Wednesday, 10 April 2013

RTW: Book to Big Screen


Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a writing-or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.


This week’s question is:

The Veronica Mars Kickstarter success makes us wonder, what YA book would you raise $2 million to see a movie version of?

This is such a tough question, because there are so many YA books I’d love to see on the big screen. I think television and movies have had a huge impact on writing in terms of style and pacing, so more and more books seem suited to make that jump from the pages to the theatre.  That being said, I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to just one. I cheated and chose three:


1. Grave Mercy: This is one of my all-time favourite YA novels, so it probably tops my list of hoped for movie adaptations. I love a good historical film, and medieval Brittany would be a perfect setting. Castles! Its political intrigue would be exciting to see played out on the screen, as would scenes with Ismae the assassin in action. And I fully admit that I’d enjoy the chance to ogle movie Duval (who is an adult, I might add). Not even gonna try to skirt around that one. I imagine this movie with a gorgeous, sweeping soundtrack that might include touches of traditional Breton music. (I actually own a CD of traditional Breton music by the Chieftains, so I know what it sounds like.)


2. Under the Never Sky:  I would love to watch a good CG depiction of an Aether storm on the screen. Plus the contrast of the primitive and technologically advanced societies in this book would be interesting to see. And can you imagine the speculation on who would play Perry? That could get a little crazy, folks. Of course, I’d want them to transform the entire trilogy into movies, because Through the Ever Night was an even better book than the first one.


3. Blood Red Road: This story has cage fights, an epic journey, bizarre characters, and one tough heroine. I think the gritty world Moira Young created would make a great movie setting. I know many readers were split on this, but I loved the flow of the language in Blood Red Road and would really enjoy hearing the dialogue acted out. They’d have to cast one heck of an actress in the role of Saba, someone who could give Jennifer Lawrence a run for her money.


Honourable mention goes to Cinder and Shadow and Bone. Honestly, there are probably a tonne of others I could have added to this list. Any time I see another YA book is scheduled to be turned into a movie, it makes me excited.  Assuming the movies are made well, it’s great exposure for all YA stories.

What YA book would you most like to see on the big screen?

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  1. All of these would make awesome movies! It's funny, because BLOOD RED ROAD didn't readily spring to mind, but you are so right. I would love to hear the dialogue too. The funny thing is, given the fact that JLaw is from Kentucky, she'd probably actually do the dialect justice. :) (Though, she's not how I pictured Saba.) All of this is just reminding me that I still need to read REBEL HEART.

    I'm feeling swoony just thinking about casting either Duval or Perry. Yikes! I need some smelling salts. ;)

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    1. They'd have to find an actress willing to shave her head for all those cage match scenes. And yes, you definitely need to read REBEL HEART already. I really want to know what you think of it! Please share your smelling salts. Duval and Perry in the same sentence is making me woozy. ;)

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  2. This is a fun RTW topic! Don't know if I'll have time to participate today, but I definitely agree with your honorable mentions--haven't read the books you picked. :) I also think Splintered would make a GREAT movie.

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    1. You're right, SPLINTERED would make such a great movie. Very colourful and lots of opportunities for impressive CG!

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  3. Absolutely! GRAVE MERCY would make a great movie. I love strong female characters and Ismae is one of them. Great Picks.

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    1. Yes, Ismae is one of the best protagonists I've encountered in a long time, and I'd love to see her in action on the big screen! I feel like GRAVE MERCY has all the elements of an awesome film.

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  4. I haven't read any of those, but I've seen them and thought about adding them to my TBR list. The decision is made - TBR added! Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! The writing in all three is stellar, plus they all have sequels, so if you like them there's more to read already. :)

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  5. Great choices. I haven't read GRAVE MERCY or UNDER THE NEVER SKY, but they're definitely on my TBR list. (Bumped up a little now, having read your post. :)

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    1. The sequel to GRAVE MERCY is on its way to me via mail right now, and I can't wait because the series is that good so far. THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT was even better than UNDER THE NEVER SKY, so if you enjoy those there are good sequels in store for you. :)

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  6. On the one hand, it's nice to see YA novels getting Hollywood attention--not only is this very financially rewarding for the author, but it draws attention to good books. But on the other, it's a bit of a cop-out for Hollywood. Are directors these days so short of new ideas they have to troll Barnes and Noble for inspiration?

