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Could ‘Paper Towns’ Launch Wave of Contemporary Teen Movies?

paper townsWe all remember the classics…you know, like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything, Some Kind of Wonderful, etc. These are some of the most popular teen romance flicks of the 80s…but for some reason, the desire to make such films as good as these has dwindled monumentally since he 80s.

In the 90s, we had such films as Ten Things I Hate About You, Clueless, She’s All That, Never a Been Kissed, among others. While some of those were good movies, they still never reached the same mood as those from a decade before.

In the 2000s, we were given Mean Girls, The Girl Next Door, John Tucker Must Die, Juno, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

Why is it that movies like these are few and far between these days? Has the need for teen romances dwindled or is the audience determining that action films like Avengers and Transformers are better suited for the modern movie goer?

I, for one, would love to see a resurgence of contemporary teen movies in the mainstream media. We’ve been given the amazing adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012 and will be seeing The Fault in Our Stars in June, but we need more! Why are production companies only buying up and making The Hunger Games and Divergent instead of contemporary love stories? Easy….money. Companies are willing to buy into a potential franchise for more money in the long run, but not dishing out for a slow burning indie or smaller budget contemporary one off much like those from thirty years ago.

With the announcement of Paper Towns moving forward with pre-production due to the buzz surrounding the release of The Fault in our Stars, it makes me hope there is a resurgence of this genre of films. The team behind TFiOS are even coming back almost in full to produce and write Paper Towns, showing their support for this type of movie plus their faith in the fans of John Green.

I can only hope that through the making of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, even Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (currently in post-production), more contemporary books will be eyed for adaptation for the big screen. Even if on a small budget or by an independent company.

I’ve compiled a list of contemporary books I loved and think would be a great success on the big screen. Read below to see each book and why I think movie goers would want to see it!

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1. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Seriously. In similar vein to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, this band book has roadies, music, small towns, dank venues, and is set in the Pacific Northwest. You can’t go wrong.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is one of those books that has been in the pipeline for a while now. It is one of those stories that strikes a chord and, with the right main guy character, could become classic status.

3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Speaking of classic status, this book could bring back what it means to be an 80s teen movie. With its setting and characters that are easy to fall in love with, toss in some mixtape and it’ll be a blast from he past. This book shatters the norm giving two main characters not widely discussed in movies and literature, one is a lit-loving curvy redheaded girl and the other a music obsessed Korean boy.

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4. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
We’ve already established that music works in films for teens. Sarah Dessen is one of the most widely recognized YA contemporary authors and could seriously pull in a crowd to the theaters with this one!

5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
It’s Stephanie Perkins. Done. One of the reasons I think ANNA would work so well on screen over LOLA is the travel aspect. As fantastic as ANNA is, adding the local of Paris is what sets it above the rest. It’s the “City of Love and Lights” for goodness sake!

6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
This book is hard to describe. It’s so complex and takes you somewhere that most books scrape the surface of. It’s a poignant, emotional book that readers around the world have adored.

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7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
British boy. American girl. Travel to England. Full of everything you want in a love story.

8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Another travel book that blew me away. I am a sufferer of wanderlust and will read any book involving travel. Plus this one is full of Shakespeare and guys with accents.

9. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
One thing seriously lacking in theaters is LGBT love stories. And who better than David Levithan to help this take off? Boy Meets Boy has spoken to thousands of teens and readers everywhere, helping those who were afraid of speaking out and finding their voice.

What contemporary books would you
like to see become films?

New Year, New Crew

First of all, I would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is already 2014, the year that marks the 4th blogging anniversary of Novel Thoughts! These past four years have gone by so quickly giving me so many grand opportunities and long-time friendships I never would’ve received outside of this amazing community. So I would like to start this year fresh and full of excitement for the year to come!

Some exciting things have been happening lately and I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to a new team here at Novel Thoughts! We’ve added a few more reviewers which will give us the chance to share more book reviews of all genres and age groups with you from young kids to old, literary fiction to hard sci-fi to middle grade to young adult. I would like you to meet the rest of the team and re-introduce you to our previous writers.

JeremyJeremy West, Chief Editor and Adult Editor
Jeremy is the creator and moderator of Novel Thoughts. He is 22 years old living in a New York City with big dreams to be a graphic designer and photographer. He currently works as a bookseller and Scholastic intern as well as a freelance graphic designer for authors, publishers, and bloggers.




