50 YA Books We Want Adapted to the Big or Small Screen

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Crop from cover of Sarah J. Maas’ Empire of Storms. Photo: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Since adaptations are becoming more and more popular for movie and TV adaptations, we’re counting down 50 books we want to see on the screen!

Books have basically always been a source of inspiration for film and TV. By 1900, Sherlock Holmes had shown up on the big screen. Granted, Sherlock Holmes Baffled lasts about a minute, but the point remains: bringing literary characters to life has never been that rare.

After franchises like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games both made billions worldwide, it seems more and more likely that film studios will turn their attention to the world of young adult novels. The same goes for TV, where Pretty Little Liars will start its seventh season on Freeform later this year, and other series like The 100 inspire lots of hashtags and social media engagement. (Far be it from me to disparage the Clexa and Bellarke enthusiasts. Their power exceeds my own.)

However, that’s barely scratching the surface of the world of YA fiction. As a result, we’re going to look into the world of YA fiction, starting from some earlier series to ones that have only just finished or are still unfinished as of this writing.

A note: the title links helped me paraphrase each book’s summary.

That all said, let’s get into it!