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Top Ten Tuesday: Forgettable Book Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Hi friends! It’s been a long yesterday, starting with a new job. We will see how much reading I can do this month considering I’m still adjusting with a nearly-overwhelming amount of new information.

Today’s TTT is a freebie topic. I’ll be sharing some YA book adaptations that may not be as memorable among the many that have been produced over the last decade or so. After all, there have been a number of box office successes (whether they were truly loved by the masses or not).

Among these include movies such as Twilight, Divergent and The Hunter Games franchises. If we’re throwing in TV series, we have shows like The Vampire Diaries, Shadowhunters, and the recently successful Netflix series Shadow & Bone. The number of adaptations from YA books are increasing, even with the most recent release of the Amazon Prime series Panic. With streaming platforms potentially changing the ability to make a profit off of book adaptations, I have a feeling we will only be seeing more in the future.

These others below are a little older and have therefore fallen between the cracks a little in our memory banks in the old system of movie releases or cable TV options. But, they deserve a little attention too. Hopefully you’ll find something of interest to watch in case you haven’t seen them before.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

1. Avalon High by Meg Cabot

When Allie, a teenage girl, moves to a new high school, Avalon High, she slowly realises that her classmates are all reincarnations from the legendary city of Camelot, trying to defeat a traitor.

2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Parasitic aliens take over the bodies of humans and erase their memories. Melanie must do everything she can to protect herself and her loved ones from this calamity.

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Mia meets with a terrible accident on her way to her grandparents’ house. Although Mia slips into a coma, she has an out-of-body experience and realises that she has to make a life-altering choice.

4. The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

Cassie’s world turns upside down when her mother dies mysteriously and she comes to know of an unbelievable family secret. What will happen when dark forces begin to pull Cassie to dangerous heights?

5. Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Siblings Edmund and Lucy, along with their cousin, Eustace, meet Prince Caspian aboard the Dawn Treader, the royal ship. Together, they face many dangers as they try to save the seven Lords of Narnia.

6. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

New York teenager Clary Fray learns a secret about herself, which leads her into an adventurous journey. Clary is one of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of half-angel warriors who fight demons.

7. Beastly by Alex Flinn

When Kyle, an arrogant student, humiliates Kendra, she puts a curse on him, which transforms him into a beast. To revert to his human form, Kyle needs to find his true love within a year.

8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Ethan awaits the day he can leave his small town and go to college. When he falls in love with Lena, a girl shunned by everyone, he learns a dark secret about her but wants to protect their love.

9. Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin’s crush Margo disappears one night mysteriously after leaving behind clues for him to look for her. Along with a bunch of friends, he sets out on a search mission trailing the clues.

10. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

At a scavenger party, R, a zombie, meets Julie and feels strangely protective of her. As he begins to regain his human tendencies, their love is threatened by the very difference of their existence.

How many of these have you watched? How many have you heard of? I’m excited to hear your thoughts.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Forgettable Book Adaptations”

  1. Yet another movie I like that I had no idea was originally a book: Warm Bodies. My husband and I really like that movie. I’m always more nervous reading a book that a movie/show I like is based on than the other way around, not sure if that’s normal or not. But it’s going on my TBR now, even though I’m not a big fan of zombie fiction…I have to at least give it a try. The only other of those I’ve seen is the Narnia one, and I don’t remember that movie very well. Though I’m reading through the series for the first time now, so I’ll watch it again soon enough, I’m sure.

    My TTT

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    1. Yes, I know that exact feeling of nervousness. I actually read Warm Bodies after watching the movie. I think it’s different (I really enjoyed the movie too) but the book is interesting in its own way even though it takes on a more serious tone. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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  2. So many adaptations! Other than the Narnia one, I haven’t watched any of them. I’m always a little leery when Hollywood adapts my favorite books, so honestly, I rarely watch adaptations. It’s always nice when a good one comes out, though.

    Happy TTT!



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