    I've not read any of your three picks, Erin, but your enthusiasm is duly noted, and may sway me to pick up one or two of them. :)

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    1. YA literature has become so popular that it does seem like Hollywood just wants a piece of the pie. There probably are some directors or producers that genuinely want to see books they love come to life in films, but realistically a large percentage of Hollywood's interest in YA books is fueled by dollar signs. While I love the idea of seeing some of my favourites transformed into movies, I also worry about directors misinterpreting books or bringing their own "artistic vision" to stories that may or may not do an author's work justice. It's fun to speculate, but all said and done books are still my first choice. :)

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    2. Colin, it's funny you ask that, because the first thing I did when I saw that Pan's Labyrinth was in theaters, I ran to Walden's (okay, so this was a while ago) to buy the book before I saw the movie. I was surprised when they said there wasn't one. I had just assumed a movie that looked so cool would have been based on a book.

      Truth be told, I rarely go to the movies unless the movie was based on a book first.

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  7. I am about to read Grave Mercy so I am glad you love it!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it too! I'm waiting for the sequel to get here in the mail. :)

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  8. Out of your picks, I've only read Blood Red Road... but I think they'd need a whole heck of a lot more than $2 million to film it! It's a wild story.

    I'd love to see 'There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom' brought to the big screen, even though it's an older story. I'd pitch in a few bucks to see 'The Book Thief' adapted for screen as well.

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    1. Yeah, they'd need a way bigger budget to turn BLOOD RED ROAD into a movie. I read somewhere else that it's been optioned, but whether that pans out remains to be seen. I also read that the rights for THE BOOK THIEF have been optioned, so you might be in luck! I'd love to see that one in film form too!

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  9. Not a big fan of kickstarter, but I would like to see the movie for Unwind (by Shusterman) and The Alone series (bk1: Chasers, by Phelan). Have to admit, I haven't read any from your selection, but love the covers!

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    1. I haven't read either of the books you mentioned, but I'm familiar with UNWIND, and its premise sounds really thought-provoking. In fact, I should probably put that one on my never-ending TBR list. :)

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  10. I hadn't heard of the Veronica Mars kickstarter before I read this post. (I live under a rock.) Just looked it up--so interesting!

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    1. You know, I never watched Veronica Mars, because by the time I heard it was a good show it had been cancelled. If they finish the series with the movie though, I guess I'd better get watching. Kickstarter is a pretty cool concept!

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  11. I'd have to pick an older YA, So You Want to Be A Wizard. Written in the 80s, but it's based around word magic and has so many science concepts thrown in there along with Alternate New York City and it's sentient cabs and a sewer dragon and resetting time. I've read the book so many times and it never gets old, I could watch the movie over and over again.

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    1. Even though SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD has been around for a while, I haven't read it yet. After the Harry Potter books ended, I bought a copy of it at a used book sale, so I'll have to get around to reading it sometime. It sounds really good!

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  12. I actually haven't read any of these, but from the description I'd go for the first one with the Brittany castles :)

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    1. GRAVE MERCY was one of the best books I read last year, so that would be a good choice! And castles automatically make a movie feel epic. :)

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  13. It's so true! Some books made into movies really hit the mark and others don't come close to meeting expectations. I'd like to see Grave Mercy too made into a movie!

    Happy writing,
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    1. That's why books will always be my favourite over movies. Glad you agree about GRAVE MERCY. After writing this post I'm really, really wishing someone would buy the movie rights!

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  14. I haven't read any of these, but I believe I have all the ebooks.

    I'm not much of a movie person, but I'd probably chose some of my favorite YA contemporary novels.

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    1. I enjoy movies, but books will always be my favourite. If you have all the ebooks then you have some great reads in store!

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  15. I love love Blood Red Road... stopping by from Blogger Blitz AND from when Picture Me Reading Mentioned you.

    Angie
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    1. BLOOD RED ROAD has one of the strongest voices I think I've ever read. I love Picture Me Reading! Such a fun and informative site!

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  16. Hmm besides my own :P. No I think if I had to choose one Eon by Alison Goodman would be great.

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    1. I just read the synopsis for Eon and it looks like a great book. Might have to add that one to the reading list. :)

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  17. The only one of these books I've read so far is Under the Never Sky, and I absolutely LOVED it! I would love to see the Aether too=) Grave Mercy is already in my TBR pile and now I'm going to add Blood Red Road; your description of it sounds amazing.

    Congratulations... You've been BLITZED=)

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    1. I'm not sure if you've read THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, the sequel to UNDER THE NEVER SKY, but it's even better. I hope you enjoy GRAVE MERCY and BLOOD RED ROAD as much as I did!

