“Plato : Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
Living the characters’ stories and getting lost in the scent of the pages..Yes! The magic of books is peerless. That is why when movies are derived from novels, the eagerness to watch those featured films is high as a kite.
The Elysian Magazone has put together a list of movies based on books for the adolescents.
The Princess Diaries (Age 12+)
Walt Disney presents The Princess Diaries based on the first volume of the best-selling series by Meg Cabot, published in 2000. The top-selling author was inspired to write the epistolary novel when her mother tied the knot with one of her teachers. The fun, girly movie came out a year later, starring Anne Hathaway as shy, teenage girl Mia who is raised by her single Mum in New York city. Mia’s routine life takes an unexpected turn when she learns that she is the heir to the throne of Genovia. If discovering that she was a real-life princess was appalling news to her, wait until she has to master Princess lessons from Queen Clarisse Renaldi, her dreaded grandmother who wants to tutor her about royal behavior.
Sandwiched between her grandmother’s high expectations and her romantic affections, Mia embarks on a sovereign life voyage.
are not encouraging anyone to throw an ice cream cone on the first
person who gets on their nerves but Mia has stood up to people who
gave her a hard time.
It is important to stand up for yourself even if the person you stand against is your best friend.
“Joe: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”
(Original quote from Eleanor Roosevelt)
Another valuable lesson that Princess Diaries taught us is that the ones who really love you will always stay by your side, even if you are going through a difficult change.
“Mia: Because you saw me when I was invisible”
“Mia’s Father: The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all”
The Fault in Our Stars (Age 14+)
Released in 2014, with Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters, The Fault in Our Stars is a comedy-drama movie based on author John Green’s sixth novel. Originally published in 2012, the book won the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction.
They say that being sweet-sixteen is a wonderful feeling,but; that does not apply for Hazel ,a cancer -patient. Though Hazel knew that she had to be grateful for the few more years she would get to live, she could not deny that the end was near for her. But, she saw a light in her dark life the day Gus walked through the door of her cancer support group and; so, the love journey of two cancer-patients teens was born. The movie englobes existentialism as it highlights important themes such as consciousness, mortality, the void and the meaning of existence.
The movie taught us that even if we know how the ride is going to end, it does not mean that we cannot enjoy it. We have to cherish our present and be grateful for what the world is offering us and, sometimes we have to take risks to open up amazing opportunities.
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
You are not defined by your illness, and your illness is not the story of your life.
“So what’s your story?” he asked, sitting down next to me at a safe distance.
“I already told you my story. I was diagnosed when—”
“No, not your cancer story. Your story. Interests, hobbies, passions, etcetera.”
The Twilight Saga (Age 13+)
“And, the wolf fell in love with the sheep”
It is no secret that every teenage girl has seen “The Twilight Saga” and adored the series.
The boys – not so much!
Stephenie Meyer brings us the teenage vampire romance between seventeen-year-old Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, the telepathic vampire. The first book, “Eclipse” was published in October 2005 and the movie, released in 2008 by Summit Entertainment, stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as the main characters. The novel received the award for Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2005.
Back to Seattle to stay with her father, Bella’s life changed entirely in the most thrilling way, the second her eyes caught Edward’s in her biology class. Intrigued by the handsome boy with the piercing eyes, Bella found herself caught in an unimaginable journey amidst vampires and werewolves.
From knowing the existence of vampires to being torn between Jacob and Edward, and finally turning into a bloodthirsty vampire, the story of Bella Swan takes you to a world of absolute fantasy,romance and suspense.
Not everyone is going to believe in you and your dreams. Having faith in yourself and in your potential when everyone is against you is the greatest gift you could give to yourself.
“Carlisle Cullen: Stick to your beliefs even if the world is against them. Respect the world’s beliefs, even if you are against them”
Bella didn’t have superpowers or vampire abilities to help her fend for herself. Yet, her beliefs were so strong that she found the courage to face her hardships. You are already a hero inside. It just takes audacity to emerge.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Age 9+)
the popular comic series of Tintin in his adventurous quest as a
reporter, alongside with his loyal dog, Snowy (Milou)?
Steven Spielberg brings us a 3D motion capture animated movie of the mystery daring crusade of Tintin. Produced in 2011, the movie is based on three of Herge’s albums; The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham’s Treasure (1944).
Starring Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis as main protagonists, the action-packed film took the honours as the first non-Pixar animated film for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
The entertaining movie revolves around an incredible treasure hunt for a secret sunken ship, leading Tintin’s fans in a confounded, but enriching journey.
The spectacular movie displays the positivity and utmost confidence of Tintin during his pursuit of the treasure. Though at one time, he comes to the point of giving up and his best friend, Captain Haddock encourages him to fight for what he believes in.
“Captain Haddock: “failed”, there are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse! Don’t you ever say it of yourself. You send the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Do you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There’s something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.”
The Maze Runner (Age 13+)
Let’s talk about boys’ movies!
Science-fiction, a deadly -virus turning humans into zombies and the world coming to an end, do those ring a bell?
James Dashner introduced the compelling story of the Maze Runner series, with the first book released in 2009 and the last one in 2016.
book begins with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) finding himself trapped in
the maze along with other boys, who call themselves the “glades”.
So far only two of the books have been made into movies; The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. The third movie, Death Cure, based on the third novel will be released in 2018.
There are so many important lessons to derive from the Maze Runner series.
Firstly, it teaches us to get out of our comfort zone. There are few people who actually have the nerve to take risks and explore new frontiers. Not every glader had the courage to get out of the maze, irrespective of whether they were going to fail or succeed. Adding to this, Thomas never gave up. You only lose when you quit.
