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Since the success of The Hunger Games film franchise, YA book adaptations have become increasingly popular. But not all book-to-screen adaptations do well, or even make it beyond the early stages of production. As such, some can fall under the radar. But no need to fear; we’ve compiled a list of five book adaptations you probably had no idea existed. Just because these films and TV series aren’t widely popular doesn’t mean you won’t love seeing your favorite characters on screen!
Delirium is a YA dystopian novel by Lauren Oliver, set in an alternate United States where love is considered a disease. At the age of eighteen, people are administered “the Cure,” where they are then assigned a partner with whom they will have kids and grow old. Lena Haloway has ninety-five days until her treatment, but after meeting Alex, a boy from the Wilds, Lena’s world is turned upside-down as she breaks the rules—and falls in love.
Fox was originally set to adapt Lauren Oliver’s beloved series into a TV series of the same name, but ended up rejecting the pilot and cancelling the show before it hit screens. Luckily enough, Hulu aired the pilot episode—starring Emma Roberts as Lena—on their platform for a limited time in 2014.
While the episode has since expired from Hulu, you can still find clips from the show on YouTube.
2. Maximum Ride
James Patterson’s popular Maximum Ride series follows Max and her flock of other mutant kids, genetically modified to have wings and a variety of superpowers. They try to live as normal a life as possible, even as they are chased down by ‘Erasers’ and are recruited to help save the world, all while running from the people who experimented on them.
Despite the popularity of the book series, Maximum Ride the movie received little buzz when it was released in 2016 on Digital HD. It appeared on Netflix on-demand following its released, but has since been taken down.
While the movie is relatively underwhelming, it’s always fun to see your favorite characters onscreen. If you’re hoping to check it out, the movie can still be found on select providers such as YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Prime Video.
3. Ruby Red
Kerstin Gier’s YA trilogy follows Gwyneth Shepherd as she unexpectedly travels back to 18th century. It’s there she meets Gideon, another time traveler who, as they journey through time, helps her discover who she can and can’t trust.
If you’re an avid YA reader, you’ve probably come across this series at one point or another. But have you heard about its 2013 film? All three books were adapted to screen…but in German. If you don’t happen to speak German—no need to fear! Ruby Red is still available on Amazon Prime with the option for English subtitles.
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Sarah J. Maas’ widely-acclaimed YA series Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, a young prisoner in the salt mines who is recruited by Prince Dorian to compete as his champion to become the next royal assassin. If she wins, she will serve the king for three years, before being granted her freedom.
Hulu announced they would be developing the series, Queen of Shadows, named after the fourth Throne of Glass book, back in September 2016, however, no new information has been released, leaving fans to speculate whether production has been stalled or even cancelled.
5. That Summer and Someone Like You
The 2003 How to Deal film combines two of Sarah Dessen’s YA books—That Summer and Someone Like You—into a single adaptation.
Someone Like You follows two best friends, Scarlett and Halley. Soon after the death of Scarlett’s boyfriend, Michael, she discovers she’s pregnant with his child. Meanwhile, Halley begins hanging out with Michael’s best friend, Macon, whose reputation as a bad-boy gains disapproval from Halley’s mom. Over the course of the book, Halley must juggle supporting Scarlett through her pregnancy, while exploring her new relationship.
Meanwhile, That Summer follows Haven, whose father is getting remarried while her older sister Ashley plans a wedding of her own. But when Ashley’s ex-boyfriend re-enters her life, Haven must come to terms with the past, as well as the future.
How to Deal interweaves these stories into one, using the characters of Someone Like You with plot elements from both works. If you’re a Sarah Dessen fan eager to watch the film, you can do so on Hulu, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video.
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