Books to Movies

For the month of November, teens at University City branch voted on what YA books they would like to see become movies. Below are some of the most popular selections.

An Ember in the Ashes is the first in a series by Sabaa Tahir. Laia is a slave and Elias is solider, but they are both not free from the Martial Empire, which is based on ancient Rome. Any person in the empire who does not vow themselves to the Emperor will be killed, as will their family and loved ones. When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she will do anything to get him back, even if it means risking her own life to spy for the rebels of the empire. Soon, Laia and Elias meet, and things begin to change. 

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a graphic memoir about Bechdel’s relationship with her late father who was an English teacher and funeral home director. During college, Bechdel comes out as homosexual, only to find out her father is as well. Soon after, her father passes away leaving Bechdel clueless about his life. 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh follows Shahrzad and the evil boy-king, Caliph of Khorasan. Each night, Caliph takes a new bride, and each morning, that bride is hung by a silk cord. Shahrzad is out for revenge when her friend is Caliph’s most recent victim. She must use her cunning mind by sharing stories to keep herself alive in order to enact on her revenge, but soon she finds herself falling for Caliph. Will Shahrzad get her vengeance, or change her mind about the king?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman is already in the works to be a movie by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Warner Brothers, although it has no future release date as of yet. The year is 2575 and a hacker, Kady, has just broken up with her boyfriend, Ezra. Two megacorportations are at war over Kady’s small, ice-covered planet that she calls home. Soon, Kady and Ezra have to work together to save themselves from the war and the plaque, but also from AI--the planet’s fleet, but who may not actually be their enemy. Interestingly, this story is told through hacked emails, military files, medical reports, interviews, and more. 

In Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Cath is a Simon Snow fanatic. Since she was a child, her twin, Wren, and she have loved the Simon Snow series; it helped them through a difficult time. As they grow older, Wren has stopped being a part of the Simon Snow fandom, but Cath has not. Now, on their way to college, Wren doesn’t want to be Cath’s roommate, so she is on her own for the first time. This is a great coming of age book for any teen. 

What YA book would you like to see as a movie?