Nov 20 2012 5:00pm

Coming of Age Coming to the Screen: YA and Romance Series Head to Film and TV

For those who are fans of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, you obviously know that the first book in the series, City of Bones, will be hitting theaters in 2013. It won't be out until August 23, but here's the first trailer for the movie (featuring Twilight's Jamie Campbell Bower, and Mirror Mirror's Lily Collins), and it looks pretty exciting.

Whenever a beloved series gets turned into a movie, there's a certain amount of fan trepidation. Will they represent the characters that I've come to love properly? Will they try and mainstream the ideas, concept, etc.? I tend to look at movies or TV show adaptations of my favorite books as two separate entities—I find it makes me a happier audience member in general, and I don't hold on to so much angst about the series.

The Prophet by Amanda StevensNo matter how you feel about adaptations it can't be denied that Hollywood loves a good book adaptation—The Hobbit, Twilight, The Great Gatsby (and those are just the titles coming out this year!). It seems in the last few weeks there's been a lot of news, especially in the Young Adult and romance genre, of books being optioned out for film and TV rights. One of the series joining the club is Gwenda Bond's Blackwood. Blackwood follows 17-year-old Miranda as she tries to find out the reason behind the disappearance of 114 people, including her father, from Roanoke Island—the same island where 114 people disappeared almost 300 years ago. The rights for the show have been bought up by MTV, but they're not the only ones buying up book series.

NBC bought up the rights for Amanda Stevens's The Graveyard Queen series. The series is a paranormal romance, but according to a member of Team H&H it's a little light on the romance and heavier on all things paranormal. It follows the story of a graveyard restorer who can see dead people and a haunted detective who solve a string of murders in Charleston, SC.

So, what do you think of book adaptations? Will you follow an author wherever they go, even if it's to the screen?


Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers and Criminal Element.

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Lege Artis
1. LegeArtis
I don't read YA, so I'm not familiar with Mortal Instruments story, but trailer looks fun! I'm hooked...
I loved Graveyard Queen! I hope they'll manage to maintain general sense of creepiness and mistery of the books; I think those elements were heavier then romantic ones...
2. wsl0612
@LegeArtis - oh you should read Mortal Instrument, it's a great series, MUCH MUCH better than certain *cough* sparkly *ack* vampires ;-)

Hmm, Graveyard Queen and Blackwood sound good! Never enough time for all the good things :-(
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
@LegeArtis, I'm right there with @wslo612. Mortal Instruments is one of my FAVORITE series and has a bit of romance—I'm talking about angsty crushes, a love triangle, mistaken identity, it's great!—plus a lot of action, paranormal elements. I can't say how great it is :) And yeah, the trailer looks sooo good!

I haven't read Graveyard Queen but Megan Frampton recommended it so it might have to add it to my TBR pile!
4. SassyT
I don't have a problem with book to tv/movie adaptations as long as they are done well. If it's just crap, then I don't like them. I'm very excited to see what they do with Veronica Roth's Divergent series (the first movie is supposed to come out in 2014...I'm stoked). I haven't had a chance to read The Immortal Instruments series yet but I've heard nothing but great things about it so I intend to read it eventually (I'm ahead on some book series and behind on others). I also heard there is supposed to be a movie based on the book Warm Bodies (about a zombie named R who falls for a girl whose boyfriend's brains he ate...it's a quirky book). So, I'm overall excited (for now).
5. carmenlire
I've been reading the Mortal Instruments since before there was even a rumor of a movie; I'm really excited to see the movie
6. poisongirl2106
Im extremely terrified and at the same time super excited for the movie adaption of The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon and even more so for her Dark-Hunter series turned tv show. Just really hope they turn out good cause im OBSESSED with those books:) Wasnt a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments but the preview looked really good, although not a fan of the guy they got playing Jace. Just saw a preview for Beautiful Creatures and it looked amazing, waiting for the book in the mail now.
rachel sternberg
7. rae70
I am always up for movies that give great storylines involving strong female characters!
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