Mar 31 2014 5:00pm

The YA Roundup: Chloë Moretz Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

Welcome to the YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases and cover reveals from the YA genre.

This week is all about book-to-film adaptations: If I Stay, Paper Towns, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Petals on the Wind, and sadly, no more Percy Jackson films. We won’t judge you if you cry. Also, Divergent is kicking ass in book sales. Hazzah!

If I Stay Movie on its Way

If I Stay

Get your first look at the movie adaptation of Gayle Forman’s gorgeous novel by the same name. The book follows the story of seventeen year old Mia, a budding cellist left in a coma after a car crash that killed her family. Mia struggles to decide whether to wake up or let herself die. The only thing complicating the decision is her boyfriend, Adam.

The movie is being done by MGM/Warner Bros and New Line and it is also being directed by R.J. Cutler. Chloë Moretz has been cast as Mia and Jamie Blackley as Adam. As much as I’m anticipating this movie, there’s already been some drama surrounding it, with Chloe Moretz suffering from Foot in Mouth syndrome:

“What’s interesting about Gayle’s novel is that it’s not really that YA. It deals with issues that are much bigger…it’s much darker than I think most YA is. I want people to walk in and feel like they actually felt something, and learned something, and realized something different about life that’s more than just, ’Oh, I saw this love triangle and it’s super sad because she chose the guy I didn’t like. And then the movie was over.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s pathetic.’ You want to watch something that actually means something and makes you feel and makes you want to be involved. That’s what I wanted to make and that’s what I strive to make.”

Oh...OH, no you did not.

This quote inspired a twitter hashtag #recsformoretz and several angry responses from the YA community and others compiling lists of great young adult novels for Moretz to check out. Not that Moretz probably cares since she’s being pursued for the lead of Paper Towns. Still, I hope she figures out how wrong she is.


John Green Taking Over the World

John Green has been announced as the Executive Producer for the movie adaptation of his popular young adult novel, Paper Towns. Fox studios purchased the film rights for the novel. Much of the crew for The Fault in our Stars will be reunited for Paper Towns, including screenwriters and producers. Nat Wolff will be playing the lead, otherwise known as Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars, otherwise known as this guy:

Nat Wolff

Regarding his new position, John Green tweeted “If you don’t like something, you can blame me.”

We certainly shall, Mister Green! Paper Towns is a two-time Printz Medalist and consistent New York Times bestseller. It’s the story of Quentin Jacobsen who loves Margo Roth Speigelman in a far off, telescope-abusing kind of way. Turns out Margo isn’t really the girl Quentin thinks he knows, and after a night of shenanigans, the mystery only deepens.


More on the Harry Potter Spinoff

Now I actually am a Harry Potter fan, believe me, but if I have to hand in my fan card right now because of this article, I will. This is kind of ridiculous, but the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff is getting a three movie deal from Warner Brothers. Note to the world: Not everything needs a three movie deal.

The series will follow the, no doubt, scintillating adventures of Newt Scamander, and is set seventy years before the events of the rest of the Harry Potter series.

None of this makes me happy. However this might tickle your happy bone: here is a list of facts that will change the way you look at Harry Potter! I want to embrace whoever made this list!


Logan Lerman Says No to Another Percy Jackson Film

Logan Lerman attended the Noah premiere this week and answered questions about the third Percy Jackson movie which, according to him, is just probably not happening. Fans of the award winning series will be disappointed but perhaps not surprised to hear that there won’t be another installment.

“It’s been a great experience for me,” Lerman said of the role. “It’s opened up a lot of doors for me, but I don’t think it’s happening.”

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010) is an adaptation of the middle grade book of the same name, and follows the adventures of the demigod children of greek gods. The film only received a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned $86.7 million at the box office. Its sequel, Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters (2013), has a 41% Rotten Tomato rating and only brought in $68.6 million. Which, honestly, is nothing to sneeze at but still probably isn’t great when you compare it to the $408 million that The Hunger Games brought in during 2012.


Get a Look at the Petals on the Wind Remake


Petals on the Wind

Lifetime has released some promo images for Petals on the Wind, the Flowers in the Attic sequel, in anticipation of its release on May 26th at 8pm. Grown up and ten years older, Cathy and Christopher are now played by Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash. Heather Graham, on the other hand, has retained her role as their mother Corrine.


Publishers’ Weekly says Divergent is Making a Killing

Publishers’ Weekly posted their Facts & Figures for their biggest sellers, showing Divergent was the boss of 2013. Honestly this just stunned me, since I was sure John Green’s books would be on there. Yet, overall on the front lists and backlists for Hardback and Paperbacks, Divergent does generally come out on top, knocking The Hunger Games trilogy off the perch it’s held for two years.