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  18. I haven't read any of these. Adding a couple titles to the old TBR pile.

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    1. All three are great books. Hope you enjoy them!

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  19. Not read these books but you have asked great questions. Lovely blog.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment on my blog. I appreciate it. :)

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  20. ooh - I have to 'fess up hhere - I write YA, so I'd love to see Jigsaw Pieces, my Ebook, made into a film - I think because it features some big issues - like grooming teenagers, and bullying outsiders, and because there is a WW1 subtext, that I think would make a good 'subplot'.

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    1. Well, I'll have to fess up too and say that I sure wouldn't mind seeing my own book in film form someday. Your story sounds interesting. :)

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  21. Consider yourself Blitzed. Coming by via Laura Eno's home space. And, I have to confess I would much, much rather read than watch movies. Then, if I want to back track or think about something for a while I don't either miss the action or send whoever is watching with me to distraction.

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    1. Moving at your own pace through a story is definitely an advantage books have over movies. I enjoy movies, but I'll always prefer books too. :)

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  22. Hello from the Blitz team - happy blogging.

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  23. I don't know much about YA books but I loved seeing The Da Vinci Code movie (though the book is still better!). You've been blitzed! All the best as you continue with your blog :)

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    1. Who wouldn't want to watch Tom Hanks, right? Thanks for joining the blitz on my blog. :)

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  24. Great to meet you Erin! I'm glad you highlighted Grave Mercy because it sounds like a book I'd really enjoy and a movie I'd love to watch. Enjoy the blitz! :D

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    1. It's great to meet you too! GRAVE MERCY is so good, and I have the sequel sitting here waiting to be read. I'm definitely enjoying the blitz. :)

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  25. I have been behind on my reading lately. Thanks for recommending these great books. I have to stock up for my summer vacations.
    Cngrats on getting blitz-ed!

    Sania at Embracing Dawn

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    1. All three of these would make great summer reads. They all have sequels now too, so if you like them, there's more to keep you busy on your vacation. :)

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  26. Hope you get heaps of attention for the blitz :)

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  27. Woo, I feel like I entered a new world, Erin!

    I was not expecting to come across a YA blogpost, but I'm glad I did :)

    Also, this is a really fun question for me to think about, and I enjoyed your reasoning...

    I think my contenders would be:

    Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
    Tamsin - Peter Beagle
    Holes - Louis Sachar

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    1. Glad to introduce you to the world of YA then! I'd like to see a movie of Neverwhere too, seeing as I loved the book. Holes was a great read too. It was actually made into a movie a number of years ago, and I really recommend it. They did a great job of staying true to the book. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  28. Starters by Lissa Price is my pick. I like your choices and you've been blitzed.

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    1. I've never read STARTERS, but I've seen it at the bookstore and it's one I definitely need to read someday. :)

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  29. I LOVE Blood Red Road! It would make such a good film! At first I was unsure of the style but it turned out to be one of those all-nighter books because of how fab the characters and action and excitement etc were.

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    1. I couldn't put it down either! I'd heard that people either loved the voice of the book or hated it, so I wasn't sure when I picked it up. The style really flowed for me, and like you said, it had lots of action. Great characters too! :)

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  30. There are so many great YA books just crying out to be made into movies. I've been reading the Ashes trilogy and they'd make a fantastically creepy movie! But there are hundreds more too. Don't get me started talking about movies or YA. You'll have me blathering for hours!

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    1. I agree and I could probably talk about it for hours too! They seem to be mining the YA category more and more for movie ideas, which is really cool. :)

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  31. Good to meet you, Erin - making a visit as part of today's Blog Blitz! I'm not much of an expert on YA, but I will definitely point my daughter in the direction of your blog!

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    1. Good to meet you too and thanks for taking part in the Blog Blitz!

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  32. I'd have to put a vote in for the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix.

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    1. You know, I have the Abhorsen Trilogy sitting one of my bookshelves and I haven't read it yet. Your comment is a good reminder that I need to get around to that!

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  33. I am participating in blog blitz so dropping in to say hello! I already know you through FF but I am totally jazzed to read your reviews!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the reviews, especially seeing as I've really enjoyed the reviews on your blog as well. :)

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  34. There are too many books I'd love to see adapted to the screen. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of them.

    Enjoy your blitz day!

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    1. Yes, I'd love to see a movie of Daughter of Smoke and Bone too! I read on Laini Taylor's blog recently that they're planning on making a movie, so hopefully that pans out. :)

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  35. Hey Erin! You've been Blitzed!
    Nice to meet you - new follower.

