It’s rare that movies based on books are anywhere near as good as the original.  I can think of a few, but for the most part, either the screenwriter and director knew the novel inside and out, or the book wasn’t very good to begin with.  Most well-written books have internal dialogue or written discussions of the characters’ actions that just don’t translate to film. 

But despite my knowledge that, for the most part, my favorite book will become a dissapointing movie, I still get excited at the prospect of seeing characters I love come to life.  So, with a little help from members of YALSA, here’s a look at some of the film adaptations coming out in the next year:

The Spiderwick Chronicles  by Tony Diterlizzi … came out February 2008spiderwick_chronicles_poster.jpg

Penelope by Marilyn Kaye … came out February 2008

Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr … April 2008

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke … April 2008

Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis … May 2008

Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison … June 2008

The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne … June 2008

Forever in Blue by Anne Brashares (Movie Title: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants part 2) … August 2008

City of Ember by Jeanne DPrau … October 2008

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn … October 2008nicknoraexclusive.jpg

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling … November 2008

Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo … December 2008

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer … December 2008

Youth in Revolt by C. D. Payne … December 2008

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan … no release date set

Coraline by Neil Gaiman … no release date