5 Young Adult Novels That Became Blockbuster Movies
Though many of us may not realize it, some of the movies that make the most money at the box office are based off of books. With a well crafted story and a huge book following, it makes sense that movie producers turn to novels for screenplays. With the surge in popularity of young adult novels, book to movie adaptations are bigger than ever. So if you are looking to watch a hit movie that was first on the bookshelves, here are five young adult novels that became blockbuster movies.
1. The Chronicles of Narnia
Based off the series by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia follows the four Pevensie children who discover a wardrobe closet that leads to a world called Narnia. Staring William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Georgie Henley, and Skandar Keynes, the first three films have made a killing at the box office, grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide. A fourth film is currently in the works, so it’s safe to say that fans will surely flock to theaters for the next installment.
2. The Twilight Saga
Twi-hards everywhere rejoiced when the rumors first swirled regarding the making of a Twilight movie. Based on the hit series by Stephenie Meyer, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, the story follows a teenager named Bella who falls in love with a vegetarian vampire named Edward, and it is a whole bunch of delicious drama from there. Fans everywhere lined up to see the films and the series has made over $3.3 billion worldwide.
3. The Hunger Games
Based on the bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games stars Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, and follows Katniss Everdeen as she fights for her life with her whole country watching. The first film in the series has made over $691 million worldwide and the second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has already grossed $409 million.
4. Harry Potter
Though Harry Potter may be considered a middle grade book, teens and adults around the world have fallen for the undeniably lovable wizard, Harry Potter. Based of the series by J.K. Rowling, the films star Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe, and follows young Harry as he attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fans everywhere gathered to see the movies and series grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide.
5. The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot’s charming coming-of-age novel The Princess Diaries was a hit with young readers, and also did some damage at the box office. Staring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, the film follows an average girl who discovers she is in fact a princess of the country Geneva. The Princess Diaries grossed $165 million and the sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, made $134 million worldwide.