Here’s a compact version of the list:

Hardcover Frontlist

  1. Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8). Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet (3,010,093)
  2. Allegiant (Divergent #3). Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen (1,526,294)
  3. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion (1,470,021)
  4. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. Rush Limbaugh. S&S/Threshold (765,073)
  5. Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Dork Diaries #6). Rachel Renée Russell. S&S/Aladdin (749,685)

Hardcover Backlist

  1. The Fault in Our Stars. John Green. Dutton, 2012
  2. Insurgent (Divergent #2). Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen, 2012 (1,109,129)
  3. Green Eggs and Ham. Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1960
  4. Wonder. R.J. Palacio. Knopf, 2012
  5. Goodnight Moon (board book). Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Clement Hurd. HarperFestival, 1991 (632,579)

Paperback Frontlist

  1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2, trade paper and movie tie-in editions). Suzanne Collins. Scholastic (900,509)
  2. Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch. James Dean. HarperCollins (632,390)
  3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs. Quirk (430,433)
  4. Pinkalicious and the Cupcake Calamity. Victoria Kann. HarperCollins (384,606)
  5. Pete the Cat: Play Ball! James Dean. HarperCollins (371,511)

Paperback Backlist

  1. Divergent. Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen, 2012 (1,714,730)
  2. The Book Thief (trade paper and movie tie-in eds.). Markus Zusak. Knopf, 2007/2013
  3. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion, 2006 (600,383)
  4. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1). Cassandra Clare. S&S/McElderry, 2008 (522,491)
  5. Looking for Alaska. John Green. Penguin/Speak, 2006


  1. Divergent. Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen (709,077)
  2. The Fault in Our Stars. John Green. Dutton
  3. The Book Thief. Markus Zusak. Knopf
  4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2). Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (580,988)
  5. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3). Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (557,554)

You can see the full list here.

I’m kind of surprised that John Green’s novels didn’t make more of an appearance on these lists. They spend every week in the New York Times Bestsellers Lists. Only The Fault in Our Stars really makes it on there yet, An Abundance of Katherines, and his other novels are on there pretty regularly too. Still, it’s nice to see some diversity in this list regarding bestsellers! Thanks Publishers’ Weekly for putting that together.


New York Times Best Sellers (April 6, 2014)

Young Adult

  1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  4. Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
  5. Paper Towns by John Green
  6. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Children’s Series

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  5. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  6. Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  7. Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
  8. Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan
  9. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  10. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan


Book Deals

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Rights: World English
Agent: Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Agency)

In the novel a 17-year-old is recruited as a trainer by a weight-loss clinic: her brain waves are downloaded into clients’ bodies so she can exercise for them.

The Ascent of Tosh by Carrie Gordon Watson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rights: North American
Agent: Erin Murphy (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)

Pitched as The Matrix meets Donnie Darko with cockroaches—a surreal story depicting the way trauma and grief force a teen into the bizarre recesses of his mind. Publication is expected in spring 2016.

Lifer by Beck Nicholas
Publisher: Month9Books
Rights: U.S.
Agent: Ali McDonald (The Rights Factory)

A teenage slave aboard a spaceship finds herself in the middle of an uprising, while another teen back on Earth searches for his forgotten past in the midst of a brewing rebellion.

Source: Publishers’ Weekly


New Releases


Cover Reveals


Kat Kennedy and Stephanie Sinclair are the bloggers behind Cuddlebuggery, the Young Adult book blog dedicated to corrupting the reading community with sinister shenanigans.

Petar Belic
1. Petar Belic
What Chloe said was about absolutely right.

Publishers forget that they have the audience for YA for about... 4-5 years.

Then suddenly these 'young adults' are adults and being associated with YA is very, very passe. And YA will soon be passe in a more general sense - hopefully - just like Paranormal Romance was. I have friends who use to read PR and nothing else, but now deny all exposure to the genre! Chloe is just staying ahead of the curve.
Dan Rice
2. driceman
Chloe may have alienated some mindless fans who are obsessed with love triangles, but she's right-the stories she's referring to are hollow and boring. Keep fighting the good fight, Chloe!
Steph Sinclair
3. stephsinclair
@Petar Belic and driceman, I'd have to disagree. YA is such a broad genre and encompasses many different types of stories. Chloe demonstrated pure ignorance by saying If I Stay was darker than most YA. Incorrect. She speaks like a person that doesn't read much YA at all and, in effect, bashes a genre she knows nothing about. Most YA isn't just about picking a hot guy over another hot guy. Just because a novel isn't "dark" (which is purely subjective anyway) doesn't mean you can't "feel something" or "learn something".