“Thomas: We can’t stay here forever.”
“I’m scared but I’d rather risk my life than spend it out here.”
Next is the nosiness of Thomas. When he realised that he was stuck in a maze with no escape, he kept asking questions, even dumb ones. Curiosity helped Thomas to make wiser decisions and he ended up spending a whole night in the maze and coming out alive.
“Minho: I don’t know if he’s brave or stupid but we need more of it.”
The Hobbit (Age 11+)
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
This is probably the oldest book in the list, but you know what they say – “Old is Gold!”
Published in 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the book for his own kids and it later became one of 2012’s best-selling fantasy movie series.
Introducing Martin Freeman as Bilbo, the unenthusiastic hobbit in his globe-trotting adventure with a group of high-spirit dwarves and the wizard, Gandalf the Grey. Bilbo has to combat the horrendous dragon Smaug and regain the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Flooding with Goblins, Orcs, shapeshifters and sorcerers, The Hobbit proved that size doesn’t matter when it comes to making a difference.
Adventures may be scary and unfamiliar, but sometimes our biggest accomplishments happen when we embrace an unexpected opportunity. Just because a major change happens in our life doesn’t mean it won’t lead us to the best.
“Gandalf: The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”
important message from The Hobbit concerns the value of priceless
things such as friendship above money. The dwarves would never share
their wealth. They would rather starve. However, at the end of the
movie, Thorin discarded this belief.
“Thorin: If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
Divergent Series (Age 14+)
Who would have thought that Veronica Roth’s debut novel would create such a buzz?
Roth wrote the first book, Divergent while still in college and it was published after she graduated in the year, 2011. HarperCollins produced her second book, Insurgent, in 2012. Both movie adaptations were released in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The young adult fiction movie is based on Tris (Shailene Woodley) who resides in a futuristic society and, discovers along the way that she is a Divergent, making her path perilous.
The science-fiction film portrays bravery and fierce characters in a post-apocalyptic Chicago.
Just because you have unique dreams or the society sees your goals as unusual, does not mean that you don’t belong here. It’s an incredible feeling to stand out from the crowd and be one of a kind. “Trying to fit in” never works. Like Tris taught us, embrace your individuality.
Anger will never lead us anywhere good. It only steers us towards taking bad decisions.
“Johanna: I know you’re angry, Tris, but you’re letting it all consume you.”
the fearless gaulish warrior and his best friend, Obelix who has
superhuman strength are the main characters of French comics written
Goscinny and illustrated by Albert
The popular comics series is well-liked around the world and the
success led to four live-action movies; namely Asterix
and Obelix Take on Caesar
& Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
at the Olympic Games
and Obelix: God Save Britannia
from the year 1999 to 2012.The movie series revolves around the gauls and the romans, embedded with hilarious moments to make your tweens hoot with laughter. The strong-willed gauls protect their village against the Romans’ never-ending attacks. They do so with the magic potion provided by Getafix. The heroic exploits of Asterix and Obelix cleverly capture comedy along with important lessons.
Asterix has always taught us that intelligence and smartness always conquer strength.
Sometimes, you find yourself in situations over which you have no control. Observe, analyze and come up with the best strategies to win those circumstances.
Being greedy for money and wealth will only bring you doom. Money does not matter if you do not have your loved ones to share it with. The pursuit of fortune is not a life-long happiness and, richness is found in other aspects, such as health, education and strong bonds.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Age 9+)
With gum stuck in his hair and after finding out that Philip Parker is hosting a birthday party on the same day as he is ,11-year old Alexander’s day does not start well. And, to make things worse, everyone in his family has an awesome life filled with good news. No one is coming to his birthday celebrations, he sets fire in the Chemistry lab and accidentally drops baby Trevor’s Bumblebee pacifier in the sink. The list of bad things goes on, until Alexander gets overwhelmed and makes a birthday wish at midnight and reverses the “curse” of his bad days.
in 2014 by Walt Disney, though the movie is loosely based on the
Judith Viorst’s classic children’s book, it evokes cute,family
messages enjoyable for both parents and tweens.
The movie received many positive reviews and was termed as sweet book-based comedy by Common Sense Media.
The strongest point of the movie was to show that every once in a while, you are going to have bad days and, it’s okay. You can get through your bad days through your optimism and the support of your loved ones.
And, bad days pass. Tomorrow is another day.
Alexander: “Stop! I think that you just gotta have the bad days so that you can just love the good days even more. Trust me, I would know.”
Ben: “We are not going to let this day get the better of us! Are we ready Coopers?”
The Hunger Games (Age 14+)
Another young adult dystopian trilogy; The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay were written by Suzanne Collins. The novels received acclaimed success and were ranked second in the top 100 teen novels. All the novels were adapted into movies by Lionsgate Entertainment, casting Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale.
Terrifyingly smart, the movie starts in North America where teenagers are pushed in a game of survival and among those chosen is Katniss who has to display fierce strength to protect her loved ones.
to a younger audience, The Hunger Games was one of the most
anticipated movies and has undoubtedly acquired big accomplishments;
be it the novels or the films.
One important lesson from The Hunger Games is not to be afraid to ask for help. Asking for support is not a sign of weakness and sometimes, even the strongest people need a helping hand. Katniss wasn’t afraid to accept bread from Peeta when her family was starving.
Katniss showed us that real strength comes from within. Even if she came from one of the poorest districts, she pushed herself to the fullest extent in order to succeed. And, staying true to yourself is what gets you there.
“Peeta: If I die I still want to be me.”
Parents, Let me know what you think about the list and, what should we add 🙂