PERCY JACKSON IS BEING TURNED INTO A SERIES ON DISNEY PLUS AND IM SO EXCITED!!!!
aLSO, a month(ish?) ago, it was announced that The Selection is getting a movie adaptation for Netflix!
I AM SO EXCITED I SWEAR I AM A CHILD AGAIN.
I mean. First the new Hunger Games novel, then The Selection movie, then the new Twilight book, now the Percy Jackson disney+ adaptation, and let’s not forget Shadow and Bone on Netflix!!! We are back in 2012 and we are thriving. (also we thought the world was going to end in 2012 and it’s ending this year too sooooooo)
Anyways, since I feel like I am in middle school again and am living for it, I thought I’d go back and look at YA (and MG) books that were adapted for film!
These are all the young adult (and middle grade for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson haha) books that got movie adaptations that I can remember where I both read the book and saw the movie!
I honestly started writing this post thinking of like 3 adaptations but then I remembered a million more so now I will be reviewing for you 20 franchises and 36 movie adaptations.
And that felt like a lot holy that’s more than I thought I’ve been writing this post for hours so I HOPE YOU APPRECIATE IT lol pls validate me.
Harry Potter (2001 – 2011)
The Harry Potter movies are honestly amazing. They’re definitely some of the best book adaptation movies out there. Sure, there are some problems (**cough harrydidyaputyernameinthegobletoffire cough**), and some of the movies are better than others, but overall, they were pretty faithful to the books, which is no small feat considering how long the later ones were!
And of course unlike the Percy Jackson trash, they actually casted age appropriate actors, so it was amazing getting to see Harry, Ron, and Hermine grow up over the course of ten years, the actors growing up with their characters.
I’ve rewatched these movies way more times than I can count, and I love them so much.
The Princess Diaries (2001, 2004)
I love The Princess Diaries!! Don’t we all? I think a lot of people like the movies more but I actually read the books first so I prefer the books–Clarisse is like a crazy evil lady not goddess Julie Andrews lol. But despite the differences the movie was still super enjoyable and Mia is a relatable dork (not the princess part) and I just love it.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (2010, 2013)
THESE MOVIES WERE SO DAM AWFUL
They casted like 20 year olds to play 12 year olds? They completely butchered the plot? It’s just an overall mess?
I am so happy that after the series these movies won’t be what non bookish people associate with PJO because there is so much potential there and I absolutely can’t wait for the series!!!
☆☆☆☆☆ (0 stars)
I feel like nobody has read this book or watched this movie except me? Or maybe it was a thing forever ago when I watched it but wasn’t part of the book community and now everyone forgot about it? Regardless, although I enjoyed the book, the movie was pretty much trash like who thought it was a good idea to change Kyle from a literal beast to just some random ugly bald guy with tattoos lol.
The Hunger Games (2012 – 2015)
I feel like The Hunger Games was the first big YA adaptation that kind of kicked off an era so we have no choice but to stan because iconic. It was a golden era for YA fans honestly writing this post has showed me that all the huge blockbusters used to be YA book to movie adaptations and now we just get superhero movies what a time 2012-2016ish was.
It came out when I was in middle school and those were honestly great years. I loved going to see all the movies in theaters! I definitely think that Mockingjay should NOT have been split in two (since everyone was capitalizing off the HP idea at the time lol) and those two movies really weren’t that great, with a bunch of filler.
But overall I thought these movies were pretty good, especially the first two, and I thought the actors did a great job of portraying their characters! The actual games and the arenas were pretty close to how I imagined them too, and even the crazy ridiculous outfits people wore in the Capitol! Overall, I really enjoyed this adaptation and I’m so glad it got made so everyone got into it!
If I Stay (2014)
This was actually really enjoyable. I liked the way they incorporated flashbacks, and I loved seeing Mia and Adam’s romance play out. The ending with him writing a song was cheesy that wasn’t in the book (until the sequel 😉 ) but overall it was pretty good, really cute.
Divergent (2014 – 2016)
Ahhh… Divergent. The one after the Hunger Games that everyone loved to hate. The first one was pretty good, although I really wish they hadn’t cast some like 30 year old dude as Four but hey at least it wasn’t as obviously horrendous casting as PJO! And I’ll always have special memories of the first Divergent movie because I went with a big group of my friends and we all wore all black because we were edgy Dauntless lol it was a big fandomy moment for us and I’ll always look back on that day fondly ❤
The second movie… was pretty bad, especially with the stupid box thing because they decided for some reason Tris was 100% divergent more divergent than everyone else and it’s like… no, she wasn’t. She’s dauntless, abnegation, and erudite, not amity or candor I mean this girl literally lies while under the truth serum you think she’s candor?
And the third movie was absolutely atrocious. I love how they literally split it in two and then the second part never got made because it was so bad.
The Maze Runner (2014, 2015, 2018)
I feel like The Maze Runner was the end of the YA dystopian book/movie adaptation and it really fizzled out. After Hunger Games and Divergent it felt so overdone and not unique and just a little tiresome? I barely remember it, honestly, I just remember thinking it was pretty meh leaning toward bad.
I watched the first two and didn’t even watch the third one (or read that book) so your guess is as good as mine.
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
I remember this came out when Divergent was coming out too: YA was really having its big screen moment and it was glorious! This was probably my first YA contemporary I read and I read it because of the movie so that’s cool, and also this was the first movie I saw alone with a friend, no parents, so that’s exciting too haha. I remember everyone was talking about it and sobbing about it, and it definitely was pretty moving and sad and touching, and I really did enjoy it at the time! I didn’t love it, but I thought it was for the most part a really good and faithful adaptation of the books.
