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YA Movie Countdown: How Successful Were ‘Warm Bodies,’ ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and the Other 2013 Young-Adult Movies

Warm_BodiesYoung adult book-to-film adaptations have been in the spotlight for quite some time thanks to the colossal success of Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga, but if you look at the total number of new YA-to-film releases this year, 2013 marks an undeniable peak in the craze. But of course, that doesn’t mean every single one was a winner and that means they all won’t be coming through with us into the New Year.

WARM BODIES

Was it any good? Even though Jonathan Levine’s film doesn’t mimic the experience of reading the book, he manages to take Isaac Marion’s original material and turn it into something fresh, fun and big-screen appropriate by upping R’s wit and not taking the supernatural creature/human romance too seriously.

How it did: Levine’s unique, comedic twist proved to be a very appealing promotional component, reeling in a wider audience and making Warm Bodies the month’s sole YA-to-film hit. This one cost just $35 million to make, but wound up pulling in nearly $117 million worldwide.

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YA Movie Countdown: The Biggest Comic-Con News Surrounding ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent’ and More

SDCC_Logo_PhotoBig-screen superheroes stole much of the San Diego Comic-Con spotlight, but now more than ever, young adult book-to-film adaptations aren’t far behind. Sadly The Maze Runner only made it to Nerd HQ, but Ender’s GameDivergentThe Mortal Instruments: City of BonesThe Seventh Sonand The Hunger Games: Catching Fire all enjoyed their own panels, interviews, press conferences, convention center floor giveaways and more.

Check out the highlights from each film’s Comic-Con run below.

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game might have made the most significant impact of all. It opened the event with the Ender’s Game Fan Experience, held a full morning of interviews the next day, rolled into Hall H later that afternoon, had a presence at the Summit party that night and then continued to spread the word via giveaways at the Summit and Lionsgate booth inside the convention center.

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YA Movie Countdown: Your Complete Guide to ‘Catching Fire,’ ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Divergent’ and More at Comic-Con

YA_at_SDCCThe Twilight Saga is long gone, but six new young-adult adaptations might take its place. The San Diego Comic-Con programming schedule has arrived and Ender’s GameDivergentThe Mortal Instruments: City of BonesSeventh Son, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and possibly Maze Runner are due for appearances in Hall H.

As a sequel, The Hunger Games is likely to be the only one that’ll draw a massive crowd and fan rabidity à la Twilight, but this year could also mark an opportunity for the young-adult realm overall to plant some serious roots at the event. As far as film in Hall H goes, there are six comic book or graphic novel-to-film adaptations and also six YA-to-film ones, and of those six there’s a pretty good shot three or maybe even four could maintain an SDCC presence over the next few years.

We may have cut the Twihards loose, but Twilight’s impact on the industry and on Comic-Con has opened the door to not one, but six new dedicated fandoms. Better hit that Hall H line bright and early.

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Quiz: Test Your Young-Adult Movie Knowledge for a Chance to Win Prizes at San Diego Comic-Con

SDCC_Quiz_FandomIt’s always a thrill to see the stars from your favorite films and be the first to check out never-before-seen footage from highly anticipated releases, but half the fun of San Diego Comic-Con is enjoying the event alongside people who are just as passionate about film, TV, comics and books as you.

In an effort to bring the young adult-to-film community together, Movies.com is once again teaming up with TheFandom.net as well as Mockingjay.netEnderWiggin.netDivergent LexiconTMIFandom.net and MazeRunnerFandom.net to bring you a brand new Comic-Con-themed quiz. Even if you don’t make it out to San Diego yourself, you’ll still have the opportunity to test your DivergentEnder’s GameThe Mortal Instruments: City of BonesThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Maze Runner knowledge to see which YA status you earn. Are you at the top of the class like a Hunger Games victor or no better than a Shuckface from Maze Runner’s the Glade? Take the quiz to find out!

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What to Watch in 2013 to Get Your ‘Hunger Games’ Fix While Waiting for ‘Catching Fire’

Dayo-OkeniyiIt may finally be the year of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but November 22 is still a ways away. As eager as we are for the big day to arrive, 2013 just started; there’s no need to rush the year away, as there’s a slew of films hitting theaters over the next 10 months that can appeal to the Hunger Games lover. Whether it’s another YA-book-to-film adaptation or a piece that features a Hunger Games star, 2013 is oozing with promising productions that should keep you thoroughly entertained through November.

The Spectacular Now, Sundance Film Festival
Perhaps this is more of a false start because The Spectacular Now has yet to secure distribution, but is still one to watch at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on Tim Tharp’s novel, the film tells the story of a whisky-guzzling cool kid with zero post-high school plans who strikes up a relationship with a girl who’s the exact opposite of him – socially defunct, but has ambition. Not only does the film rock a stellar cast including Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kyle Chandler, but it also marks Dayo Okeniyi’s first post-Hunger Games effort, too! Sundance runs from January 17 to January 27, so keep an eye out for reviews and perhaps even news of a distribution deal.

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The Best — and Worst — Movie Promos of the Week

MortalInstrumentsPosterThe Twilight Saga may be on its way out, but 2013 looks to be the year of the young adult book-to-film adaptation, and based on the promos that recently hit the Web it will finally be leaps and bounds beyond sparkly brooding vampires.

The Best Stuff

1. ABCs of Death Red-Band Trailer: This new red-band trailer for the anthology The ABCs of Death may not be for everyone, but it certainly has a little something for every breed of horror lover. Who knows what the full feature will amount to, but the way this piece is cut is infectious, offering up everything from vicious dogs to robots with tons of firepower to creepy kids and more, all fueled by outlandish scenarios, vibrant visuals and loads of brutality.Warning: this trailer is NSFW.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: YA Novels for the ‘Hunger Games’ Lover

How about a break from all of those Hunger Games: Catching Fire casting rumors? While Francis Lawrence and co. are hard at work bringing Finnick, Johanna and the rest of the franchise newcomers to life, why not sit back and relax with a good book?

Reading can be fun in itself, but if you’re one of the many who relished Suzanne Collins’ books before seeing the story come to life on the big screen, you know there’s something special about being part of that transition, falling in love with text and then literally seeing it come to life right before your eyes. Lucky for us, the whole young adult novel adaptation craze is as hot as ever so there are quite a number of soon-to-be movies to choose from.

With the help of The Hunger Games fandom, Movies.com brings you a comprehensive list of the best of the best the YA-to-film realm has to offer.

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