Everybody wants them: the books that this year’s hot movies are based on. Movie buzz gives books a nice bump, so be ready for the next “new” thing. When you run short on stock, here’s what to display and recommend next. Leave your own recommendations in the comments section for a chance to win a free copy of The DUFF by Kody Keplinger!
- A runaway hit at Sundance, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (based on the 2012 book by Jesse Andrews) seems poised to be the next breakout YA novel-based hit. They’re billing it as a less sappy version of The Fault in Our Stars but don’t use that as the hook to recommend this one. Create a display and put copies next to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie (2005), by David Lubar, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie (2004), by Jordan Sonnenblick, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz (2010), by A.S. King.
- Teens will squee for Paper Towns, based on the novel by John Green. Draw them deeper into enigmatic teen mysteries with Meg Rosoff’s Picture Me Gone (2013), or perhaps Thirteen Reasons Why (2007), by Jay Asher. As Simple as Snow (2005), by Gregory Galloway, would also appeal.
- While your average Austen fan may not immediately jump at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the movie is sure to attract those readers who like their highbrow tales tempered with a dash of brains. Tempt them further with the macabre pages of Little Vampire Women (2010), by Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina, or the Monstrumologist series (2009), by Rick Yancey (which has the Victorian setting and the terror that readers may crave). Better yet, hand them a graphic novel like Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula (2015), by Andi Watson, for another sassy spin on the undead.
- In theaters now is The DUFF, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger, features plenty of frank talk about romance and the social order in high school (DUFF stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend, the placeholder in a friend group for the person that makes everyone else look good by comparison). For another star-crossed romantic read, try the romantic scheming of characters in The Art of Lainey (2014), by Paula Stokes. For those fixated on the in-group vs. out-group dynamics, display a copy of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (2008), where another outcast finds her own way to fit in. Another must-recommend is The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (2003), by Carolyn Mackler.
Among adult books with teen appeal, you’ll see the following movie adaptations:
- Room, by Emma Donoghue. An Alex Award winner from 2011, told from the point of view of a little boy who has grown up with his mother trapped in a room by a captor. Suggest the real-life tale of captivity from Jaycee Lee Dugard, A Stolen Life: A Memoir (2011). Or, another fictionalized view from a teen held against her will in Living Dead Girl (2008), by Elizabeth Scott.
- Another recent Alex Award winner is The Martian, by Andy Weir. This movie, starring Matt Damon and directed by sci-fi great Ridley Scott, will likely capture a lot of the book’s atmospheric drama both claustrophobic and desolate in turn. For those who like the “stranded without a hope” flavor of The Martian, try The Dog Stars (2012), by Peter Heller, or for more desperate space rescues promote Lockstep (2014), by Karl Schroeder.
Ok, now it’s your turn. What are your suggestions for readers waiting on the holds lists for these popular books? Share your suggestions in the comments section, and in a week we’ll select a comment at random to receive a brand new copy of The DUFF by Kody Keplinger!