On the Silver Screen: Fall 2013 YA Books to Movies
This fall 2013, YA books to movies are everywhere! Bookkaholics might just be spending as much time at the cinema as we spend reading. Many of you may have pledged to read the book before the movie (for more information, or to make the pledge, visit ReadIt1st). It can be hard keeping up with everything that’s coming out, making sure there’s enough time to read the books before the movie goes to DVD. But no fear — Bookkaholic’s got you covered with this list of movies based on young adult novels that are due to hit theaters this fall. Get excited for your favorites or discover new tales!
(note: book links go to the book’s page on Goodreads, and movie links go to the movie’s IMBD site)
Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) by Rick Riordan (book | movie) — For fans of the series or fans of the first movie, Percy Jackson is back for another round of demi-god adventures in this mythology-meets-modern-day tale. In this episode, Percy must find the Golden Fleece to save his summer camp from certain destruction, with the help of trusted sidekicks Annabeth and Grover…as well as a new friend named Tyson. This film hit theaters on August 3, 2013.
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare (book | movie) — This fantasy series stars Clary, a girl drawn into a world of mysteries, Shadowhunters, demons, faeries, vampires, werewolves, evil, and danger. There’s also a cute, yet frustrating, Shadowhunter named Jace who certainly captures the hearts of fans. The movie just hit theaters on August 21, 2013.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (book | movie) — British readers, this pick is just for you! Winner of the 2005 Printz Award, this dystopian novel is compelling and incredible. Set in England in the middle of a terrorist attack, Daisy and her three cousins must survive at all costs. The movie is scheduled to be released in the UK on October 4, 2013.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (book | movie) — Fans of this novel have been waiting to see this military sci-fi tale on the big screen for years. Ender Wiggin is sent to Battle School to prepare to save the world from an alien invasion. Expect awesome battle room scenes and some serious moral dilemmas. In theaters November 1, 2013.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (book | movie) — Bring your tissues for this World War II tear-jerker narrated by Death himself. Set in 1939 Munich, young Liesel Meminger shares stolen books with her neighbors while the Holocaust begins to permeate the lives of Germans. This should be an interesting adaptation to the big screen due to the novel’s unconventional style. Expect to see it in theaters starting November 15, 2013.
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins (book | movie) — If you haven’t heard of the Hunger Games by now, you are probably living under a rock in Antarctica. This would be the second heart-stopping installment in the trilogy, where we see Katniss thrown back in the arena and the Capitol continuing to ward off potential rebellion in the districts. Some say Catching Fire is an even stronger novel than the first, so it’s worth a read before heading to the cinema on November 22, 2013.
Divergent by Veronica Roth (book | movie) — Okay, so this movie doesn’t technically come out until March 21, 2014, but it’s going to be huge. It’s action-adventure dystopian about a girl, Tris, who is hiding a dangerous secret during her initiation into a faction of society characterized by their fearless behavior. The book is a fan favorite, winning the 2011 Goodreads Choice Award, and I challenge you to put it down once you start reading — it’s impossible. Read it now to be ahead of the hype!
Whew, that’s a lot of great books to read and movies to see this fall 2013. So many books, so little time! Which of these are you most excited to see? Which are hitting your to-be-read stack?