Monday, September 27, 2010

The next Harry Potter...or Twilight?

Since Harry Potter and the Twilight movie series will come to an end in the next two years, Hollywood is striving to give audiences a new reason to head over to their local movie theatres. This is why a lot of the popular young adult fiction novels are having their movie rights bought so quickly.

This small article by Jenny Davies gives us a list of 10 books that could possibly be the next record breaking hit at the box office.

The list includes:
-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
-The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
-Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
-Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
-Uglies series by Scott Westfield
-Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
-Wake by Lisa McMann
-Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
-Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
-The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Now don't get too excited. These novels all have a chance of being scrapped by the movie studios that now have rights to them. I remember when A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray was all set to be cast and then everything kind of just stopped.

This also leads me to my next point, does a book's fanbase have anything to do with the success of the film adaptation? Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was set up and hoped to be the next Harry Potter but that didn't turn out to be the case.

In my honest opinion, it has a lot more with luck than anything else and you can't recreate luck.

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