It doesn’t hurt that the story comes with a healthy dose of romance, too.


Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Even though this book only came out this spring, we’re already thinking it could make an awesome indie flick. The quirky throwback romance between misfit Eleanor and comic book nerd Park could be absolutely adorable in the right hands. And you know it’d have a killer soundtrack.


Which of these books would you most like to see as a movie? Who would you cast in the starring roles if you were in charge of the adaptation? Any books we left out? Sound off in the comments!


134 thoughts on “YA Books We’d Like to See as Movies

      • I don’t even think they’re gonna make it anymore. It’s been in development for years, and yet, none of the cast members have been chosen. It this is how it’s going to be, they might as well should drop it. Although, it would be nice to see the Flock on the big screen 🙁

        • Or maybe it’s all a conspiracy, and they have been secretly filming it in some odd location no one would think to look (the back of the moon). Maybe, James Patterson is just a sadist that decided that he’d use his pull in the filming industry to have them all filmed simultaneously. Maybe, the movie was cake in the first place.

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone would be pretty awesome. Especially if Mortal Instruments can get the ball “angels and demons and stuff” rolling.

  2. I definitely want to see “Looking for Alaska” – even though that was a emotional roller coaster of a book – and “The Raven Boys” become movies. I’d pay big bucks to see either one! 🙂 Just the thought is making me super excited!

  3. I’d love to see Throne of Glass as a movie. I would also like to add the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale would be amazing on the screen, preferably on tv though

  4. Delirium! I know they tried making it into a tv show and it didn’t work, but I think it’d be a really cute movie.

    • guess what! i just saw an article on Hypable saying that it’s been optioned and they just got a screenwriter!

    • I’ve been wanting to read that series but since it said 5th wave I thought it was the fifth book in the series. Is this book the first and only one in the series so far?

  5. I wish The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood would be a movie, but I don’t think anyone would be able to do the series justice. When adapting books into films, the writers always change stuff, and in those books, every last detail is important.

  6. *Raises hand* The small but mighty Iron Army (Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa) has wanted a movie since forever. Alas, no one likes fey. :/

    • Oooh, YES. We need more scary-faery movies. And a definite seconding of Maximum Ride, long as they do it well. Lisi Harrison, Melissa Kantor, Heather Vogel Frederick(oh, yes, and The Underland Chronicles)…The list goes on and on.
      Ah, and I am of the group that is in favor of scrapping the PJATO movies and beginning again, preferable as a TV series.

      • Scary fae, definitely. Down with Tinkerbell.
        And, if they’re planning to go through with the PJATO movies, they’d better step up their timetable! At the rate they’re going, the actors will be thirty by the time they reach the fifth.

        • OH!!! the iron fey series would be amazing as a movie. but they might ruin the book… more often then not that happens. but its true, people need to see that not all faeries are like tinker bell.

          • See I loved that series too, and the poison study, magic study, fire study series by Maria V. Snyder that would be an awesome movie too.

    • Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes!!!!! I would LOVE to see Ash and Meghan on screen (and Puck, too!). But if they did that I don’t think they’d do the series or the characters justice. However, it would make a GREAT movie. (With the right actors, of course;) ) And I think if the models who did Ash, Meghan, and Puck for the book covers should play the parts as the characters. They look a lot like what I imagined and it’s hard to find good actors that look as similar as they do.

    • That’s what I said! But lately the news has been so messed up…Google says it’ll be here January 14th 2014, but I highly doubt it due to all the ‘problems’.

  7. The Circle Series by Ted Dekker would be awesome! So would the Paradise trilogy (same author)! And his book, Blink. And Burn (with Erin Healy). And, well, nearly all of his books.

    • The Circle Trilogy would be awesome… though for all of Dekker’s books, they’d need writers and directors who wouldn’t be afraid of including the religious elements of his stories, and we all know how much respect Christianity gets in Hollywood these days. 😛

    • Oh yes! Finally a person with sanity! I have been suggesting they do movies-movies as good as the books-forever!

      • As an aspiring screenwriter/director and a Christian, I’m always looking for books by Christian authors that would make great movies. If people can wait just a few years, I’d love to take on the Dekker books, because I love his writing as well.

  8. There were talks about Anna Godberson’s “The Luxe” series being made into an actual series for television but I heard that a few years ago an haven’t heard anything since. Would definitely vote for that series!!!

    • I never read The Luxe, but Bright Young Things would be interesting. Not sure if they could do justice to the writing itself onscreen, though.

  9. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong would be THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!! And the Peachville Demons series by Sarra Cannon would be an awesome movie series, but I know that will never happen. Has anyone else even heard of that series?

  10. What about Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door. Or what about Just One Day/Just One Year. I also think The 5th Wave would make an awesome movie. I also wanted to see Delirium as a TV series, I’m upset they cancelled it!

    • I just read Delirium and I was so excited for the TV series. I was SO MAD when I found out that they canceled it!

  11. It would be really awesome if the Graceling books were made into movies. Particularly Graceling and Fire, though Bitterblue would be pretty cool too.

  12. Artemis Fowl. As a series of movies though, or even a TV series. I just REALLY wanna see what they would do with Mulch. I don’t care so much about Artemis or Holly, although Foaly would be pretty wicked too.

    Oh, and TOTALLY Throne of Glass, just YES.

  13. I think they should try to make the Shiver trilogy a movie. There has been talk bout it but I wish that they could make it happen that be a movie I’d love to see.

