YA Book-to-Movie Adaptations 2016

Posted December 30, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment

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More of your favorite books are hitting the big screen in 2016 — including a new addition to the world of Harry Potter!!! Here’s a look at the adaptations of YA, MG, children’s & classic novels coming to a theater near you in the new year:

The 5th Wave

January 22nd

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

February 5th

Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.


March 18th

Beatrice Prior and Tobias Eaton venture into the world outside of the fence and are taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.

(Remember, this is really Allegiant: Part 1 … the second part, titled Ascendant, will be released in June 2017.)

The Jungle Book

April 15th

An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.


July 1st

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.

The Legend of Tarzan

July 1st

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

A Monster Calls

October 14th

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness.

(I’m legit not going to make it through this movie. I ugly cried so hard reading the book, and this trailer makes me start sobbing every time I watch it. But it looks SO GOOD!)

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

November 18th

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

(This trailer also elicits tears … tears of JOY!)

Let It Snow

December 9th

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Based on the collection of short stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

December 25th

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Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.


On the small screen, don’t forget to check out Shadowhunters, based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, premiering January 12th on Freeform (formerly ABC Family).

FOR THE COMMENTS: Which of these adaptations are YOU most excited about?

(Mine are The BFG, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, and A Monster Calls.)

Sara | Novel Novice

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