Welcome to Melissa J. Crispin, celebrating the release of her new YA novel, Collide. What books would you like to see made into movies? Here's Melissa's list!
Favorite 5 YA Books Potentially Headed for the Big Screen
by Melissa J. Crispin
These books aren’t necessarily my favorite YA books of all time, but I liked each one on the list very much, and all have been optioned for film. I understand that doesn’t guarantee they’ll be made into movies, but I sure hope they do.
Here goes, in no particular order…
1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – I really enjoyed this book. There are a lot of scenes involving kids with crazy super powers that would be a lot of fun to watch.
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I loved the two main characters in this book. They felt like real teenagers to me. They weren’t perfect, gorgeous physical specimens, and they had real problems that they were trying to deal with. Also, the way first love is depicted in this book is sweet and somewhat tragic at the same time. There are a number of scenes in this book that I can imagine translating to the big screen well, and I’d be curious to see who they would cast for Eleanor and Park.
3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor –I absolutely love this book. The world building in this trilogy is awesome. If they make this movie, I can’t wait to see how they do the transitions between worlds and show the portal entrances. I also can’t wait to see what kind of makeup magic they’ll use to bring some of these characters to life.
4. The Selection by Kiera Cass – I can’t resist a good book with an intriguing love triangle, and this story delivers on that front. I think this would be really fun to watch on film. I can imagine the movie set in an impressive castle somewhere and lots of interesting costumes. No doubt I would definitely watch this.
5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Okay, so this one might be cheating a little bit. I’ll admit it. I think this one was optioned for film quite a while ago and nothing ever came of it. However, if anything ever did, I would definitely watch it. This is another one that I think would have a cool movie set. Between scenes at the old boarding school and scenes in a different realm, it would be interesting to see if any of the places match what I envision in my head.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments what your picks would be!
Melissa J. Crispin
Release Date: March 18th
Approx. 88K, Evernight Teen
Romance/Love Triangle/Fantasy Elements
Kayla has a plan. She’s moving to the city after graduation and Luke’s coming with her. He’ll eventually become a doctor, she’ll be a ballerina—and they’ll live happily ever after. That is, until dark forces, led by a sister she never knew existed, start hunting her down for a power she never knew she had.
When Kayla starts working with a boy named Alec to learn how to defend herself and to stop the evil from eliminating the worlds, she finds herself falling for him. Hard. Torn between two loves and struggling to do what’s right for Earth and Afterlife, Kayla must decide if she’s fighting to keep her life together, or letting it go to save everyone else’s.
14+ due to sexuality, language, teen pregnancy, and adult situations
Luke nodded. “Let me get this straight. So, this guy, he can heal your leg, protect you from something that isn’t yet clear to me, and bring you to some otherworldly place, where you’re reunited with your father?”
“Yeah.” There was that word again.
He pulled his hand out of mine and ran his fingers through his hair. “Well, that’s pretty damn hard to compete with.”
“Luke, this isn’t a competition. This is my life. He’s already saved me once.”
“And I’ll do it again,” Alec said.
Luke pointed a finger at Alec. “I don’t care what you can do. I don’t like you. You stole my girl, who’s pregnant with my baby.” Luke stepped around me and got in Alec’s face. “She will always have a part of me in her life.”
Alec slowly shook his head. “Not new news, and for the record, you stole her from me. So, you don’t get to play that card.”
The tension thickened in the air until the hairs stood on the back of my neck.
“She never said a word to you before all this weird shit started to go down.” Luke poked Alec in the chest. “You’re a liar.”
“It’s true,” I whispered.
Luke whirled around. “What?”
“Before us. It was him.”
Luke opened his mouth, as if to say something, but snapped it shut. He finally spoke after a long moment. “You said I was your first boyfriend. Your first kiss. Your first everything with a guy. You lied to me?”
“At the time, I thought that was true. He finds me in my dreams and takes me to Afterlife. That’s how we met. I never even knew he was real. I thought he was a boy in some recurring dream. I never even remembered until I barreled him over in the hallway one day by accident. His touch jarred my memory.”
Luke’s eyes were wild. “Do me a favor. Do not talk about touching him, ever, in my presence.”
“I’m sorry, Luke. That’s why this is so difficult. I’m only now remembering things that happened before us. It’s … confusing.”
“You were with him? Actually with him, before me?”
I swallowed. “We were sort of dating.”
“That’s not what I meant.” A muscle ticked in Luke’s jaw, and realization dawned on me.
“Oh, no. We didn’t.” I cleared my throat. “Not that…”
“I don’t know what you’re so pissed about. You’re the one who got to have a real relationship with her,” Alec said.
“Shut up. Just shut the hell up.” Luke gently brushed me to the side, leaving him and Alec staring each other down. “You’re an asshole.”
“Hate me, if you want. Call me whatever you want. But that girl right there?” He pointed to me. “She needs me. I swore to protect her, and I don’t give a shit about what you think. I’m her best shot at survival. Your baby’s, too. So, next time you get in my face, remember their lives are at stake and that your guns can’t fight off the shit that’s coming.”
“Asshole,” Luke muttered.
“Douche,” Alec said under his breath.
“Stop fighting,” I said from behind Luke’s back.
“You’re a loser. A loser, with no friends and no life, who came in and stole my girlfriend. Even if she chooses you, you’ll have to help her with my baby. Every time you look at our kid, you’ll be reminded of who was there first.”
I took a step outward to try to get between them, but Alec swung before I could, and as his fist connected with Luke’s face, Luke charged him, sending them both tumbling toward the ground.
Fists flew and grunts sounded in the scuffle as they rolled, each trying to get the upper hand.
“Stop!” I yelled.
About the author:Melissa J. Crispin lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, and an adorable Siberian Husky. She spends her days in the corporate world, and pursues her passion for writing in the late nights and early mornings.
From micro-fiction to novels, Melissa loves to write stories in varying lengths. But, no matter the story, it's almost always about the romance.
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