In recent years there has been a boom in young adult novels being turned into movies. From Twilight to The Hunger Games and beyond, there hasn’t been a lack of teen romance, action and adventure to keep us on our toes. With Paper Towns hitting theaters this weekend, there’s no better time to take a look back on movies that brought our favorite characters to life and made super stars out of a lot of struggling young actors looking for a big break!
1. The Twilight Saga
Based on the series by Stephenie Meyer, the story of Bella Swan falling in love with vampire Edward Cullen made Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson A-list Hollywood stars and created a cult fan following of teens and young adults around the world.
2. The Hunger Games Series
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins stars Jennifer Lawrence. She brought her Oscar-winning acting skills to the role of Katniss Everdeen who voluntarily took part in and won the annual televised death match between children of the fictitious country of Panem.
3. The Fault In Our Stars
Based on the novel of the same name by John Green, two teens (played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) meet in a cancer support group and fall in love only to face tragedy and heartbreak after one passes away.
4. Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants
Ann Brashares‘ novels about different sized girls fitting into the same pair of jeans tells the story of great adventures and unbreakable friendships which were just as sweet onscreen as they were on paper.
5. Harry Potter Series
Chronicling the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, J.K. Rowling‘s story follows Harry’s mission to take down Lord Voldemort and crush his plans to become immortal and destroy all who stand in his way.
6. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
Starring Kat Dennings and Michael Cera, the movie, based on the book of the same name by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, the movie follows the two through a crazy night together in NYC as they try to find a secret show of their favorite band and Nora’s drunk best friend.
7. The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot‘s story of an average girl discovering she’s royalty sounds like a dream come true, but teaches everyone a lesson that no matter your position, existing life problems won’t disappear.
8. I Know What You Did Last Summer
The 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan was adapted for the 1997 big screen teen thriller. A group of friends allegedly kills a man, swears to never speak of it and are subsequently terrorized by a man with a hook who knows what they did.
9. Chronicles Of Narnia Series
C.S. Lewis’ fantasy novels were taken to the silver screen where the Pevensie siblings climb through a magical wardrobe and find themselves in the magical land of Narnia where they meet the great lion Aslan. They are then enlisted to protect Narnia from evil forces and help restore power of its throne to the rightful heir.
10. The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
Based on the first book of the series by Cassandra Clare, lead character Clary Fray finds herself in the world of Shadowhunters after her mother disappears. Family secrets and unknown powers are revealed over the course of the film starring Lily Collins. This series is the only one on the list that also is being turned into a TV show.