To celebrate the Thursday release of the first film based on their best-selling Beautiful Creatures series, we asked the series’ co-authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl to reveal their favorite film versions of young adult novels.
- The Outsiders – The Outsiders was one of my favorite books as a teen, so I was positive that I would hate the movie. But I ended up loving it. What wasn’t to love about Matt Dillon in 80’s?
- The Lord of the Rings – LOTR is one of the most beloved fantasy books of all time. The idea of anyone being able to capture Tolkien’s words on screen seemed impossible. When I heard Peter Jackson was the one taking it on, I had hope. He definitely delivered.
- The Harry Potter Franchise – These are amazing examples of book to film adaptations because the films stay true to the characters and the story. Which isn’t easy when the novels are hundreds of pages.
- Carrie – Stephen King has always been one of my favorite authors, and “Carrie” was one of the early adaptations of his novels. Everything about that movie and Sissy Spacek was as disturbing and haunting as the book.
- City of Bones – I love the Mortal Instruments book series – and Cassandra Clare, who is a doll. I have a huge book crush on Jace, and I can’t wait to see the movie.
- To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Because it is inarguably the greatest book to film adaptation, as well as the greatest illustration of tone in either genre, that I know. Plus, the movie stars Atticus Finch, I mean Gregory Peck. My two favorite men of all time.
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick. Known on film as Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. Because with the release of this film, sci-fi became cool and complex again. And because it stars Han Solo, I mean Harrison Ford. My two other favorite men of all time.
- Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. Known on film as Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Because I find both the depraved Kurtz in the book and Marlon Brando in the film positively bone-chilling.The Horror!
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Because who among us didn’t grow up dreaming of a chocolate river and a bright red mushroom cap filled with whipped cream? Gene Wilder, with his frizzled hair and his joyful creepiness, will always be Willy Wonka to me.
- Romeo+Juliet, or as I really think of it, Everything Baz Lurhmann. This spot very nearly went to the infinitely more popular Pride and Prejudice. But, in anticipation of The Great Gatsby, let’s just go ahead and give it to Baz now–because the young Clare Danes and Leo DiCaprio, in a technicolor Mexico City Shakespearean shake-up of a world, is something every high school student struggling through Romeo and Juliet should see. At least once.
In the photo, (l-r) are co-author Margaret Stohl, Alden Ehrenreich, co-author Kami Garcia and Alice Englert on the set of Alcon Entertainment's supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by John Bramley.