Jeffrey West, Entertainment Editor
Jeffrey is a self-proclaimed Doctor Who fanatic! He is currently a student and desires to work in the Film industry one day. He loves reading, listening to music, and watching movies. Some of his favorite authors are: J.K. Rowling, John Green, David Levithan, Neil Gaiman, Cassie Clare, Margie Stohl, Carrie Ryan, and Holly Black. He can also be found on his YouTube page, GingerBookNerd, where he hosts This Week In YA as well as posts video reviews.

JenniferJennifer Dee, YA/MG Editor
There was a glorious time in Jennifer’s life when she was paid to read books. Sadly, she was eight then and no longer gets that deal from her mother. Now she gets paid to schlep books around first Borders, then Barnes and Noble and has been doing it for many years. She’s been around the book blogisphere for over 6 years and finally committed to reviewing for Novel Thoughts in January 2012 in order to inflict her opinions on others. Originally hailing from Texas, she’s recently moved to New York City to pursue publishing. She’s also the Middle Grade Editor at Feel free to watch her babble about books and bagels on Twitter at @JustlyJennifer.

When she’s not working with books (which is nearly never), she indulges in watching Sherlock while knitting, shopping at Target, drinking copious amounts of coffee, seeking out on the best Mexican food and loving anything and everything Percy Jackson.

headshotJustina Ireland, Young Adult/Adult Reviewer
Justina Ireland lives in a house made of books. At least that’s the excuse she gives when people trip over one. When she isn’t accidentally killing house guests with her TBR pile she writes books. Her first book, Vengeance Bound, is available now from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers and her second, The Promise of Shadows, releases soon. When she isn’t reading she enjoys eating, sleeping, and watching Judge Judy on her DVR. You can usually find her on Twitter @tehawesomersace.

Sarah Weiss, Young Adult Reviewer
Sarah is a native Brooklynite who is now living in Milwaukee, WI. She loves reading, writing, and is an avid lover of coffee. She enjoys writing book reviews and blogging about her daily musings… while drinking coffee of course. When not doing one of these three things, which is rare, she is most likely singing and maybe even attempting to dance.

Charlee Vale, Adult/Young Adult Reviewer 
Charlee is a literary intern, bookseller, the Young Adult editor at Riffle, and team member at Red Creative Design. When she’s not reading and reviewing, she can be found doing fun photoshoots, binging on netflix, and hanging out with NYC book friends. Also, she loves tea.

Support a Book Charity this Holiday Season

If there’s one thing that is consistently bought at the end of every year, it’s a calendar. It’s one of those things that there is always a constant need for. And there are literally calendars for everyone whether you love One Direction (my crowd) or Yoga Cats (we don’t talk about those people). But one area not so strong is calendars for book lovers! That is the reason for this post.

I was given the awesome opportunity to design this year’s calendar for Worldbuilders, a fantastic charity started by author Patrick Rothfuss, alongside amazing photographs taken by award-winning photographer Lauren Zurchin. Every year they have a new theme, always literary, used to raise money for their charity as well as First Book. All proceeds of the calendar goes completely to support these two charities, not the pockets of rich big wigs.

The holiday season is a season for giving. And what better than give to a charity that gives back! So I urge you to consider purchasing this year’s 2014 Fantasy Author Calendar which gives the entire $20 to Worldbuilders and First Book.

Another awesome thing is that through the end of the year, all of the money raised through the purchase of the calendar or other donations through Worldbuilders and First Book will be TRIPLED due to the generosity of Random House Kids. Now is the best time to buy! Also, I would love to have something I designed adorning your house walls for the next year. Check out some of the designs below and click the link to purchase!



Infographic: 15 Books That Will Transform Your Kid into a Reader

I was sent this fantastic infographic from Penguin and couldn’t help but post it! Every parent is looking for the perfect gift for their child this time of year. Using this chart, you can find a book for even the most reluctant reader! Check it out below!

Video: Harry Potter in Penn Station

YouTube channel sensation, Improv Everywhere, has never had a bad idea in their lives, it seems. Their latest viral video follows a boy dressed as Harry Potter traveling to ‘Hogwarts’ via Penn Station in New York City. Seeming a bit lost, he pushes his cart full of luggage and a cage holding little Hedwig through the station asking “Do you know where I can find Platform 9 3/4?”

This is one video full of cuteness that you just have to see for yourself.


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