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Movies Based on Young Adult Novels

July 29, 2014


Movies Based on Young Adult Novels

Our current Collector’s Promotion is “Movies Based on Young Adult Novels,” inspired by last week’s release of Divergent. Here’s a look at 3 titles in the collection that we recommend.

Warm Bodies (Lionsgate, 2013) based on the novel by Isaac Marion

As evidenced by the raging success of the Twilight franchise, humans and creatures of the night, even members of a wolf pack can make for a pretty hot romance. But zombies?

Warm Bodies is a tongue-in-cheek take on the classic Romeo and Juliet storyline, uniquely told through the perspective of our hero, R, a teenage zombie. After saving Julie, a human, from a pack of zombies, R begins to feel an attraction to her. While his feelings seem unlikely, given his being a zombie and all, Julie soon sees that the zombies are slowly starting to regain their human characteristics.

While the premise is just as crazy as it sounds, this movie never takes itself too seriously, which is ultimately what gives it a heartbeat.

Warm Bodies

The Outsiders (Warner Bros., 1983) based on the novel by S.E. Hinton

Set in the mid-60s, The Outsiders follows the story of a gang of kids from the wrong side of the tracks that get mixed up in a turf war. The original novel was written by Hinton in her teens, which gives the ever-familiar storyline a tender edge.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, this film marked the beginning of the careers of C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane.

Our collection contains both the original version of the film, as well as the 2005 “Complete Novel” re-release. The newer version contains 22 minutes of previously deleted footage to make it more faithful to the original book, as well as a new soundtrack.

The Outsiders

Flipped (Warner Bros., 2010) based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen

Our final recommendation comes from film historian Leonard Maltin. Watch this video he made just for Kaleidescape about Flipped.

Check out these and other titles, on sale now for just $4.95 Blu-ray quality / $2.95 DVD quality.

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