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9 Must-See Young Adult Film Adaptations

Jenny Kim |
May 21, 2014 | 8:53 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

In honor of John Green’s film adaptation of his young adult novel, “The Fault In Our Stars”, premiere on June 6th, here are a list of great films adapted from young adult novels that span throughout history to educate, inspire, and stimulate young hearts, minds, and souls.

“The Help”

The Help, adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name, stars one of our favorites, Emma Stone as the empowered and independent heroine who represents the voice of subjugated black women at a time in America concurrent with the Civil Rights movement. Not only is the novel a great read, the film also presents great lessons and qualities that viewers should strive to learn from and pursue.

“Pride & Prejudice”

One of Jane Austen’s most renowned novels has been adapted to many different film versions. However, one that is particularly entertaining and pleasant to watch is the Joe Wright 2005 adaptation of the novel, which stars Keira Knightley and Matthew McFayden as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. The love story is timeless and the resilience of Elizabeth is admirable for both growing girls and boys alike.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower" 

Stephen Chbosky’s book was extremely popular among the younger generations, so it was no surprise when the film made an impression as well. Although the film deals with serious, and sometimes morbid issues such as homosexuality, abuse, and young love – it manages to keep a subtle, yet apparent light-hearted tone throughout the film, which grounds young viewers to strive to understand themselves, and to never be ashamed of who they might be.

 “The Great Gatsby”

Although Baz Luhrmann recently released his film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel, I recommend Jack Clayton’s version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The simplicity of the film captures the essence of the themes and heart of the love story, all while presenting the complexity of character in Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchannan through Redford and Farrow’s superb acting.

 “The Princess Bride”

This film is a classic example of a fairytale that can be enjoyed for all ages. It presents witty humor, exciting action, and a timeless love story that caters to viewers’ needs. This fun and entertaining movie cultures imagination and encourages youthful spirit.

 “The Spectacular Now” 

Star of the upcoming film “The Fault in Our Stars”, Shailene Woodley, also stars in “The Spectacular Now”, a film that aims to address the growing pains and joys of young adulthood. Shailene Woodley and her partner Miles Teller share a tangible chemistry on-screen that makes viewers believers of the power of partnership, friendship, and love. 

 “Warm Bodies”

Although this is not your typical love story, this is the one instance we would say necrophilia is charming and cute. This film shows that love knows no bounds, such as when a girl falls in love with a (zombie) boy, and vice versa. Also, it encourages viewers to strive to find and understand himself or herself, whether or not they may be human or zombie.

 “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” 

This story of four young teenage girls who travel the world and find love, friendship, and family redirects audience members to the essence of life. The parallel storylines of each character emphasize different qualities and themes, which eventually intertwine to present a very inspiring message to the young viewers that aspire to pursue adventure.

 “Never Let Me Go” 

With Kazuo Ishiguro’s incredibly unique and distinctive storyline and Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, and Carey Mulligan’s incredible acting, the story delivered through the film medium culminates into an astonishing message that serves to inspire and stimulate those exposed to the narrative of three teenagers who deal with friendship, love, and ultimately the fragility of life. From watching this movie, viewers can definitely understand the importance of appreciation from the characters and their stories.

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