Tag: Young Adult Fiction

Books to read before you see the film: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. Like every other year, 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and 50 Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.

Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Jesse Andrews

Following the success of the adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Hollywood executives have noted that there is a huge enthusiasm for intelligent and witty heartbreaking stories about teenage life and its tender mortality. The adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has already won plaudits galore at the likes of the Sundance Film Festival and many fans of the book are eagerly awaiting seeing the story of Greg Gaines on the big screen.

Feeling like an invisible nobody, Greg is happy to slip into the background and make low-budget movies with his best and only friend Earl. But when his mother insists that he rekindles his childhood friendship with leukemia sufferer Rachel, he has no choice but to do as any good boy should and listen to her. When Rachel stops her treatment, Greg and Earl decide to make a film especially for her – and it turns out to be the Worst Film Ever Made. But it’s also a film that becomes a huge moment in all three of the friends’ lives…


Books to read before you see the film: Paper Towns by John Green

We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations already with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and Fifty Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.

Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!

John Green’s Paper Towns
In cinemas 17 August

Paper Towns Cara Delevingne

John Green is one of the most popular authors writing for young adults at the moment and after the all-conquering success of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars (have you stopped crying yet, because we certainly haven’t…), it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to tackle some of his other bestselling novels. Paper Towns, starring the popular model and actress Cara Delevingne and TFIOS actor Nat Wolff, is sure to be on every teenager’s must-watch list.
A road trip with a difference, the story follows Quentin and his unrequited crush Margo Spiegelman as they head off on a revenge journey. But the morning after the best night of Quentin’s life, Margo has gone missing – and seems to have left clues just for him to discover her whereabouts!
A coming-of-age story that manages to recall the atmosphere of Catcher in the Rye but with the added element of a Scooby Doo-esque mystery, we cannot recommend you read this book before seeing the film enough!


Seventh Son in cinemas now – buy The Spook’s Apprentice for £3.49!

Following the success of recent young adult adaptations including The Hunger Games and Divergent/Insurgent, many teenagers are eagerly awaiting the release of Seventh Son – a film based on Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice.

With a more supernatural, magical and scary edge, the film boasts and all-star cast including Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, the film is sure to appeal to fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings and even perhaps Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

The story follows Thomas Ward as he’s given the chance to keep the County safe from evil – but is he up to the job? He’ll have to show his credential when he comes across the villainous Mother Malkin – who is widely regarded as the most dangerous witch in the County…

Dark and spooky, this is a great book for young readers to check out before or after seeing the Hollywood film.

Buy The Spook’s Apprentice from Red House for just £3.49.


The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and other Young Adult fiction characters

Eagerly awaited by fans around the world, The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in cinemas this weekend. Memorably brought to the big screen by Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen has become one of the most popular book characters of recent times. Joined by a supporting cast including Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mallark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in the film adaptations, she’s equally enduring in the novels. But Katniss is not the only character from young adult fiction to have quickly established herself as a favourite with young readers…

Tris PriorDivergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

In a dystopian Chicago, residents are forced to live in separate factions of a broken society as soon as they reach the age of 16. When she arrives, Tris is shocked by the horrifying actions of her faction and goes on the run… With impossible choices to make, Tris is a character that grows and evolves throughout Veronica Roth’s books which find her faced with horrible situations. Brilliantly portrayed on the big screen by The Descendants and The Fault In Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley, Tris is a truly memorable heroine.

 

ThomasThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

Waking up in a strange place with no idea of who he is other than his name, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien in the film adaptation) is the unwitting hero of James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy. Fast-paced and gripping throughout, these bestselling books follow Thomas as he leads a group of boys – and one girl – known as the Gladers as they battle to discover how they ended up in the Glade and just who has put them in such a dangerous and unbelievable place…

 

Clary FrayThe Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Clary – played on the big screen by Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins – was just a normal teenage girl living in New York City until she saw the brutal murder of an evil demon. Soon she’s transported into an (under)world of forbidden love with Shadowhunter Jace Herondale and vampires, werewolves and more… A character with normal teenage issues and interests who finds herself in a quite extraordinary situation throughout Cassandra Clare’s books, which begin with City of Bones.

 

Todd Hewitt and Viola EadeChaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Created by A Monster Calls and More Than This author Patrick Ness; Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade find themselves a long way from the Prentisstown they know in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. Battling through compelling and disturbing experiences that cover everything from war and gender politics to the sometimes ever-so-slight difference between good and evil, the duo quickly become heroes as they aim to survive and thrive.


If I Stay – in cinemas now! Buy the book for just £3.99

If I Stay

If your eyes still haven’t dried out from the phenomenally popular adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, then be prepared to make another order for jumbo-sized tissues – the film version of Gayle Forman’s bestseller If I Stay is in cinemas now. A heartbreaking and poignant story, it will appeal to a similar audience and has an actor equally as talented and popular as Shailene Woodley in the lead role – Chloe Grace Moretz, the star of Hugo, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass and the upcoming adaptation of the Red House Children’s Book Award-winning The 5th Wave.

As the film brings Gayle Forman’s tearjerker to a whole new audience, many will be looking to find out where it all began… and Red House has a very special film tie-in paperback edition of If I Stay available for just £3.99, a saving of £4 off the RRP. A favourite with many young adult readers (and an all-time classic over at Sophie’s BookTube), the book follows the life of 17-year-old Mia, a girl who seems to have everything going for her as she looks towards a bright future. Surrounded by a loving family, the closest friends and a boyfriend whose band are set to be world famous, things are looking good… But then, the car crash happens.

Now alone and in a coma, Mia will have to face a difficult choice… Should she stay alive or let everything go and drift off with her family? As she weighs up her decision in her subconscious state, the reader feels her every aching pain as she has to find the courage to weigh up the toughest decision of her life. Heart-wrenching, poignant and an emotional look at the choices we have to make, this book will raise a few tears but keep you gripped and rooting for Mia as she clings on to her last remnants of hope and realises there is always potential in the future…

Available from Red House for just £3.99, our version of If I Stay contains interviews with the film adaptation’s lead actors Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley.


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