Happy August, and happy Monday, Hub readers.
Last month, we asked about your favorite historical fiction set in 18th century North America. A whopping 48% of you voted for Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains and/or its sequel, Forged (good news for fans of the series; the third and final volume, Ashes, has a tentative publication date of November 20, 2016). The second and third most popular choices were, respectively, either volume of M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (25%), followed by any of the 15 titles by Ann Rinaldi depicting the era (21%). Joseph Bruchac’s Winter People garnered 6% of the vote; The Portsmouth Alarm, by Terri A. DeMitchell, did not receive any votes.
This month, as many of us take refuge in that classic summertime heat-busting destination, the
air-conditioned refrigerated movie theater, the Hub wants to know: which current or upcoming YA/cross-over page-to-screen adaptation are you most excited about?
A note about the options: I included only films with a PG-13 or lower rating for the poll. This excluded the dystopian survival story Into the Forest (released July 29), starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, based on the novel of the same name by Jean Heglund, and fraternity hazing tale Goat (in theaters September 23), starring Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas, based on the memoir of the same name by Brad Land. Both of these projects have strong appeal for teens, especially older teens, based on their casts and themes, but I opted not to include picks with a R-rating, as that can present a barrier for teen viewers.
If you like to build Reader’s Advisory materials around page-to-screen adaptations, I like IMDB’s Coming Soon feature to help me stay on top of which movies are coming down the pipeline (use the drop-down menu to preview future months). November and December tend to be *big* months for movie releases, so there are plenty more future projects to get excited about (ahem, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening November 18!) . Let us know of current adaptations we missed, and resources you love for staying informed about new page-to-screen projects in the comments.
-Carly Pansulla, currently reading Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch