3 Young Adult Series You Should Read before You See the Movies

3 Young Adult Series You Should Read before You See the Movies
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Updated on 22 May 2015

We’ve all heard it before: The movie was great, but the book was so much better. No matter which version of the story you prefer, the great thing about book-to-movie adaptations is that you can enjoy the story twice: once on the page and again on the screen. Here are three young adult series we recommend you read before you see their on-screen counterparts:

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth

In the film version of Divergent, the first book in the trilogy by Veronica Roth, Shailene Woodley does a wonderful job of conveying protagonist Tris Prior’s determination and bravery as the world around her changes into something she barely recognizes. The movie keeps all the essential scenes from the book, but as movies often do, it compresses some of the relationships and plotlines that are more deeply developed in the novel. For this reason, pick up a copy of Divergent and give it a chance before you watch the movie.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

There’s no denying that Jennifer Lawrence embodies the character of Katniss Everdeen on screen. But there’s one character who gets a lot more development in the book series, particularly the first book, than in the movies: Gale, Katniss’s best friend. In order to feel the true tension of the Katniss-Peeta-Gale love triangle, you must get to know Gale better. And to get to know Gale better, you must read the books.

The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

The most obvious reason you should read the Chaos Walking series before watching the movies is that the movies haven’t been released yet! This young adult sci-fi series is set in a world where humans can hear each other’s thoughts, which makes for a very loud and often chaotic society. It also makes the writing creative and colorful, which is why the book is worth a read before the movie makes it to the big screen.

Which book-to-movie adaptation is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

If you’re looking for more movie versions of your favorite books, check out these films we recommend.

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