It's always a blessing and a curse to see a great book turned into a movie or tv series. You hope they get it right, but prepare for the worst.
If you’re an avid young adult fiction reader (and extra) like me, there is a strong chance are you’ve already dream cast your favorite YA book and possibly wasted hours paging through carefully curated Tumblr posts and fan trailers to see how other readers envisioned the story. And while most film adaptions don't even compare to the book, there is still the thrill of seeing the same story told in two different mediums. And with more and more YA novels being optioned for film – and actually going into production! – the fun no longer stops at the reader's imagination and the Internet.
Here is a list of the some of the upcoming young adult book to movie adaptations for the first half of 2020. So now you can read the book before the movie and point out all the things they got wrong to your friends.
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.
In Theaters January 17
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren't. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean's feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
On Netflix February 12
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Call Of The Wild is the story of Buck, a dog stolen from his home and thrust into the merciless life of the Arctic north to endure hardship, bitter cold, and the savage lawlessness of man and beast.
In Theaters February 21
All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven
Meeting on the ledge of their school's bell tower, misfit Theodore Finch and suicidal Violet Markey find acceptance and healing that are overshadowed by Finch's fears about Violet's growing social world.
On Netflix February 28
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
A scientist who has discovered a way to make himself invisible unleashes his growing madness and frustrations by terrorizing a small town.
In Theaters February 28
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
In Theaters May 29
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
On Disney+ in 2020
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Miller
Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave...That is, until Red Paladins slaughter her entire village, and Nimue's fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people's only hope.
On Netflix Spring 2020
Fear Street R. L. Stine
In 1994, a group of teenagers find out that the terrifying events that have occurred in their town of Shadyside, Ohio may be connected to each other, and that they may be the next targets.
Scheduled for June 2020
Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
Fourteen-year-old Alex continues his work as a spy for the British MI6, investigating an exclusive school for boys in the French Alps.