The 10 Worst YA Book-to-Screen Adaptations 

We’ve all been there, your favourite author has just announced that their book is being made into a film. You want so much for it to be amazing – you watch it and your heart sinks. It was terrible.

So in spirit of this disappointment, I’ve put together a list (1 being the worst, 10 being the least worst) of the worst YA book-to-screen adaptions. Obviously, over the years there have been a lot – so these are just the ones I’ve read/watched!

1. The Mortal Instruments – I love this series and all its’ spin offs. I however, thought this was possibly the worst film adaption of a book I’ve ever seen. If you hadn’t read the book, you wouldn’t have had a clue as to what was happening. Hell, I have read the book and even I wasn’t sure some of the time! Overall, the only positive was that it was fairly well cast, aside from that, the plot was messy and confused, out of sequence and just generally baffling.

2. Percy Jackson – This is for the entire film franchise, mostly because there’s so much in the books it’s hard to get all of that great writing into one film – not only that, but a lot of the content was changed for the films. They completely screwed up with the second film (Sea of Monsters) as the ending was completely different! Overall, not the best casting, completely screwed with the plots and sequence of the books, and not enough of the original content.

3. Beautiful Creatures – I really liked this book series and was hopeful when this came out. However, it was disappointing on so many fronts, the entire look of it was something akin to willy wonka, which ultimately made it feel younger than the book suggests (which is ultimately a fair bit darker). I disliked the cast for the most part and it failed to really capture the attention of its viewers.

4. Fallen – This came out very recently and I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. I’ve read the book, which is mediocre and the film was about the same. It was a lot of brooding and staring combined with thinly veiled plot points slipped into conversation. Overall, this was dull.

5. Divergent – This is one of those franchises that is ridiculously over  hyped. I enjoyed the first two books and found the last one dull. The films themselves seem to lack a lot of the spirit and alien-ness of the new dystopian world and the casting was not very true to the books. There didn’t seem to be any chemistry between Woodley and James and was another YA film filled with brooding and staring.

6. Shadowhunters – Similarly to the Mortal Instrumets, this is a TV show based on a series of books by Cassandra Clare. The only word I can think of that adequately describes this would be ‘awkward’. The entire series makes me cringe, it’s one of those series you watch because you like the books and you’re bored. The casting is okay though there is little chemistry between characters, overall it all seems very…fake. Which, I know, it’s not real, but they’re supposed to make you think it is.

7. Vampire Academy – I love this book series and I actually didn’t mind this film. The casting was pretty good, and most of the essential content was in there – again, it all seemed very constipated. The books have such spark, the film didn’t do it justice.

8. The Maze Runner – About the same wavelength as Vampire Academy, I liked the book, the film was okay,  but ultimately failed to capture the essence of the series. Most of the content was there and it was well cast, though.

9. Twilight – Like most other teen girls, I was obsessed with twilight when it first came out (the book). It was funny, the main character was likeable and brave and Edward was suave and dreamy. The film managed to turn 90% of this book into something dull, distant and cold. The portrayal of Bella and Edward’s characters was bad overall, though the look of the characters was all pretty spot on. There’s also a lot of book details left out (which is inevitable) which detracts from its appeal.

10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – I know. Gasp. I love Harry Potter as much as the next girl, (a lot), but this book was absolutely huge. Literally, there was so so much in it that didn’t make it into the film that whole plot points were glossed over/changed. The franchise as a whole, misses out on so much of the trio’s personality – Harry is so sassy, Hermione is more than just a book worm and Ron says funnier things than just ‘bloody hell’. So much was lost in the films, entire characters even, that detracted a lot from the entire viewing experience.

Thus concludes my list. What do you think? Are there any others you think should be on here? Comment below and let me know what you think!

Thanks everyone,



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