Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
It’s been a while since Eleanor & Park was released. Five years to be exact. You might say “the hype” is over and it’s been too long, but I disagree. I think this is one of those classic novels that’ll stand the test of time, meaning they can develop this into a movie anytime and people will still want to see it. I mean, who doesn’t want a teen romance between an American-Korean boy and an “uncharacteristic” (read: not skinny, not “cool”) female MC? It would be a breath of fresh air, showing some diversity in the YA genre.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the books BUT they could be a huge success if given to the right hands. Let’s see what we’ve got: an MC who’s part-cyborg, a story that’s loosely based on Cinderella but is set in a future/alternate universe, New Beijing as a setting, and Lunar people (a race who literally live on the moon). That sounds absolutely fantastic, doesn’t it?
Dumplin – Julie Murphy
I love this for the message it sends out into the world: it’s a book filled with body-positivity. It’s also about tearing down stereotypes and learning to love yourself for who you are. Is Will perfect? No. She has her bad moments, too, but she recognizes when she’s in the wrong and I like her for it.
This movie would need a good director and scriptwriter, though. If not, it would turn into a typical YA romance (with love triangle, which doesn’t help) and we don’t want that. We want something different. Realistic. Positive. God knows we need some more of that.
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Fans (including me) have been pestering John Green about this one. They’ve been wanting a movie for Looking for Alaska for years, but nothing has come of it so far. And it’s not like John Green doesn’t want or doesn’t care for it. The truth is that it’s out of his hands. Here’s what he had to say about it last year: “To my knowledge, Paramount (who own the rights) have no plans to make a film,” he said on Twitter. “I sold the rights in 2005. Paramount refuses to sell them back to me for any price. You’d have to ask them why.”
Not cool, Paramount. Not cool.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
How much fun would this be? For those of you who don’t know, the novel is about sixteen-year-old Simon who’s not openly gay. You could say it’s a coming out story but it’s very different from what you might expect. You might think it’s one of those dark, tragic stories about the difficulty of coming to terms with your sexuality, but it’s not. It’s actually an uplifting story where friends and family support the main character. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine of course – Becky does a great job at portraying the reality of homophobia in a high school in the South – but it’s still a whole lot of fun. There were a lot of laughing-out-loud moments, which could translate really well into a movie.
Do you agree with my choices? Which YA novels would you like to see on the big screen?