(also moment to remember how everyone was talking about how Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were siblings in Divergent and dating in this one lmao)
Paper Towns (2015)
John Green was really having a moment, wasn’t he? I think this came out the year after TFIOS and everyone was really just obsessed with him (and everyone in the theater screamed when Ansel Elgort’s cameo showed up haha). This was my favorite John Green book so I was super excited to see this movie, and overall it was pretty good. I thought Cara Delevigne was a great Margot. One thing that annoyed me was how the deadline was changed to not wanting to miss prom and yet they still had time to like kiss at night because it really took away the sense of urgency from the book, but overall it was pretty good.
The Fifth Wave (2016)
I almost forgot about this one riding the end of the wave of YA dystopias hahaha omg how could I have forgotten??? The book was… okay. The movie was so bad it was good. Which is to say, it was awful but I saw it with a group of my friends and after the movie we got a meal together and spent the entire time trashing the movie and it was so much fun.
The alien twist was like so obvious? They weren’t even trying to be subtle about it. And the ending literally didn’t make any sense it was just plot convenience? And the main character was literally so dumb. Also the main guy’s eyes were too far apart and that was literally an inside joke my friends and I milked for a year about eyes too far apart.
(also I literally don’t remember anyone’s name from that movie so very memorable)
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)
This is literally another one that was so bad it was good. I honestly??? Do not understand why people like this movie?? And the book is equally bad I don’t get that either?? WHY do people think the weird thing of him and his grandpa liking the same girl isn’t weird it’s gross. And the ending literally made no sense I kind of stopped trying to understand what was happening after an hour (I saw the movie before I read the book, although I did eventually read the book, so I really didn’t get anything) and was just like oooooh cgi I have no idea what’s going on.
This is another movie I saw with friends and then trashed afterwards. Come to think about it I saw some pretty bad movies with friends.
This is yet another movie I was planning on seeing with my friends and it’s probably a good thing our plans fell through because this was AWFUL (and I saw it from the library so I didn’t have to pay because I would have been mad if I wasted money on this trash). So bad it wasn’t even good bad it was just bad bad bad. I barely remember it I just remember it was awful. I don’t even remember why it sucks because it’s so bad it was so unmemorable I forgot it existed and blocked it from my memory. Life’s too short to spend thinking about Nerve.
Also I remember the book was bad too (although not as bad).
I guess 2016 was the year for bad YA adaptations.
Everything, Everything (2017)
Wow this movie feels relevant now that we’re all locked inside like Maddie, right? This movie was okay. I didn’t like the book that much so who knows why I still saw this movie. The romance was cute. The weird scenes where they were talking in her imagination were weird. I don’t really like the book and same goes with movie. Meh leaning towards bad.
Before I Fall (2017)
This was actually a really enjoyable concept, sort of the teen version of Groundhog Day where a horrible teen learns to be nice on the same day over and over again. I enjoyed both the book and the movie, although I didn’t love either, I felt this was pretty close to the book and I did like it to watch once.
The Darkest Minds (2018)
This came out like two years ago and it was so weird?? Like, I was like what’s going on are we back in 2012 dystopia no it’s 2018 what’s going on. It was okay, but honestly I was so over dystopia (and clearly the rest of the world was too lol this bombed at the box office it was gone in like two weeks) and it was mostly super unmemorable and I didn’t really care.
Love, Simon (2018)
This book was super cute and sweet! I really enjoyed it, and I loved seeing Simon’s friendships, and of course, him and Blue! I gotta say, I like this title more than Simon Vs. The Homo sapiens Agenda lol because that’s a mouthful to say and type. The ending that was changed from the book was a little annoying because literally Blue going to meet Simon publicly on the Ferris wheel seems so out of character? But overall I really enjoyed.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
My fave ❤ I love this movie so much I’ve seen it 5 times and forced all my friends who don’t even really like rom coms to watch it too. It’s super aesthetic and sweet and cute, and Lara Jean is just too relatable, and yay for Asian rep! It’s no wonder the whole world fell in love with this movie, and although the book is still better, this movie was still amazing and pretty close to the book, both in the plot and also in the all around fluffy happy mood!
PS I Still Love You was just okay. It’s my least favorite of the three books, and they cut a lot in the movie (the assassins!!!) and mostly I was just annoyed with Peter and John Ambrose deserved better. It was still good, but I’ve only seen it once and don’t have any desire to see it again anytime soon.
I’m super excited though high hopes for Always and Forever Lara Jean because that’s my favorite book of the trilogy!
The Hate U Give (2018)
This was a really faithful adaptation to a really good book with a really important message. It was definitely memorable and I enjoyed it and would recommend!
I read Stargirl like 10 years ago and just watched it when it came out on Disney+ a couple months ago. It was really enjoyable, and I honestly had like zero memory of the book so I can’t say how much it sticks to the book, but I feel like it captured the essence of it? Grace Vanderwaal was great as Stargirl and I loved her singing.
What are your favorite and least favorite YA book to movie adaptations? Have you seen all the movies on this list? What are some adaptations that aren’t on this list that I should check out? Are you SUPER EXCITED AHHHH about the Percy Jackson Disney+ adaptation?? (and also The Selection too!) I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