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    1. Nice to meet you too, Alex! Thanks for stopping by and for following my blog. :)

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  36. Congratulations Erin you have been Blitzed enjoy the day.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks! I'm definitely enjoying it. :)

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  37. Hi, Erin! You've been blitzed. Nice blog. I'm a new follower. :)

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    1. Hi! Thanks for the compliment on my blog and for following! :)

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  38. Hi Erin, nice to meet you just saying hi from the Blitz team!

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  39. Top of the morning...and the work week..to you! How about we start things off with a digital dog pile!! :)

    You've been Blitzed! Have a great day.

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    1. This is by far the most exciting thing to happen on my blog! Thanks for organizing the Blitz, DL! Hope you have a great day too!

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  40. I've heard rumors that A Great and Terrible Beauty was getting turned into a movie but my daughter and I are still waiting....argh.

    Happy Blitz Day! :)

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    1. Well, I hope the rumours are true so you get your movie wish. :)

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  41. i love your reviews! i will have to try smoke & bones, always looking for good examples of beautiful prose! nice to meet you!

    happy monday!

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  42. Good morning, Erin. You've been blitzed! I love your list of books-to-movies ideas and I agree that if done well, movies can really help the YA adult genre. But poorly made movies, which happens so often, really hurt.

    Happy Monday!
    Michelle

    *New follower

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    1. Good point. I hate seeing bad movie adaptations. It makes me wonder why they don't just stick to the book, especially if the book was really well written. Thanks for stopping by and for following!

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  43. There seem to be an awful lot of books being adapted n recently, so hopefully we'll get to see some more great books brought to life on the big screen soon! I think Blood Red Road would make a great film. Others I'd love to see on-screen are Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (I see you loved this one, too!) and The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

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    1. It's really exciting to hear about all the YA books getting optioned for movies. They're supposed to be making a movie of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I'm really excited about. I haven't read The Iron King yet, but might have to check it out. :)

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  44. I haven't read Blood Red Road, but loved the other two you mentioned. Those would be great movies. And like Emma, I'd love to see The Iron King as a movie.

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    1. I had a hard time narrowing down my choices because there are so many YA books that would make great movies. Hmm, seems like The Iron King is a popular choice. I'm going to have to add it to my TBR list. :)

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  45. Aloha from somewhere in the Pacific:)

    Happy Blitz Day and nice to meet cha :)

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  46. Hi Erin! Have a great Blitz day.

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    1. Hello! I'm having a great Blitz day, thanks!

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  47. I'm an old lady and a fan of YA novels. I look forward to reading some of those you mentioned. And anything SciFi. Good luck with your work. I'm glad to have found you.

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    1. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did then, and I'm glad you found your way here! :)

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  48. Happy Blog Blitz, Erin, and nice to meet you! I just read GRAVE MERCY and absolutely loved it. I can see it becoming a movie easily. Who would you cast as Ismae and Duval? I'm not sure who I'd want for Ismae, but I'm on a Richard Armitage kick lately after watching The Hobbit and North & South and think he'd make an amazing Duval. He might be a bit old for the part, but still...

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  49. Hi Erin! Great novels you picked there. Blood Red Road would make an awesome film. I would add that the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead would be good too, but they're already making a movie. Love your book and mug matches! :)

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  50. Hi, Erin! You've been blitzed. :) Nice to meet you!

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  51. Happy Blog Blitz Monday for you - better than tax day. Interesting post. I've been reading more and more YA novels. Ever since Hunger Games, I have found them to be well written and fun. Some of the movies - not so much, but I think the quality is improving.

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  52. Hello Erin! Hope you're enjoying your Blitz. Nice to meet you. :)

    The YA book that I would most like to see on the big screen is MINE (mwahahaha). OK, I suppose I'd better finish it and publish it before that happens. First things first!

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  53. You make me want to read Grave Mercy, it sounds good. I agree about movies affecting the way books are written these days. I don't think I like it...

    Have a great day - a new follower here!

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  54. I haven't read a lot of YA, but I think a good movie adaptation is a wonderful thing. It seems like the film industry sees "YA" and thinks bubblegum and mean girls, so I appreciate the freedom to innovate that comes with the crowd-funding model. It would be lovely to see some new, dynamic YA films brought to life instead of being reduced to Hollywood pablum.

