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How Young Adult Literature transforms across mediums.
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Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
It suffers from some tonal inconsistency and a deflated sense of wonder, but Oz the Great and Powerful still packs enough visual dazzle and clever wit to be entertaining in its own right.
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The idea of a prequel  is confoundning to me. Maybe I'm just a linear person with boring linear thoughts, but this whole jumping from one plot to a previous plot only for the added monetary compensation is ridiculoous. And mostly it just doesn't work out. I wasn't a huge fan of this movie. In fact, I spent a majority of it picking out the blatant 3D effects used just for the sole attraction of 3D audiences. Ranting about 3D is not what I wanted to do here, but damn if I don't hate overuse of a technique.

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Creativity Crisis: Has Remake-Obsessed Hollywood Run Out of New Ideas?

Creativity Crisis: Has Remake-Obsessed Hollywood Run Out of New Ideas? | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

This lack of originality would explain the continuous momentum behind novel adaptations. Why is it that hollywood can only remake movies already thought out, copy other new releases, and adapt films from novels? Is there a deepseated nostalgia and rivalry between the filmmakers? Are we just trying to one up everyone else? Or perhaps they are just tuned into what the audience really will show out money for. Do I want to see the new release of Titanic 3D? No way. The 2D version suited me fine, but for a generation that didn't see the original it may be an untapped market.

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Abby Koski's comment, April 20, 2012 10:48 AM
It does seem there is quite a bit of repetition in Hollywood, and this is frustrating. But really, a story is a story is a story, and it's the same with written pieces as well. But I like your point about the generation that missed the 2D version of Titanic, and they are a generation that has grown up with access to 3D.
Eric Johnson's comment, April 23, 2012 3:13 PM
I am a huge movie buff. No - I am a HUGE movie buff. I've known for years that Hollywood does remakes because they make money and people go to see them. And yet ... I still go see them. I am part of the problem, but what else am I going to DO?! They're not even trying to PRETEND to create original content anymore! It's heartbreaking.
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The Dangers, Values Of Dark Teen Lit : NPR

Profiling author's like Sherman Alexie and Patricia McCormick, those responsible for the adaptations discussing a dark subject matter affecting the young population. Why is it that the adaptations of such dark storylines occur so much more infrequently than their happy-go-lucky counterparts? There is something quite influential to say in how young adults are drawn to the world from which they are supposed to be protected. Can it be said though, that these are the adaptations that draw the most praise and clamor?

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The Power of Young Adult Fiction - Room for Debate

The Power of Young Adult Fiction - Room for Debate | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Do you dare enough to pick up a book from the Young Adult section? Authors aren't just writing for the kids inside all of us, they write for the adventurous act in itself. Young Adult literature becomes a valid genre for all, if only through the author's devotion to attempting the new and impossible for an understanding, yet devoted fan base.

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 15, 2012 3:56 AM
I LOVE Young Adult Fiction, and I can't see myself ever-stopping reading it. I have friends who have parents that read YAF - heck, I just got my father hooked on The Hunger Games. Young Adult Fiction is the best!
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Hungry fans: Movies based on books not worth hype

Hungry fans: Movies based on books not worth hype | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Picking up a book just because there is a devoted fandom already is just going with the flow of society. You need to branch out as a reader and get a hold of everything under the sun in order to find your own passions in books. Young Adult literature is no different. Reading something just because the film is being adapted or everyone you know is raving about it doesn't necessarily make for a pleasant read. Instead you will feel rushed and disappointed that all the excitement around you doesn't seem to fit how you appreciate the book. Don't believe everything you hear, and don't believe what you see in the film. Wait for the cacophony to die down, and then read it under your own schedule. I guarantee you'll like it a lot more that way.

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Why do any books have to be split into two movies?

Why do any books have to be split into two movies? | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Assumptions can be made that splitting young adult novels into seperate segments to be shown in theatres is a scam meant to draw in more money at the box office. But could it be that in order to be as true to the book as possible they are vying for more screen time to work out all the details? Either way, fans are up in arms about this waiting game, anxiously tapping their toes in wait for the cinematic magic to shine through the anticipation. 

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Erin Smith's comment, April 5, 2012 3:50 PM
Good scoop! Challenging question.
Eric Johnson's comment, April 7, 2012 7:31 PM
I was INCREDIBLY up in arms about this issue concerning "The Hobbit," and I'm also very uncomfortable about the issue as it pertains to "The Hunger Games." However, there is a very simple reason for it (and make no mistake, this is the ONLY reason why movies are split). Read number two on the list I just posted:
http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-common-movie-arguments-that-are-always-wrong_p2/

It's all about the money. It always has been, and always will be. Nothing else has ever and WILL ever matter.
Tori Nemethy's comment, April 11, 2012 10:56 AM
I'd have to agree that money does play the majority's role in deciding to split a book for the film franchise.
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Northern Lights - 'The Golden Compass' Deleted Ending (2011 Version)

Fans overwhelmed with the missing ending they were looking for respond with a creation of their own.

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Hungry Games

Hungry Games | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Watch the video 'Hungry Games' on Yahoo! Screen. Only extreme fans can create a spoof like this.

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 2, 2012 2:25 AM
The absolute firestorm of media attention centering around The Hunger Games has been staggering to behold. I have never before seen this level of blog posts, magazine articles, newspaper reports, fan-videos (including spoofs such as this), podcasts, and radio shows focusing on one subject ... until now. I wonder if this frenzy will continue into the next two (or three) movies.
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The Golden Compass Production Notes

The Golden Compass Production Notes | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
The Golden Compass Production Notes (2007) The first movie based on the bestselling Philip Pullman novels. The "His Dark Materials" trilogy is comprised of "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass".
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‘Hunger Games’ Vs. ‘Battle Royale’-Plagiarism or Simply Coincidence?

