A version of this post originally appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of YALS.
The 2012 theme for YALSA’s Fabulous Films for Young Adults was “Song and Dance,” and over the ten-month nomination period, committee members, fellow librarians, YALSA members, and teens nominated more than one hundred titles. The committee was pleased and surprised to see that nominators found many ways to interpret our theme, and we selected the best of the best films that would appeal to young adults ages 12â€“18. The committee is especially pleased to have selected titles that will enhance library collections as well as support young adult programming. Some titles present beloved tales, while others take on social issues that span the past and present. Still other films offer fun, catchy songs and conversations that will have you singing and quoting your way through the stacks.
To support our list, the committee has created a list of read/listen-alikes.
Classic musicals like The Sound of Music can be explored further in Memories Before and After the Sound of Music: An Autobiography by Agathe von Trapp, the oldest daughter in the von Trapp family. Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood musical retelling of Pride and Prejudice, will be enjoyed by readers of the countless retellings of the original. The book Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami will provide teens with more details of Indian culture.
Established musicians in their own right have created some of the best-remembered titles on our list. Fans of Eminem will enjoy his semiautobiographical movie 8 Mile and may enjoy reading The Rose That Grew from Concrete by fellow rapper and writer Tupac Shakur, Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes, and Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah. Musical duo Outkast provides the music and stars in the film Idlewild; their CD Speakerboxx/The Love Below will be enjoyed by viewers of the film.