The success of The Fault in Our Stars proves that the young adult genre is alive and thriving. Sadly, it’s not exactly the best representation of the genre. If anything, it doesn’t even scrape the surface of all the good things YA fiction has to offer.

We cannot discredit John Green’s contribution to Young Adult literature, but there are definitely other novels that also deserve their own movie adaptations.

The YA genre ranges from romance to supernatural to comedy to coming-of-age, and it can be really good once given the right treatment. In this article, let’s focus on coming-of-age and romance young adult novels. It may be hard to pull off on screen, since most of the character development happens inward than outwards. They’re not epic love stories or sweeping tales of adventures, but clever storytelling can turn these movies into magic on screen.

1. ‘Stargirl’

ya-stargirl Author: Jerry Spinelli
Published: 2002

Jerry Spinelli is best known for his children’s fiction, but Stargirl as a young adult novel is compelling, quirky and fun. This makes for a colorful and delightful story as Leo Borlock tries not to fall for Stargirl but ends up missing her once she’s gone. An oddball as the main character will be a delight on screen so it’s a wonder why producers aren’t turning this into a movie.

2. ‘Anna and the French Kiss’

ya-anna-french-kiss Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: 2010

Anna Oliphant has life going great for her till her father decides to ship her off to a boarding school in Paris. She can’t speak a word of French and she definitely misses everyone back home. Everything takes the turn for the worse till she meets the charming and beautiful Étienne St. Clair. It’s the stuff for movies that a younger Hilary Duff or Amanda Bynes could have starred in.

3. ‘Eleanor and Park’

ya-eleanor-park Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: 2013
Take every stereotypical characteristic of a young adult hero and shove it somewhere else. It has no place in Rainbow Rowell’s second YA novel. Eleanor and Park has unconventional lead characters who are nuanced but have their own glow. It’s a poignant story of two outcasts who find that it’s with each other they belong. School bus rides have never been sweeter.

(Dreamworks purchased the movie rights to Eleanor & Park in April)

Related: 10 realistic YA novels that would make great movies

4. ‘Jumping Off Swings’

ya-jumping-off-swings Author: Jo Knowles
Published: 2009

Moving, emotional, realistic—these are just words that can describe the story of four teenagers whose lives are changed with one pregnancy. Friendship, love and sex are the perfect ingredients for a summer romance movie. It’ll be interesting to see this on-screen since there are multiple narrators in the book. A movie can give the story a holistic look and helps connect the dots a lot easier.

5. ‘Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret’

ya-are-you-there-god-me-margaret Author: Judy Blume
Published: 1970

Margaret is raised by parents who do not like to discuss religion as not to confuse her. But once she reaches puberty, she ends up talking to God about possibly everything since she has no one else to talk to. From religion to adolescence to wearing bra and making and losing friends, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret has proven to be a classic and at least deserves a screen adaptation.

6. ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight’

ya-statistical-probability-love-first-sight Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published: 2011

Just think of it as Before Sunrise for teens and instead of Europe, here are two strangers falling in love in the airport and in the airplane on the way to London. This novel questions the very fundamentals of love and even tries to understand the scientific reasoning before love at first sight. It sounds like a sweeping tale and just the perfect movie for a date night.

7. ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

ya-to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-before Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2014

Imagine writing letters to your ex-boyfriends and hiding them in your closet, never having the intention of sending them out. Imagine finding out that the letters are missing and you learn that these letters have reached their corresponding owners. The main character Lara Jean receives a healthy dose of reality and growing up in this coming-of-age novel.

 
Can you think of other young adult novel that will be perfect on screen? Share them below!

Author’s Bio: Dorothy Hunter is a blogger for Edugeeksclub.com. She’s a dreamer who loves to spend her Saturday nights cooped up at home with a good Young Adult novel or an entire series of her favorite TV show. She dreams of publishing her own novels someday.

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.