Whether you've been a devoted Twihard or made fun of all the Edward-swooning people lining up for tickets, you have to acknowledge that the success of the Twilight saga has been a major boon for authors of young adult novels, with similarly supernatural or sci-fi stories getting snapped up for their own movie adaptations. Between Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games, movies based on novels for young adults are about as big as it gets in movies these days, and every Hollywood studio is working hard to make their own franchise that's just as big a hit.
No matter how you feel about sparkly vampires, there's something in literature aimed at young adults for everyone, and there's at least one movie coming up that will fit your taste. So with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 closing out the mega-series, we're looking ahead to 10 more movies and the books that inspired them. Pick up any of these titles and be ahead of the game when the next big thing hits Hollywood.
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Warm Bodies follows R, a zombie living with other zombies at an airport in a post-apocalyptic world where people are in hiding (or become food). When R encounters a living girl named Julie during a routine hunt, he decides to protect her rather than eat her, and so begins the start of an unlikely romance.
The plot sounds a little ridiculous, but it really isn’t Twilight with zombies. Marion approaches the story with humor, easing us into R's mindset and building up to the character's slow awakening as he begins to fall for Julie, and she for him. It's less a romance as it is the story of two people who find each other at just the right time in their lives (or in R's case, his un-death), and their growing connection could be the start of something huge for humanity, which is on its last legs.
THE MOVIE VERSION: Jonathan Levine, who previously made the coming-of-age film The Wackness and the dramedy 50/50, shot the film late last year, with Nicholas Hoult starring as R and Teresa Palmer as Julie. Recent glimpses at the trailer and the poster-- both of which you can check out here-- reveal that the movie has held onto the book’s dark sense of humor. Warm Bodies is set for release February 1, 2013.