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Plenty of Young Adult books-turned-movies heading to theaters

“The Fault in Our Stars,” John Green’s best-selling Young Adult novel, has received much hype since its release in January 2012. And since the announcement that it would become a movie, the novel’s fame has skyrocketed.

As with any book-to-film adaptation, fans were skeptical about how the movie would turn out. But Green quickly reassured fans of the movie’s quality and even launched a tour with the movie’s stars, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Egort and Nat Wolff.

“The Fault in Our Stars” opens Friday, and while this movie has earned incredible fame even before its release, it’s only one of many recent Young Adult film adaptations.

Another one of Green’s novels will soon be headed for the silver screen: the rights to “Paper Towns” were recently bought by the same team who produced “The Fault in Our Stars.” Wolff is set to take the lead in the new film.

Rainbow Rowell’s popular novel “Eleanor & Park” has been picked up by DreamWorks Studios. “Eleanor & Park” was one of the top-selling Young Adult books of 2013 and even managed to nab a Printz Honor, one of the highest awards in Young Adult literature. Production for the movie is still in very early stages.

The classic dystopian novel “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is finally receiving the movie treatment. It will star Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and, surprisingly, Taylor Swift. More than 20 years since its original publication, the film version of “The Giver” is set for release Aug. 15.

Many other movies are either rumored to be or already are in the works. The movie version of “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman, to be released in August, will star Chloe Grace Moretz. The New York Times best-seller “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” also is on track to become a movie. Tim Burton, the movie’s likely director, is sure to handle the book’s gothic genre with ease. An adaptation of “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner is planned for theaters in September.

It seems to be a golden age for Young Adult book-to-film adaptations. These books-turned-movies fall into a long line of novels that received the same treatment, including “The Book Thief,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Warm Bodies.” And, of course, there have been plenty of famous book and movie series over the years, such as “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.”

The upcoming movies all show a great deal of promise, and there are sure to be more on the way.

Kathryn Krawczyk is a senior at Lockport High School.

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