YALSA’s upcoming YA Literature Symposium will explore the future of young adult literature. The symposium begins on November 2nd, but we wanted to get a head start here at The Hub, so we’re devoting October to 31 Days of the Next Big Thing. Each day of the month, we’ll bring you forecasts about where YA literature is headed and thoughts on how you can spot trends and predict the future yourself.
Hollywood trends have similar patterns to book trends; they come in waves. Based on the megawatt success of the Big Three — Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games — Hollywood is increasingly looking to YA books for their next big blockbuster. But even this larger trend has spawned smaller waves:
- Magical fantasies like The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Lightning Thiefwere made after the success of Harry Potter.
- New supernatural romances like Beautiful Creatures (2010 Teens’ Top Teen) and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2008 Teens’ Top Teen) fill the void the final Twilight movie is leaving.
- The Hunger Games, released earlier this year and with three more films to go, is already heralding film adaptations of dystopian favorites like Divergent (2012 Teens’ Top Teen nominee) and The Maze Runner (2011 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults), both currently in development.
But Hollywood is a notoriously fickle creature. Many books’ film rights have been snatched up by studios, only have the projects stall permanently at the dreaded “in development” stage. It’s difficult to gauge what will actually make it to the screen; even less predictable is how well these movies will do. While Hollywood is still riding the previous waves, they’re also placing bets on three other areas, hoping for the next big blockbuster.