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Let’s Book It To The Movies

Posh rounds up the latest news on film adaptations of YA books.

Let’s Book It To The Movies

Hey y'all! So, I was just about to publish today's book report when I realized that it doesn't actually come out until June. HIGH FIVE, I'm an idiot. And since we prefer to review books closer to the pub date, so you won't have to wait as long to buy them, I decided to save it til May and come up with something else to write about! Something easy! And quick! And not too complicated because Happy Hour is quickly approaching!

Fortunately, I remembered that there's a few YA film adaptations in the works, so I decided to check in on them and see if they'll, you know, actually happen. I also want to give y'all an opportunity to tell Hollywood which books you'd like to see on the silver screen, because Hollywood totes reads this blog as evidenced by their stellar casting choices for such roles as Peeta and Gale. PSYCHE.

First up, The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson!

According to the internets, Selena Gomez has optioned the book and plans to star in the film. Which is perfect, because she's exactly who I cast! Except not really! Look, Selena is cute, and I'm glad she's smooching with the Biebs, but I fear that her involvement will turn this wonderfully bittersweet book into a feel good Disney movie.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Ever since Megan McCafferty announced that the first Jessica Darling book, Sloppy Firsts, would be made into a film, everyone's been wondering the same thing: Is there a real human being in existence who can actually handle the hotness of Marcus Flutie?!! I kinda doubt it, but I hope the casting directors give it their best shot, because NO ONE BETTER EFF WITH THE FLUTIE.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

If I knew anyone who worked for the Kleenex corporation, I would tell them to broker a sponsorship deal IMMEDIATELY with the Jellicoe Road film. Because that movie is going to sell a TON of tissue. We don't know much about it beyond what Melina Marchetta wrote on her site, but it looks like it will be filmed and produced in Australia. And if I have to buy an international DVD player to watch this movie, SO HELP ME GOD I WILL DO SO.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

For a while there, this movie was looking good. Ok, well, sort of good. Dakota Fanning was set to star (good), and Catherine Hardwick was set to direct (not so good). But then they both dropped out. And now I'm super sad because it seems like this INCREDIBLE, HEARTBREAKING story won't make it to the screen. I couldn't find any updates on Gayle Forman's blog (granted, I only spent five minutes looking), and nothing new came up on Google. But you know, maybe it's for the best. After all, I can't imagine how a film adaptation could capture the emotional depth of the story, and I would hate for Hollywood to sully such a beautiful book.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

According to IMDB, this movie is slated for 2013 release. But there's no mention of Taylor Lautner, even though the internets told me a while back that he was locked in for Finn. While I love me some jorts, I never pictured Taylor as the right fit for Finn, but then again, without his involvement, I wonder if the film will ever get made.

So, did I miss any news? Oh right, right, the Mortal Instruments movie. Yeah, DON'T CARE.

But I do really really hope that the following books are optioned for film, because not only are they awesome, I think they would translate well to the screen:

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

But hear this, Hollywood. If you do decide to take on any of these masterpieces, and you screw them up, I WILL FIND YOU AND TAKE YOU DOWN. Which won't be hard to do, because that big sign makes it preeeetty obvious.

Ok, fellow YAngelists, what YA books do YOU want to see on the big screen?

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).