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Upcoming Movies Based On Young Adult Novels: 2011-2013

Updated on December 31, 2010

Based on the Book

The next couple of years promise an exciting line-up of movies based on young adult novels, including the next installments of several series: Breaking Dawn, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 and the final part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Classic literature gets its time to shine on the big screen, too. In 2011, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings Series, The Hobbit, will be released on film. Other classic adaptations including The Giver, Fahrenheit 451 and Jayne Eyre will also be in the theatres soon.


Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (Twilight Series 4)

In the next to last installment of the Twilight films, Edward and Bella must defend themselves against the full force of the Volturi, (a sort of vampire law enforcement agency). The film includes much of the original cast, with further performance by Dakota Fanning as the vindictive Jane.

Part II of Breaking Dawn will release in 2012.

Based on: Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer

Release Date: November 2011


Jane Eyre

In the lastest adaptation of Bronte's novel, Jane is a meek, underpriviledged governess, played by Mia Wasikoska, who works earnestly to gain the admiration of her master. Played by Michael Fassbender, Jane's master is haunted by secrets that threaten to destroy any relationship between them. Judi Dench, never one to miss, is playing Mrs. Fairfax.

Based on: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Release Date: March 2011


Ripley’s Believe It or Not

The film is based on the life story of Robert Ripley, the founder of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It follows his travels around the world looking for unusual and inexplicable things. In doing so, Robert, reportedly played by Jim Carrey, uncovers much about the human spirit and the diversity of our world.

Release Date: TBA 2011


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

The final film of the Harry Potter Series promises to be the most intense and darkest of them all. Harry and Voldemort meet for a final battle and no one will be left untouched. In keeping with the books, the final film is less for children and more for devout older followers of Harry and his peeps.

Based on:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 15th 2011


The Giver

Few details about the film are yet available. The novel is set in a futuristic community that knows no pain or violence. The protagonist is a twelve year old boy who has been given the role of keeping all of the memories of the community. In learning about the past, including wars, injustice and hunger. The boy must learn to balance all he has learned with his current reality.

Based on: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Release Date: TBA 2011


Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules

Zachary Gordon returns as Greg Hefflely in the next installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films. Roderick, Greg's older brother, played by Devon Bostick, knows a secret that could humilate Greg in front of the entire middle school. In classic sibling rivalry, Greg must survive not only school, girls and his parents, but now must contend with a unreliable older brother.

Based on: Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2) by Jeff Kinney

Release Date: TBA 2011


Breaking Dawn, Part 2

The final Twilight film ends with Edward and Bella defending themselves against the much dreaded Volturi, (a sort of vampire law enforcement agency). The film includes much of the original cast, with further performance by Dakota Fanning as the vindictive Jane.

Based on: Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer

Release Date: November 16, 2012

The Hobbit

With many of the original cast from the Lord of the Rings Triology, including Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom, this prequel to the popular Lord of the Rings triology promises to be as epic and involved as the first three films. In this story, we follow Bilbo Baggins, Frodo's uncle, on a perilous journey that results in his aquiring a ring that carries unspoken importance.

Based on: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien,

Release Date: December 2012


Fahrenheit 451

The latest adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic science-fiction novel involving Big Brother, book burning and forbidden love.

Based on: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Release Date: TBA 2012


Heist Society

What do you do when your entire family are thieves? Do you join them?

Few details are yet available about the film, based on the popular novel Heist Society by Ally Carter.

Based on: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Release Date: TBA 2012


The Mortal Instruments

Clary Fray, played by Lily Collins, leaves her comfortable New York lifestyle to save her mother, destroy demons and come to grips with her love for her brother in the adaptation of the fantasy-adventure novel City of Bones.

Based on: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: TBA 2012



Few details are available on this film, based on a love story between a werewolf and his teenage obsession, Grace.

Based on: Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: TBA 2012


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      6 years ago

      I cannot wait until The Hunger Games (not mentioned here) comes out. I've read the book nearly a dozen times, the second book seven, and the third book thrice. The trailer is amazing (I've watched it over a hundred times), and who doesn't love those little mockingjay pins?

      I'm almost as ecstatic for The Hobbit movie, which will be coming out in December. Though I haven't read the book yet, I was a huge fan of the other movies and have watched this trailer close to fifty times.

      2012 will be an amazing year for the books-turned-into-movies world.

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      Katie Griffith 

      7 years ago from Cheyenne, Wyoming

      I'm pretty stoked for Jane Eyre as well! Love the Brontes.

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      7 years ago

      I've got to admit: I am a huge Twilight fan, so obviously, I am very excited for the release of the Breaking Dawn movies. I'm also looking forward to the second installment of The Deathly Hollows, which was my Twilight before Twilight existed.

      However, I cannot express the excitement which is very hard to contain over the new Jane Eyre. I loved the '96 version of the film, and I honestly cannot wait to see the new version!


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