YA novels

Disney Picks Up Meghan Turner’s Novel ‘The Thief’

The Thiefacclaimed YA novel written by author Meghan Whalen Turner, has been optioned by Disney to make a live action adaptation.

Published in 1996, the fantasy is the first of the Queen’s Thief series, and follows a boy named Gen who, after being released from prison for stealing the King’s seal, a magus recruits him to steal a precious stone called Hamiathes’ Gift, which will allow the magus to claim the country of Eddis for his king. In exchange, he offers Gen worldwide renown, and threatens him with beheading if he attempts to escape.

Brian Duffield, who wrote such films as Underwater with Kristen Stewart and The Babysitter with Samara Weaving, is on board to write the adaptation, while Jim Whitaker, who produced such Disney properties as A Wrinkle in Time and Pete’s Dragon, is producing.

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As of yet there’s no release date, but the film is set to premiere on Disney+. While this is only for the first book of the series, it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing the rest of the six-part series soon enough. However, it’s also equally possible that Disney will attempt to pull a Dark Tower or Percy Jackson, and try to condense several books in only a single movie. All we can do is wait and see!


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5 YA Novels Being Adapted into Webtoons

As far as YA adaptations go, we’ve got movies, TV shows, and even musicals. But a lot of book adaptations are finding a home on WEBTOON.



Even if you haven’t heard of this platform, you’re probably seen some of their most popular webcomics such as Lore Olympus, unOrdinary, and Let’s Play! around.


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Some of the books that have been adapted are The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, The Fever King by Victoria Lee, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf, and I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells coming soon.



Webtoons are a great way of revisiting stories you already know and love, but also of discovering others that you haven’t read the book they are based on yet.


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So far, this is a pretty diverse list, with everything from fantasy to thriller in the mix, but hopefully more adaptations will make their way into the platform. In the meantime, you can head to the WEBTOON website, and if you feel like reading a fantasy you can read The Fever King. If you like your fantasy with a side of romance, try The Wrath & the Dawn. If you are in the mood for a zombie story, check out Rot and Ruin. And if your cup of tea is historical fiction with some OCD rep, try The Weight of Our Sky



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