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  55. I love to read the book and then watch the movie adaptation; and I think the screenwriters are beginning to realise how many people do do both. Gone are the days when the movie ruined the book (although the book is always better); and I enjoy the different versions of the same story.

    My favourite YA books are already being made into movies; the Chronicles of Narnia series.

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  56. Bazinga! You've been blitzed! Nice to meet you!

    I'm iffy about books being made into movies. Hollywood has ruined so many.

    These are YA books I've never read. I will have to get started on them.

    Have a great day.
    HMG

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  57. Hi Erin, anything with castles gets me interested! Happy Blog Blitz! Nice to meet you.

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  58. For me it can only be Philip Reeve's MORTAL ENGINES (which would then hopefully necessitate the filming of the subsequent three books in the quartet and then the prequel FEVER CRUMB novels).

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  59. Oh, I so agree about GRAVE MERCY! That would make a wonderful movie with the just the right actors/actresses. I believe the second book is out now or will be soon.

    Happy Blog Blitz! :)

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  60. I guess I need to catch up on my reading and read those 3! Thank you for sharing :) I guess I don't look at books for converting to movies because they don't always do a great job...one of my biggest disappointments was Eragon....awesome book...movie not so much!

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  61. New books to add to the ever growing To Read list... Thank you!

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  62. Grave Mercy is on my to read list.

    Happy Blog Blitz day :)

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  63. I've never really thought of writing a book so that it could be a movie, I'm conjuring images as I speak. I'm glad you chose three too :)

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  64. Have Blog Blitz Day!! As for what YA book I'd like to see made into a movie...there are so many, but maybe Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

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  65. I absolutely LOVE "Angelfire" by Courtney Allison Moulton. It's one of my favorite books (still have yet to read the sequels!) and would be AMAZING on the big screen. I'll probably post about that later this week haha, thanks for the idea!

    Speaking of books turning into movies, I'm doing a giveaway on my blog, giving away three books that will be movies soon! Head on over to printedpassion.blogspot.com to enter! Nice to meet you :)

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  66. You've been Blog Blitzed! Thanks for the reviews...Grave Mercy now on my Wish List.

    My Letter 'M'...Modern Marvels
    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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  67. This is such a great question. How do you choose? You know I will be thinking about this all day!

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  68. I was anticipating Under the Never Sky, so I don't know how I haven't read it yet. I must fix that ASAP.

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  69. Blood Red Road sounds pretty interesting and happy Blitz Day! :)

    Left and Write

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  70. Happy Blitz Day!

    I haven't been keeping with YA so those are all new to me. Under the Never Sky has definitely caught my interest, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  71. Hello, Erin! You've been Blitzed!! :) Happy Blitz Day!!

    I'd like to see Judy Blume's teen novels on the big screen. Actually, I'd like to see all of her novels on film!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  72. Hm, I know an MG I always wanted to see as a movie--the Indian in the Cupboard--but YA? I dunno, sometimes I don't know if I like teen-fiction as a movie genre. I like YA as a fiction genre, but I never watch teen-flicks. All the girls look alike, there's a trend either towards conformity in the acting and directing choices or towards a rebellions that's primarily self-destructive. I can't think of many teen-focused movies I've liked. I did read and watch "Warm Bodies"--the movie was okay, but the book was infinitely better. I still liked it, though. So that's a read I'd recommend, and a watch.

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  73. Good reviews, I'll have to check those books. Happy blitz! Have a wonderful week :D

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  74. Thanks for sharing your answers! Like you said, it's hard to pick one. Btw, you've been blitzed!! (-:

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  75. Happy Blog Blitz! It's been a while since I've read any YA, so I'm unfamiliar with the books you mentioned. Hope you enjoy all the company today!

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  76. Looks like I have some reading to do since I've not read any of those 3. I often am dissapointed when a good book becomes a movie. Something is so missing from the book. Still, I will go see the movie, "Just in case". BTW you've been blitzed today.

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  77. I feel so out of touch with the book world, I really have to fit more reading into my day because I haven't heard of those books either. Interesting post though, always something to think about... which book you'd like to be made into a movie.

    Happy blitz. :)

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  78. Hi Erin! Amy here from the Blog Blitz--I think you've come up with some awesome choices for movie adaptations! Have a "blitz-ful" day!

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  79. Hello Erin! I am so happy to be part of the Blog Blitz that will give you a lot of exposure today. You have a great blog site and these reviews make me want to check out more of the YA titles out there.

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  80. I haven't read any of those books you mentioned!!! Most of them are on my TBR though ;)

    I'm here for the Blog Blitz too! :D Hope you are having a fab day!