‘Hunger Games’ Vs. ‘Battle Royale’-Plagiarism or Simply Coincidence? | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
Let the real battle begin--between "The Hunger Games" franchise and Japanese cult author Koushun Takami's "Battle Royale," which explored similar themes years earlier. "Battle Royale" producer Roy Lee weighs in.
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'The Hunger Games' premiere draws thousands of starved fans

'The Hunger Games' premiere draws thousands of starved fans | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
Like any killer franchise, The Hunger Games has wasted no time in striking.
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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change - New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of ChangeNew York Times (blog)As the latest wildly popular young adult (YA) novel becomes a film franchise, it's not just box office dollars that will be captured, but potentially nascent...
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The Kids’ Books Are All Right

The Kids’ Books Are All Right | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

"I like the way adolescent emotions are rawer, less canned," this does seem to be the case for many novels catering to young adults. When you're older it just seems like the decisions you make are not necesarrily as  detrimental or overwhelming as they may seem when you're young. I mean everything seems like such a big deal when you're younger because there are so many experiences yet to be settled. Of course, reading YA literature should reflect that in a way that an adult reader can relate to, if only through sentimentality. 

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Forever Young Adult, a community for adult YA readers to find book reviews, movie reviews, book news, film news and gossip about new and upcoming teen books and movies.

Forever Young Adult, a community for adult YA readers to find book reviews, movie reviews, book news, film news and gossip about new and upcoming teen books and movies. | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

As someone who prides herself on bridging the gap between adult and young adult literature I was completely taken aback by this post. I have never heard of any of these soon to be adaptations, or their book counterparts. I believe at the ripe old age of twenty I have officially outgrown the grapevine where we hear of such things. Is it just me or are "young adult " features becoming less pc than when I was in that age bracket? I look forward to reading more about these adaptations. 

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The 10 Most Anticipated Book Adaptations Of 2012

The 10 Most Anticipated Book Adaptations Of 2012 | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Will any of these be something to talk about? A few I've never even heard were being remade into films. But then again, if The Hunger Games was in the list, I'm sure fans will approve of their creation. 

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Melissa Wilber's comment, April 13, 2012 8:26 PM
I didn't know the perks of being a wallflower was going to be a movie! I'll have to re-read it. From what I remember, it was a kind of confusing book with some topics that could be pretty controversial especially when put in a movie. I'm really hoping it gets some good publicity.

OMG! and the great gatsby?! yay!! though i did like the robert redford version of it.

have you read the life of pi? i tried once but found it too slow and quit...
Eric Johnson's comment, April 15, 2012 3:58 AM
Great Expectations?! Did NOT know that one was on the list. The Hobbit has me nervous, but hopeful (how and WHY are they going to split it?), and I already knew about The Great Gatsby.
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Why I read young adult books

Why I read young adult books | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Reading YA is something of an obsession. Sure, I read strictly adult books too, but there is just something amazing about reading pure fiction written as I would have enjoyed it as a young adult myself. It brings back the memories and dreams I had when I was younger. Granted, I'm not an old fart either, but there is still a sentimental vibe I get off the YA literature. 

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10 movies that are better than the book

10 movies that are better than the book | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Can there ever be such a thing? A book that warants a film can only mean that it is of enough substance to warrant a fandom of sorts. Personally, if I've read the book I haven't enjoyed the movie as much as those who haven't read it. Why does one's imagination make the book so much better for some, while others can only rely on the images spun across the big screen? Where do you stand in the dilemma?

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Melissa Wilber's comment, April 10, 2012 10:29 AM
I didn't even know half of those were books... but I guess I really don't need to read them if the movies are better, right? lol
Tori Nemethy's comment, April 11, 2012 10:50 AM
That's the problem though. I can't imagine half of these movies are better than their counterparts. And a good portion of them I've read and watched. It just goes to show that there will always be dissent when discussing adaptations from literature.
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Can a movie adaptation ever be as good as the book?

Can a movie adaptation ever be as good as the book? | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it

Most would say that, no, books are always better than their film counterparts, and honestly I do agree with that statement. There is just something so freeing in being able to imagine the context around the description, that reveals the truth behind the words. 

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The Golden Compass: Box Office Failure

The Golden Compass: Box Office Failure | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.
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Bonnie Poplawski's comment, April 16, 2012 9:05 PM
That adaptation was DISGUSTINGLY TERRIBLE. I have never once screamed at a movie screen while leaving a theater.

Thanks for reminding me how much this movie sucked.
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'Golden Compass' Fans Flip For Extended Trailer: 'Incredible Is An Understatement' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV

'Golden Compass' Fans Flip For Extended Trailer: 'Incredible Is An Understatement' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
"The Golden Compass" fans go crazy for an extended trailer shown in NYC's Rockefeller Center. "Incredible is an understatement," 15-year-old Eliza Harkins said.
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Book Vs. Film: The Golden Compass

Book Vs. Film: The Golden Compass | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
The disappointing but dynamic film adaptation of a fantasy bestseller doesn't promise good things to come for the other two books in the series — if they make it to film at all.
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Erin Smith's comment, April 5, 2012 3:52 PM
it may have disappointed some, but my standard poodle watched the entire thing. It's his favorite movie -- no kidding!
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Fans devour "The Hunger Games" at box office - CBS News

"The Hunger Games" has third-best weekend debut ever.

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'The Hunger Games' secret screening exposed on Twitter

'The Hunger Games' secret screening exposed on Twitter | Youth Adaptation | Scoop.it
“The Hunger Games” secret screening was leaked on Twitter and what was supposed to be a relaxed and laid back event for the invited attendees, turned into a blo ('The Hunger Games' secret screening exposed on Twitter http://t.co/lq4RKGa8...)...
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