Aaah, book-based movies...
Every week at the box office, there is yet another book being converted into film--especially young adult and middle grade books (Twilight, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Wimpy Kid series, etc.). In fact, a book's chances at publication seem to rely more and more on its potential to be adapted into film, and I'm guessing that many YA and middle-grade writers are aware of/influenced by this as they write. I can't say that I am a fan of all these book-based (often loosely book-based...) movies out there, but there are definitely some that hold a lace in my heart, so...I present a list of my top ten favorite YA/middle grade literature-based films. You may wonder about some of the obvious omissions, so I am also presenting a list of book-based movies I have not yet seen but want to:
This is an excellent book and this film version does it justice. It stars Kristen Stewart long before the days of Twilight.
A classic. Even though it's set in the 1950s, this story about gang tension and social class is still very relevant today.
I loved this movie version when I was a kid. It is hopeful but, at the same time, doesn't shy away from the darker side of the story (the death of Mary's parents, illness, etc.).
Be sure to have plenty of tissues on hand--both the movie and the book are tear-jerkers.
This book is all about the power of the imagination and that is exactly what the movie version celebrates as well.
This 1990 movie version really creeped me out when I was a kid. But I think that is exactly what Roald Dahl would have wanted.
Yes, this is another Roald Dahl classic, but this film version could not be more different from The Witches. It's a quirky claymation version of one of Dahl's shortest stories. Wes Anderson definitely put his own twist on the story, but it's fun to see how much one short book can inspire someone.
OK, so this isn't exactly "young adult" fiction, but most people I know encountered this book for the first time around 8th or 9th grade. This film version is moving and does great honor to Steinbeck's classic.
Sitting down in front of this movie is like taking a sip of hot chocolate during a winter storm. It just makes you feel good.
Beautiful book. Beautiful movie. I hope they never remake it because it is just so perfect the way it is.
And here are the ones I haven't yet seen, but want to: