​The Top 7 Young Adult Book-To-Movie Adaptations, EVER

​The Top 7 Young Adult Book-To-Movie Adaptations, EVER

"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."
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As a complete book nerd, I get a large sense of excitement and dread every time I hear that a book that I love is being made into a movie. Book-to-movie adaptations are either the best or the worst. There is absolutely no in between. Here are the best of the best young adult book-to-movie adaptations:

7. Harry Potter series

I have never been much of a Harry Potter person, but I have to admit that the world that the filmmakers involved in this series really made a fantasy world come alive in a way that’s truly incredible. They’ve turned the childhood stories of a generation into a reality on-screen. The theme park in Florida based off of the films also helped to make this world feel incredibly realistic. There’s a lot of movies, but they’re definitely worth marathoning.

6. Thirteen Reasons Why

Although this technically wasn’t a movie and was actually a Netflix series, it still deserves some recognition. I absolutely hated the book version of Thirteen Reasons Why. To me, it had the potential to have a great impact on the ways that teens interact with one another, but failed to follow through with the moral of the story. Instead, the book made me constantly annoyed with Hannah and made me question if her reasons were really all that valid. It was a single-perspective catastrophe. The series completely changed my opinion on the series. It really showed the impact that Hannah’s decision made on every single person that knew her and really drove home the message that Jay Asher missed the mark within the book. Definitely worth binge-watching this series before Season 2 comes out.

5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

This movie was vastly crapped on by the masses, but remains one of my favorites. I enjoyed the book and thought that it wasn’t bad, but seeing this movie brought everything to life and made me love the world that Cassandra Clare created. The cast was perfect and absolutely spot on across the board (especially Simon). I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout the entirety of the movie, even though I already knew everything that was going to happen. The tv show made afterward in lieu of a sequel is not worth any of your time, but this movie is definitely worth watching.

4. The Maze Runner

I. Hated. This. Book. I. Hated. This. Series. However, for some reason, my hatred did not stop me from reading every book in the series. I went into the movie skeptical as the day is long and was VERY pleasantly surprised. It was such a good movie. It made the slow-moving book fast-paced and exciting. I was so excited to watch them figure everything out (in the way I already knew they would). This is also a movie that you could absolutely watch without having to have any appreciation for the book and still vastly enjoy it. In a lot of ways, I think it’s even better than the book. Make sure to check these movies out before the next one comes out.

3. The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games will always hold a special place in my heart. I read the books in 6th grade and by the time I reached 8th grade, I had read the entire series 8 times. I was so excited for the movie to come out and I was 1000% not disappointed with the result. The movie was everything I wanted to see on screen and more. District 12 was as dim and dismal as I pictured it to be and the Capitol was every bit as dazzling and peculiar as I’d pictured. This was like watching a dream play out in real life and it was incredible to see on-screen. Jennifer Lawrence was probably the best Katniss they could have cast and I don’t think there is anything that could have made this movie better. Definitely check out these movies.

2. The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars has been my favorite book since I read it. I absolutely fell in love with the story and John Green’s style of writing. Since I was such a fan of the way it was written, I was nervously excited to see how it would play out on screen and I was so moved by it. I literally will probably never be able to watch this film without being moved in an entirely different way. The soundtrack captured the heart of the movie perfectly and it was so real and so touching. This movie absolutely did justice to a book that I didn’t ever think could get better. It does. Read the book and you’ll feel it. Watch the movie and you’ll live it.

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower

This will forever be one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. The book is told by a series of letters written from Charlie to “friend.” As a result of this unique narrative style, this coming-of-age story has some limitations in the way that it can be told. When it made it to the big screen, all of those limitations were erased and this hopeful and beautiful story was told in a way that few other movies will ever achieve. This movie is perfect for anyone of any age and everyone can find a piece within it that reaches out and touches them.

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14 Inspirational 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes For College Kids Feeling Like Eeyore

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Winnie the Pooh and his friends were my best buds as a child. Now, as a college student, I've realized they knew more about life than I thought.

These 14 quotes from the 'Winnie the Pooh' movies, TV shows, and books, is getting me through this difficult semester, and maybe it will help you, too.

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin

"The nicest thing about rain is that it always stops. Eventually." -Eeyore

"The things that make me different are the things that make me." -Piglet

"It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." -Eeyore

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"Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." -Piglet

"Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." -Eeyore

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"There's no difference between falling a thousand feet to the jagged rocks below and tumbling out of bed." -Tigger

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Music Review: Greta Van Fleet, "Anthem of the Peaceful Army"

The best rock album of the year.

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Greta Van Fleet is a rock band with a classic rock sound. But what is so amazing is that the four members, 3 of which are brothers, are between the ages of 19 and 22. You have Josh, the lead singer; Jake, who plays guitar; Sam, who plays the bass and piano; and Danny, who plays the drums. They just released their first full album this year, back in October. I have been waiting for this album for so long and it is just so awesome! I love it. I ordered a vinyl record when it was released and it is amazing. This is a breakdown of each song, and what you can expect from each one.

1.​ Age Of Man

Age Of Man: This is the opening song of the album. The song starts off slow, but it reminds me of something mystical. The lyrics of the whole song remind me of an oral story that is being told from an elder to the younger people about how we as people have come about. Josh's vocals are just amazing in the chorus, he can really belt! Overall I think this is a great song, and it's a great opening to what these guys want to tell.

2. The Cold Wind

The Cold Wind: This song is just so fun. Sam does an amazing job in the bass in this song. It sounds so intricate and really adds a lot to this song. Furthermore, Jake's little guitar solo is so fun. One thing that is starting to grow on me about this song is the vocals in the middle of the song where Josh is just saying "Ma ma ma ma ma…". It sounds a little funny and the first time I heard it I actually laughed out loud because it reminded me of a confused dodo bird. But the more I listen to it, the more I like it because it's just such a fun thing. This is the kind of song that I can just stupidly dance around to and have fun with it.

3. When The Curtain Falls

When The Curtain Falls: I actually had this song stuck in my head for the past few nights while trying to sleep, which was interesting. But this song is so fun. Just every aspect of this song, from the vocals to the guitar, to the drums, to the bass, perfectly melds together to create this masterpiece. Also, Jake does a sick guitar riff. Like I am blown away! Just so good.

4. Watching Over

Watching Over: We're slowing it down again. But it has a psychedelic feel to it. This song is much more serious than some of the other ones. The chorus really hits on the point how much we have ruined our planet, but we don't want to see it or fix it because many people are acting like it's fine. Kind of a deep and depressing song, but so relevant and thought provoking. A very interesting detail that I hope you hear when listening to this, it kind of freaked me out the first time I heard it, but during the part when Josh sings, "With the water rising" you can hear like a deeper voice singing it too. Perhaps it's the one watching over?

5. Lover, Leaver

Lover, Leaver: This song is one of my favorites. It reminds me of a 70s song because of the way the instruments come together. It gives a feeling of Woodstock and nostalgia. Furthermore, the lyrics are a fun play on words. For example, "Lover, leaver" sounds like "love her, leave her". I don't know if they meant for that to happen, but it just adds a bit extra to the song. The ending is mind boggling. Danny does an amazing job on those drums. I can only imagine how tiring it must be.

6. You're The One

You're The One: This song is just so cute and loving. Sam does a great job on the piano, which adds a lot of character to the song. It sounds like a song I've heard before, like this could be a cover to an older song, but I can't find anything about it. Obviously they've done a good job achieving that older sound if I think it sounds like an older song. This is a great song and I highly recommend this song if you want something a bit more relaxed and loving.

7. The New Day

The New Day: I love this song. It makes me feel so inspired to just go out and love people. The opening line, which is my favorite, just says it all, "Let the new day shine its light on me". What a powerful opening line! However, there's a line that says, "You're growing up I'll watch you bloom" but I always think he's saying "You're throwing up". I think that's just a "me problem", but it makes the song a bit funnier. Anyway, I feel like a flower child when I listen to this song, and that's all I want in life. I hope that this song inspires you too and that you wake up each day with a fresh start.

8. Mountain of the Sun

Mountain of the Sun: Another great song. This is an awesome song to listen to while hiking or just out and about. The opening guitar sounds so cool, and makes you feel like you're on a journey. Josh's voice is just so incredible, but it really shines in this song. Jake has an awesome riff in this song, and one of my favorite parts is when they use the tambourine. It's such a simple sound, but it adds another layer to this song.

9. Brave New World

Brave New World: This song is much darker than the others, in respect to both content and sound. This song again reflects on the damage that we have done to this earth, but a more social commentary on it. One of my favorite lines of the song is "kill fear, the power of lies For we will not be hypnotized" because fear is a powerful thing, and fear is a liar. It makes us believe lies that we tell ourselves or that we hear from others. Once you realize this, you will not give in to fear and you will know the truth. Again, Jake has an amazing rift near the end and Sam does some awesome things with the bass. They just kill it every time.

10. Anthem

Anthem: This song is personally one of my other favorites. It's one of their slower songs but it ties the whole album together since it is the "Anthem" of the Peaceful Army. The song talks about how there are so many problems in the world and everyone has different opinions, but we should "agree to disagree" on our opposing views and just love each other. This is a chill song. It almost has a tropical feel to it, so you feel so relaxed.

11. Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)

Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer): This is an extended version of "Lover, Leaver" and it is just as amazing. It's a bit longer because there is more of a rif in the middle. You get so much more from all of the members. You just have to listen to this song because they all just do such an amazing job making this song even more perfect, which I didn't even know was possible.

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