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Beyond The Giver: Eight Amazing Young Adult Novels That Should Be Movies

UpdatePosted 08/15/2014 04:25PM

Beyond The Giver: Eight Amazing Young Adult Novels That Should Be Movies

Originally posted 08/13/2014 05:00PM

When The Giver hits theaters this Friday, it may seem like just another young adult novel transformed into a feature-length movie. For bookworms of a certain age, however, this is no mere summer blockbuster; this is a long-overdue adaptation of a Newbery Medal-winning work of fiction that changed lives and made some readers realize how powerful books can be.

Many young people opened Lois Lowry's 1993 classic at the suggestion of knowing teachers, book-savvy classmates or those book-order forms that showed up every month, and they consequently found a story unlike any they'd read before. It's dystopic science-fiction written back when Panem was just a twinkle in Suzanne Collins' eye, and it builds this rich world that, if Hollywood played its cards right, will translate beautifully on the silver screen.

Given the recent popularity of such adaptations at the box office, it's a wonder it took Hollywood this long to realize what a great movie The Giver would make. Still, it isn't the only young adult classic whose movie adaptation is long overdue. Here are eight more.

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It's Finally Here! Get Excited About The Giver with These Three Pics

The Giver: See Three Exclusive Photos from the Movie

Originally posted 06/26/2014 02:00PM

It's been 20 years in the making – and looks like it's been worth the wait.

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Meryl Streep Owns the Screen in Star-Studded New The Giver Trailer | The Giver, Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and a Little Bit of Taylor Swift Steal Screen in The Giver Trailer

Originally posted 06/05/2014 04:25PM

The latest trailer for The Giver turns the spotlight on the film's A-list actors: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.

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