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  81. For starters, definitely going to need to look into those books! As far as YA goes, I was IN LOVE with the book "Blood and Chocolate", but they made a movie for it! Unfortunately, the movie is SO far from the plot. I'd love to see a remake done that's more similar.
    Beyond that, there was a book I read when I was younger called "Define Normal". It would make a great film if done correctly that would help the younger generation with some of the increasingly apparent self-image issues that they struggle with due to news, media, etc.
    Happy Blog Blitz!

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  82. Nice to meet you through the Blog Blitz, might not have found you otherwise. May you have a blessed week!

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  83. here from the blog blitz! I'd have to say, i'd like to see a Ship Breaker movie. That would be awesome

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  84. Hi, Erin! Have a wonderful blitz day! ; )

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  85. I haven't read any of these books, though Never Sky has been on my list for a while. Looks like I should bump it up!

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  86. I've heard of Grave Mercy, but I'm not a big YA reader. I couldn't offer an intelligent argument yay or nay, for any of them. But I will say you made me curious about your number two choice.

    We (I) tend to forget that YA doesn't mean a kid book. YA means Young Adult and that reaches a readership of young 20's too. I've read a few of those with characters in their late teens and early twenties. Some great stories in that group. I've enjoyed them.Many have been suggestions from my son--'mom, you should read this one is really good'. My son is now 18 and I've read a few of his adventure stories. He does like some fantasy, leans more towards adventure.

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  87. These sound like some really neat books that could be transformed into movies. I read a book over this past weekend, then watched the movie, which wasn't nearly as good as the book. It's interesting that you mention writing from the perspective of having a book turn into a movie. This adds a new twist and challenge to the writing, I believe, which has potential to make the movie that much better.

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  88. Hi Erin~

    I too have not read the books you mentioned, so I'm not sure if they would make good movies or not. I enjoy reading YA fiction, but there really haven't been good movies made out of them yet.

    BTW, you've been 'Bitzed'. If you had not already figured that out.

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  89. The only YA books I've read have been The Hunger Games and I would have raised money to see those on the big screen. Thankfully, I don't have to.

    I stopped by as part of the blog blitz. I hope you enjoy your day :)

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  90. I've never read any of those books, but they sound like they'd all make good movies. I really don't have a favorite book I'd like to see made into a movie. It would be so hard to choose!

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  91. I'm a fantasy fan, so a lot of the books I've loved have been or will be made into a movie. I'm especially looking forward to Ender's Game!

    New friend from the blog blitz!

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  92. Incoming! Hi. I'm part of the Blitz. Looked all around while I was here. You have a lovely blog.

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  93. I'd love to see a movie of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting or The Shifter by Janice Hardy, though I think that one is technically MG. Plus a whole bunch more. Lots of great YA books out there.

    Happy Blitz Day!! :)

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  94. Hi! So glad to have found your site - and you! I love your suggestions. I think in YA there is so much visual richness that could be mined for movies - I would love to see the MG WHEN YOU REACH ME adapted as well as THE FALSE PRINCE (which I think has just recently been optioned) I will absolutely check out GRAVE MERCY. And I agree with CINDER being movie-ready. Makes you want to break out the popcorn, right?
    Happy Blog Blitz!

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  95. Oh, I can't wait to check out your choices! Right now I would love to see a John Green book!
    Oh, I can't wait to check out GRAVE MERCY~
    Thank you!
    Nice to meet you and enjoy the Blitz
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  96. Hi Erin,

    Nice to "meet" you! :)

    I'm not familiar with any of those books, but I do often think when I'm reading a book, "This would make a great movie". We are a reading family so we do this often! I also enjoy finding reviews!

    Nice blog you have......as you probably already know, blogging friends are wonderful! :)

    Have a wonderful day and a great week!

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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  97. Blitz!

    I have no idea what YA novel it'd like to see made into a movie. Then again, I don't read YA.

    And yes, the episode "Act of Contrition" is one of the best episodes of BSG.

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  98. Happy Blitz Day!

    Also, Grave Mercy. I would love to see that as a movie.

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  99. I haven't read Grave Mercy yet, but a friend told me that I would love it. It's now in my TBR list.

    Hello from the blitz!

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  100. I would love to see Veronica Roth's Divergent turned into a movie!

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  101. Adding these to my TBR list.
    Happy Blitz Day! :)

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  102. I would love to see Cinder and Open Minds made into movies. Great post!
    Happy Blitz Day!!!