And even if a book does contain a stronger romantic focus, so what? It doesn't mean that novel is "lesser" than a "darker" book. There is a reason why so many adults read YA. It's a genre that has the ability to push its own limits, explore themes in a way that isn't done in adult fiction and appeal to a wide variety of ages. YA is far, far from passe.
Petar Belic
4. Zed
I vehemently disagree with the idea that YA isnt mostly about Pranormal romance-Because it is.Every Ya shelf features the same dang thing-Girl picks waht hot guy over another hot guy.Or girl picks guy to define her ife by.
Sure there are Great exceptions to the rule.Red rising was a real breath of fresh air for example.That Magistrium looks interesting despite being an Harrypotter rip off.
Petar Belic
5. Ricardo Penteado
Well, I got to say that, unless you are mentioning it because of its effects instead of message, Ms. Moritz's foot stayed very far from her mouth when she said the above quote.

Because I - and it seems many like me on the comments above - couldn't agree more.
Steph Sinclair
6. stephsinclair
@Zed, You're using ONE sub-genre to define an ENTIRE genre. What kind of sense does that make? I read a lot of YA every year. Hundreads of books, and I can tell you from experience YA isn't always about hot guy vs. hot guy. There was a time when that trend was prevalent in the grenre (think: the Twilight Era), but that's a fad. Like any grene, trends and fads come and go, but it does not define the genre as a whole.

Red Rising and The Magistrium tech. aren't YA. Red Rising is published under RH's Adult imprint. It's marketed to both YA and Adult audiences because it does have crossover appeal, but it would be considered very mature for YA. The Magistrium is Middle Grade, but since many YA readers will likely pick the book up since both authors have a larger audience of YA readers, it was included in the cover reveals.
Petar Belic
8. Philip J
I read a lot of books. A lot. As I'm sure all of us do who frequent tor. I've tried to read some YA. I've taken a stab at several of the ones that YA fans say adults should read. I just can't stand them. I'm with Chloe 100% on this. I find YA absolutely irritating. Maybe I sound like a snob, but I just don't understand what adults find appealing about the genre.
Petar Belic
9. Ilex
Seems like YA can't win for losing. It's either all "too dark!" as that Wall Street Journal piece tried to argue a couple years ago, or "not dark/serious enough" for Chloe Moretz. I am getting very tired of people who don't actually read much YA lit making these Big Pronouncements about the whole category. People seem to forget or not realize in the first place that Young Adult is an age group, not a genre.

And thanks for posting those Publisher's Weekly lists! What a different story from the NYT weekly Top Ten. It's a bit jarring to see "children's" books lumped together so that Goodnight Moon is on the same hardcover list with The Fault in Our Stars, though. YA really deserves more respect as its own category.
Petar Belic
11. Ilex
Coincidentally, I happen to have a list on hand that I made from the New YA Shelf at my local library in December, showing how many books I counted in different genres, although I had a hard time categorizing some of them:

Contemporary/Realistic -- 16
Contemp. Suspense/Thrillers -- 4
POC or Multicultural Contemporary -- 4
World War II-related -- 3
Historical NOT WWII -- 1
War in Afghanistan -- 1

Paranormal Angle -- 7
Dystopian Angle -- 6
Urban Fantasy -- 5
Vampire-related -- 3
High Fantasy -- 3
Greek Myth-Inspired -- 2, one was also dystopian
Polynesian Myth-Inspired -- 1
Hard-to-Categorize Fantasy Elements -- 2
Paranormal + Dystopian -- 1
Vampire + Dystopian -- 1
Dystopian + Magic -- 1
Zombies -- 1
SF-ish -- 1 (Pittacus Lore)

You can see that contemporary was easily the largest single category, while realistic and speculative novels are about equally weighted here.
Petar Belic
12. Ilex

BTW, I'm not aiming my "YA is not a genre" comments at you; they're intended for anyone who doesn't realize that the YA category contains all genres. :-)
Joe Vondracek
13. joev
I'm not seeing what the kerfuffle is about. For better or worse, a lot of people associate YA fiction with stuff like Twilight. That's inaccurate, but it is what it is. Ms. Moretz is either an example of that cohort, or she's aware that YA is more than that genre and is trying to make the distinction with her new project. And any actor will try to differentiate their project from anything else that it could be categorized with because who wants to go see the same old same old? That's the way the Hollywood game is played, even when they're remaking what was successful last year. But, hey, that's just, like, my opinion, man.
Sean Tabor
14. wingracer
This cracks me up. YA fans getting pissed at Moretz for basically saying the same thing YA fans say all the time.

Moretz is an actress in a film adaptation of a YA novel. What she cares about is her movie doing well. The 100k or so die-hard YA fans can not buy enough tickets to accomplish that. The only way her movie is a huge success is to crossover to the mainstream and the mainstream views YA as Twilight. Is that true? No but that's how they see it and it will not change until something that is YA but is not Twilight is just as successful. So you'd better hope that her film or all the John Green films coming or something becomes huge because until then, you will all bow down to the oppressive tyrant that is Twilight.

Subscribe to this thread

Receive notification by email when a new comment is added. You must be a registered user to subscribe to threads.
Post a comment