Thursday Movie Picks #12: Movies adapted from a Young Adult Novel

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Thursday Movie Picks series returns with a new episode. This week, the theme is Movies adapted from a Young Adult Novel, a new hype in the heyday of cinemas. Still hosted Wandering through the Shelves Blog, this series calls upon all fellow bloggers to join this event by visiting the main page here.

Harry Potter started the hype around a decade ago; then other franchises came to flood the screen every year. Some survived but some failed, but let me present three of them that attract me more than the others. Shoot!

01. The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Among all the best YA novel adaptations, this Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his novel is always satisfying. Led by strong performances by the three young starlets—Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller—this film beautifully wraps all teenage angst, happiness, spirit, and drama in a whole movie full of colors and excitement. Adolescence can never be this natural!

02. Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood is a good story of lonesome by Haruki Murakami which is translated into an atmospheric, moody film by Anh Hung Tran. The plot has never shown any significance of a YA adaptation; but the core of everything in Norwegian Wood is the coming of age tragedy. I always love that this adaptation captures the beauty of the novel and projects it into some mesmerizing spectacles; with acting from Kenichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi in disclosing the secret of loneliness.

03. The Spectacular Now

Perhaps, Shailene Woodley’s best performance to date and Miles Teller’s second-best performance are mutually reflected by this adaptation of Tim Tharp’s coming of age novel. The Spectacular Now honestly uncovers troubled American teenagers’ angst in a bleak and palpable way (although, some bleaker truths were kept tightly on the deleted scene) through a sweet, adorable romance that always makes me think of it. The best part of this film is, definitely, the bewitching script written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, but what animates it is, obviously, Woodley and Teller’s stellar chemistry.


20 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks #12: Movies adapted from a Young Adult Novel

  1. Haven’t seen any of these, heard nothing but positive things about The Spectacular Now and Perks of Being a Wallflower. However, I remember my dad’s friend saying he hated Norwegian Wood, haha. Guess I’ll have to check it out myself.

    Good choices.

    1. The Spectacular Now and The Perks of Being A Wallflower are all sweet entries to depressing matters. Perhaps, Norwegian Wood isn’t everyone’s movie—looks so arthouse and too moody. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’ve only seen Spectacular Now, but I really want to see the other two. I had Norwegian Wood (no idea that was a young adult novel) on my Netflix instant queue forever, but kept putting it off. I should find it again.

  3. Norwegian Wood is the only film I haven’t watched from the list.
    I absolutely love Perks of Being a Wallflower. That film introduced me to David Bowie.

  4. Norwegian Wood has been in my watch list for the longest time. I’m currently reading the book so the movie would have to wait. I liked Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman in Perks, though I wasn’t much of a fan of the adaptation. Spectacular Now boasts great performances from Teller and Woodley. Nice picks!

  5. Perks is on my to see list and has certainly proved itself popular today. Never heard of Norwegian Wood, I’ll have to look into it. Sorry I hated Spectacular Now so, so very much.

  6. These are my kinds of picks! Love Perks, which is probably the best “teen movie” ever made. Great book! Same with Spectacular Now, which made my list. Both of those movies just cut right to the core of me. The other one I’ve never even heard of but the title alone is intriguing.

  7. I’ve only seen “Perks” and I love it. I keep meaning to see “The Spectacular Now,” just keep putting it off. Never heard of “Norwegian Wood,” but sounds like a very interesting flick. Great choices!

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