  14. I want to see Girl of Fire and Thorns as a movie… let’s remind the world that chubby girls can be heroines, too!

    And Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series, too! That would be and EPIC movie saga. <3

    Shannon Hale's Books of Bayern would be pretty sweet, too.

  15. I really think they should make the rest of the I Am Number Four series movies. They a=have already done the first, they cant stop now!

  16. E. Lockhart and Maureen Johnson’s books would make some pretty great movies, I think, particularly The Disreputable History Of Frankie-Landau Banks or the Ruby Oliver books for Lockhart, and Suite Scarlett or The Bermudez Triangle for Johnson. I also still like the idea of The 39 Clues (more of a kids’ series than YA, and written by different authors) being turned into a movie. I also am super excited about the news that The Giver by Lois Lowry is being made into a movie. Don’t even get me started about TFiOS…

  17. List of books that should be either a movie or a tv series:

    Black Hole Sun (and the books that follow)
    The Enemy series
    GONE series
    Hate List
    Before I Fall
    Going Bovine
    The Skinjacker Trilogy (Everlost, Everwild, Everfound)
    Chaos Walking (although, I heard that they’re planning on making it into a movie)
    Chronicles of Nick (Infinity, Invincible, Infamous, Inferno, etc.)
    Dark Dude
    How to Lead a Life of Crime
    Swim the Fly (and other books that follow)
    Carter Finally Gets It (and other books that follow)
    Suicide Notes
    The Coming Storm
    Please Ignore Vera Dietz (and every other book by A.S. King)
    Blood Red Road
    Ashfall (and other books that follow)
    The Order of Odd-Fish
    Don’t Let Me Go
    Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalpyse
    Absolute Brightness
    The Rules of Survival
    The Book Thief
    I Am the Messenger

      • I’m already writing a screenplay for the Book Thief, so that when I get into the movie world in a few years I’ll have it ready to go as one of my first jobs. Don’t worry, I’ll do it perfect justice: Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Death (oh yes I did).
        I did see on IMDb, though, that they’re already making a movie version of the Book Thief, which makes me sad. But it seems to be stalled, so maybe I’ll have a chance.

        • Artemis Fowl is also STALLED due to an annoying political argument over the kid who plays Artemis. They screwed themselves over. I Myself LOVED the Book THief and Cumberbatch? EXCELLENT OMG I agree!

          Im also a soon to be film maker Well have to join forces and make GREAT teen actions together!

          Once I make a couple on my own I can then BUY ARTEMIS FOWL BACK from those idiots and well make it!

  18. Make these movies!
    Maximum Ride- James patterson
    Matched- allie condie
    the looking glass wars- frank beddor
    books of bayern- shannon hale
    Gone- michael grant
    unwind- neal shusterman
    Etude- melinda morgan
    witch and wizard- james patterson
    the hourglass door-lisa mangum
    the maze runner- james dashner
    and many more!!

  19. In my opinion Chris Crutcher should have his books made into movies. They’re heart-wrenching and the silver screen could add to that if done correctly.

  20. Okay, I’m a total loner I guess on this one, but had anyone else though of the Thirst series by Christopher Pike? I absolutley love this series, and it would make an amzing action series, with all of the blood and gore that goes on in it.

    Also, Vampire Academy 1 is set to be released early 2014!!! Woot!

  21. I would love to see The Scorpio Races–imagine the heart pounding sensation of a good racing movie combined with that hint of magic and other- worldliness!

  22. I’d love to see Cinder made into a movie! I also think these would be awesome movies:

    Darkness Becomes Her, by: Kelly Keaton
    Monument 14, by: Emmy Laybourne
    The Touchstone Trilogy: Stray, by: Andrea K. Host
    The Vindico, by: Wesley King
    The Looking Glass Wars, by: Frank Bedor
    All the Fablehaven books, by: Brandon Mule
    Runemarks: Joanne Harris
    Across the Universe, by: Beth Revis
    Shadow and Bone: Leigh Bardugo
    May Bird: Jodi Lynn Anderson
    The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, by: Michael Scott
    Akata Witch, Who Fears Death? The Shadow Speaker and everything else ever written by Nnedi Okorafor
    Oh, and Earth Girl, by: Janet Edwards

  23. You TOTALLY forgot KEYS TO THE KINGDOM series by Garth Nix. But that’s okay Im glad they haven’t made them yet because I PLAN TO. Along with Eoin Colfer’s AIRMAN and Artemis Fowl

  24. In a perfect world, I’d love for The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson to adapted….but the locations in the books might be a tad too expensive to re-create.

    The Chemical Gardens trilogy by Lauren DeStefano would look cool onscreen too but as a miniseries.

    The Luxe series by Anna Godberson as a miniseries too, I’d love. I love period pieces.

    As for stand-alone novels, I think Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann would make for a good thrill, esp..since it’s inspired by actual events.

  25. Has any if you heard of the book “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”? It is an awesome fantasy romance novel. It would make a steamy sexy thrilling movie!!!!!!

  26. I know there are a lot of amazing fantasy movies out these days and there are so many great books as well, One series that I found has missed a lot of acknowledgement on is the dark hunter and shadow hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the background history is outstanding. Which is why anyone of these novels I would love to see on film.

  27. I really think that The Maze Runner by James Dashner should also be here! I mean to all the shanks that read it, who isn’t excited to see how the grieves, glade, maze will turn out!? Its just too exciting!

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