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  104. I haven't read any of those books, but they're going on my TBR list! I'd love to see the Divergent series on the screen.

    HAPPY BLOG BLITZ DAY!

    New follower here!
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  105. Happy blitz! what a great question. I'm so excited by all the adaptations I've been seeing lately. Perks of being a Wallflower made me crazy happy.

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  106. Ah!!! You just added 3 books for me to read! Thank you. I would LOVE to see Tahera Mafi's Shatter Me series on the big screen...love it. I am so happy to have discovered your blog through this blog blitz!!! Have a lovely Monday!

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  107. I haven't read any of those books, but I can defenitly think of quite a few other books I've read that would make interesting movies/shows; although I don't think any of them are YA books.

    Happy Blitz day!

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  108. I don't know, I always get a little worried when I hear someone is going to take a book I really like and turn it into a movie.

    Happy Blitz!

    ~MPL
    http://pepperwords.com

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  109. Hi, Erin! I'm here from the Blog Blitz, it's great to meet you! Happy Blitz Day! :)

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  110. Happy blog blitz! And you've listed some great books I'd love to see in a movie. From your post below, I saw Anne of Green Gables. My all time favorite:)

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  111. I'd love to see new release SPEAK OF THE DEVIL by Shawna Romkey made into a Kickstarter project. It's got 11th-grade new-kid-in-school angst, accident-survivor guilt and a war in heaven between angels and demons. Hometown and epic all at the same time.

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  112. I haven't read these but my pick would be Splintered or maybe the Uglies series.

    You've been blitzed!

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  113. Happy Blog Blitz!
    Hello Erin,
    I'm new to the site and unfortunately not well versed on YA literature to comment, but I can say that I love your voice (being a fellow fan-girl) and can see how lucky the YA community is to have you in it! I'll keep an eye on the site in the future, so see you later!

    Love, Beverly

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  114. Yep!! Happy blog blitz to you! I too, am not versed on YA literature to leave a comment, just like Beverly...actually I have never heard of it...I had better wake up!! Enjoyed your post very much, and I must do alittle research on this YA literature...I don't even know what that means! Ha Ha Sandy

    www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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  115. Congratulations; you've been blitzed, my dear!

    Have you read "The Princesses of Iowa"? (by M. Molly Backes) It would make a super movie.

    Nice to meetcha. Count me in as your newest groupie.

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  116. I'm so excited for the Veronica Mars movie!!
    Books I'd love to see as a tv series: Slammed, The Sea of Tranquility and Sweet Evil. Cinder would be interesting too :)
    Happy blitz day, Erin!

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  117. I loved The Giver, but I just decided to google it as I posted it and LOOK, great minds think alike! Jeff Bridges is making the movie! Another one from way back when my son was in middle school Was Monkey Island. It's by Paula Fox, and helps bring urban homelessness down to YA level, straight in your face. I think it'd be amazing, but maybe filmmakers don't want to deal with the idea of a real 11 year old boy abandoned to the streets. They were once middle class. The theme is dark, yet the struggle is contemporary and it's pretty scary what he goes through...and survives. This is my first blitz post! I'm so happy to be in the group, and I'm happy I read your blog.

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  118. I've never read Blood Red Road or Grave Mercy. Adding them to my TBR. They both sound like incredible movies. For some reason I couldn't get into Under the Never Sky. I want to try it again though.

    2 YA books I'd love to see as movies: The Gallagher Girls books (but then that's happening) and Scorpio Races-(my fav. read of 2012).

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  119. Erin! You have been blitzed! I'm a new follower. I saw they were making 'City of Bones' a YA book into a movie. It looked like it might be really good. I don't actually read much YA- so I have no clue how I'd answer this question. Have a great day!
    ~Summer

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  120. I'm not familiar with any of these stories, but they do sound exciting and would probably make fantastic movies. Great job choosing your favorites! Best wishes

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  121. Wow, you've read way more books than I have already this year. I'm glad to discover your blog through the Blitz!

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  122. I'm participating in my first blitz experience and it was a pleasure to browse your blog. Keep up the good work.

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  123. Blitzed!

    Great idea for a post. There are lots of YAs that I love (jsut to name one: The Summer of Skinny Dipping) - but I'm always afraid the movie won't live up to the experience of the book...

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  124. Happy Blitz! And I agree with Deniz...I rarely like the movie version of books I love; the last YA book-to-movie I enjoyed was Hunger Games and that's probably because I did not read the books--no bias. :)

    Take care!

