10 Best young adult book adaptions for grown ups

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Just because you are way past the 'young adult' categorisation, doesn't mean you can't enjoy The Hunger Games now does it?

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From Harry Potter to The Hunger Games admit it, you love young adult film adaptions as much as the next Twihard.

The Hunger Games

If you haven't heard the name Katniss Everdeen over the past year, then it's a good bet you are living under a rock.

The Hunger Games' protagonist, played by Jennifer Lawrence, carries Suzanne Collins' novels and the franchise that is now the world's biggest since Harry Potter, and boasts a cast including Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz.

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The Princess Diaries

Based on Meg Cabot's novel, The Princess Diaries stars Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis, a teenager who discovers she is the heir to the fictional throne of Genovia.

Acting and singing maestro Julie Andrews plays Queen Renaldi, Mia's grandmother. Such was the success of this film, a sequel - The Princess Diaries: Royal Engagement - followed in 2004.

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Harry Potter

It was 2001 when Chris Columbus' adaptation of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, sparking what would become the most successful franchise of all time.

With Harry, Ron and Hermione a mere 11-years-old, the books and films saw them grow to 16 - fitting in the perfect blend of awkward first kisses, practical jokes and more than enough battles and spells to keep everybody happy.

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Stephenie Meyer's novel Twilight became an even bigger success when Catherine Hardwicke's film hit cinemas back in the winter of 2008, introducing the world to teenage vampires and forcing everyone to be Team Edward or Jacob.

Regardless of your stance, there is no denying the magnitude of the novels and the film, especially in light of the whole Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson real life saga.

Percy Jackson

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series was kick-started with The Lightning Thief in 2005, the film adaptation following 5 years later with Logan Lerman filling the shoes of the titular demi-god. Focusing on the offspring of all those Greek Gods we learnt about at school, the film boasts an eclectic cast ranging from Sean Bean to Uma Thurman.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Based on the 1999 epistolary novel ('epistolary' being a novel written as a series of documents), The Perks of Being a Wallflower was the underrated coming-of-age gem of 2012.

Starring Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman, the films' director, Steven Chbosky, was also the novel's author.

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Beautiful Creatures

In a post-Twilight world, breath was baited as to what was going to fill the fantasy love triangle void.

Beautiful Creatures was the first of many attempts to take place in 2013, from the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl novel. Following two Southern town teens and their discovery of dark secrets about their families, the film was a box office disappointment despite positive reviews.

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The Host

The second film to step up to the plate in 2013's battle of the young adult adaptations was The Host - based on the novel by Stephenie Meyers herself. Despite starring Diane Kruger, audiences didn't take to the film with its plot following Souls, Wanderers and Hosts.

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The Mortal Instruments

Based on Cassandra Clare's set of young adult novels, The Mortal Instruments series burst onto the cinema screen with City of Bones, with a cast including Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Misfits' Robert Sheehan.

Taking place in an urban contemporary New York City, the film follows Collins' Clare Fray who learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our realm from demons hidden in broad daylight.

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Neil Burger's much-anticipated adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent is hitting cinemas in March. With a huge amount of hype, the story is set in a futuristic Chicago whereby residents are split into five distinct factions based on their personalities, and is ready to make Shailene Woodley into the star she has been denied since bursting onto the scene with The Descendants in 2011.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is released on Blu-ray, DVD and download on 17th March 2014 courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment




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