YA adaptation

Five Feet Apart

In pop culture entertainment, success always spans copycats, and it seems especially so with young adult books and movies these days. From over-intellectualizing self-aware teens, to 16-year-olds struggling to survive in a dystopian world, to teens dabbling in vampirism, you can name handfuls if not more of any given popular trope. Interestingly, we now have …

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Every Day

Based on the young adult novel by David Levithan, Every Day is the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), an ordinary sixteen year old girl who has been juggling everyday teenage life and problems at home. Her depressed father has lost his job and spends his time painting, while her mother (Maria Bello) is either busy …

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The Maze Runner

Set in a dystopian future (that old chestnut!) and based on the YA book of the same name (yes, another one!), The Maze Runner centers on a young man named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), who’s been mysteriously jettisoned via subterranean elevator to a completely walled community – called The Glade – of other boys, all of …

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The Giver

It is not writer Lois Lowry’s fault that it took 20 years for her acclaimed YA book The Giver to make it to the big screen. It’s not her fault that within this time, the teen dystopian trend makes The Giver looks like a rehash of many movies that have come before it in the …

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Setting: Dystopian Chicago—the buildings are decrepit, the water of the lake and the Chicago River seems to have retreated, and there is a tall electric wall built around the city. At some point since war basically destroyed the former way of life, it was decided that in order to live in peace and order, people …

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