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  125. Good topic for a blitz. Too bad everyone already mentioned my choices. City of Bones came to mind, but a poster said it was already headed in that direction. If the category was MG instead, I would have a ton of recommendations. Anyway, Enjoy your new found popularity.

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  126. DUDE! Now I have two more books that must go on my TBR list. Thanks for pointing them out.

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  127. BLISTERING BARNACLES - YOU HAVE BEEN BLITZED!!
    ENJOY!
    Writer In Transit

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  128. I'd love to see one of Ellen Hopkins books on the screen.

    Enjoying your blitz? :)

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  129. I don't read a lot of YA fiction but I am familiar with the Cinder one and would like to see it made into a movie

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  130. I have never heard of these books. It is always interesting when they make a movie out of a book , to see how much they keep the same

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  131. Happy Blitz Day! I haven't read any of these books but I do read quite a lot of YA. Looking forward to second Hunger Games movie and Divergent later in the year.

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  132. Shadow and Bone IS being made into a movie by Dreamworks. Cool, huh??

    BTW Happy Blitz Day! Great to meet you!!!

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  133. I have not read YA books. At that age I was mostly reading Michael Creighton and Sidney Shelton! But I did love Enid Blyton, earlier. These days, I read mostly non-fiction. However, I love to see YA + Sci-Fi movies. I hope such books do get made into movies... BTW, your blog has been BLITZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, it should be obvious by now :)

    Destination Infinity

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  134. I've heard so many good things about Under the Never Sky, I totally need to read that one. And Shadow and Bone is being made into a movie? SWEET!

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  135. Cinder is a GREAT choice for a movie! Happy Blitz!

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  136. Love the whole idea of the the YA novel to movie and the kickstarter funds to make it happen. Just another example of the power of the many instead of in the hands of the few. Thanks for posting about it.

    Bradley Charbonneau's Pass the Sour Cream A-Z Challenge.

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  137. Oh, I have so many favorite YA books that I would LOVE to see made into a movie! One I can think of right now is "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. One of my very favorites. :)

    Happy Blitz! :)

    Jaimie at Living in the Light
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  138. Look at you and your number of comments! You rock. I am a new follower and am delighted to be here. I am also participating in D.L's blog blitz. So, how does it feel to be blitzed? I bet it feels pretty amazing. I've never had nearly that many comments. It also seems overwhelming. I have trouble getting back to the handfuls of comments that I receive. I appreciate all comments and I love working with other bloggers to help newer bloggers. I am happy your blitz has gotten off to such a great start. I plugged your blog over on my "M" post today. Once you catch up with your blog blitz comments, I hope you will stop by and visit mine. If you have trouble finding me, I am number 528 on the list.

    Congratulations on being selected as the recipient of D.L. Hammons Blog Blitz. I hope your blog is a major success!

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  139. Oh, I hope they start using kickstarter for this! I would absolutely love to see if book fans could make as big a wave as TV show fans. I totally backed Veronica Mars, but I'd also back Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, Powerless by Matthew Cody, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and all the books by Bethany Wiggins (SHIFTING, STUNG). This could get really fun.

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  140. I would vote for Chad Morris's book. I'm reading it to my kids and it has all the visual fun of Jumanji!

    And hello! Nice to *meet* you!!

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  141. I'm not a YA reader - haven't even thought of picking up Hunger Games. But I'm sure these are pretty cool picks.

    ......dhole

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  142. I don't read much YA, although I did read he Harry Potter series in its entirety last year. Twice.

    Wow, it sure is busy over here today.

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  143. I would love to see a movie made from the Iron Fey series!

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  144. Well let's hope Hollywood is listening. I've not read any of these books, but what you highlight has me convinced that they'd be great movies.

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  145. Hi Erin - great reviews. Shooting on over from the blitz attack! ~ Nina :)

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  146. Anything by Robert A. Black!
    http://www.rablack.com/

    Hope you are enjoying your Blog Blitz!

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  147. Not that familiar with YA, I write sci-fi...but happy blog blitz to you!

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  148. Hey Erin! My YA is a Sci-Fi thriller. As an educator, I read as much YA as adult. :-) Hope this is a good week for you!

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  149. Welcome to bloggerland! Happy Blitzday!

    a-z challenge
    www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com

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  150. Cheating in this case is a good thing.

    I think with writers growing up with the influences of TV and movie [more so than our predecessors], it makes sense that they influenced the evolution of writing.

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