Netflix is quickly becoming a YA reader’s second best friend (the first is books, obviously). The Netflix adaptations of Dumplin’ and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before have won us over with great scripts, a dedication to the heart of each novel, and fantastic casting. Recently, Netflix has announced their plans to adapt the To All the Boys sequel and Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series. We’re excited to see that Netflix plans on continuing to put our YA favorites on the small screen. Here are a few other YA books we’d like to see them take on.
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I’m a firm believer that life can always use more rom coms, which is why I’d love for Netflix to adapt one of my YA favorites: I Believe in a Thing Called Love. The novel follows Desi, a high school senior who decides she’s going to win over her crush using lessons she’s learned from watching Korean dramas with her dad. This is a quirky and funny story filled with lovable characters, and this adaptation could also serve as the perfect introduction to all of the K-dramas now on Netflix.
I want to live in a world where I can tune in weekly to watch Jane McKeene slay shamblers. In the novel, Jane is born only days before the undead begin rising from their graves during the battle of Gettysburg. Jane’s narration is as sharp as her sickle, making her an ideal cinematic lead. A movie adaptation would be excellent, but my real dream would be a mini-series that explores Jane’s training, her discoveries in Kansas, and the backstories for characters like Katherine and Daniel Redfern.
Christina Lauren’s novel explores sexuality, religion, and first love through the blossoming romance between Tanner, a bisexual high school senior, and Sebastian, the local bishop’s son. There’s plenty of heart and humor here, as well as thoughtful and nuanced looks into identity and how daunting it can be to tell the world who you are. With the success of Love, Simon, now is the perfect time for Netflix to transform this beloved book into a movie.
Warcross transports readers to a near future where virtual reality is part of people’s daily lives. Hacker Emika Chen uses her special set of skills to make money, but she gets more than she bargained for when she accidentally hacks into the international Warcross Championships. Personally, I’d love to see this series turned into an animated movie in a style similar to Into the Spider-Verse—bold, colorful, and hyper creative.
Dimple Shah doesn’t share her family’s passion for finding her an Indian husband. The recent high school grad is more focused on her dream of becoming a web developer. When her parents agree to let her attend a summer program focused on her career goals, she thinks they’re beginning to respect her choices… until she runs into Rishi Patel, the guy her parents want her to marry. Their hilarious meet-cute alone is worth the cost of production. Get rolling, Netflix.
Xifeng ripped my heart out of my chest and hasn’t let it go. She’s the reimagined Evil Queen from “Snow White,” and the first book in this duology follows her transformation from a peasant into a powerful empress. The finale of Game of Thrones is about to leave a Cersei-shaped hole in my life, and Netflix could easily fill it with this tale of a girl willing to do anything to fulfill her destiny.
This captivating mystery follows a podcast host as he searches for a missing girl named Sadie. But Sadie isn’t ready to be found, not until she’s tracked down the person who murdered her sister. That’s not all: A real-life podcast was also produced as a companion to this novel. Netflix already has us addicted to their true crime documentaries, and we think this gripping tale would satisfy viewers looking for their next mystery fix.
When I first read the Winners trilogy, I was swept away by Marie Rutkoski’s lyrical writing and her clever twists and turns. This series explores the imbalance of power between a group of conquerors and the people they’ve enslaved. Rutkoski does this by featuring protagonists on both sides of the conflict. There’s danger, double crossing, revolution, and romance between characters who must betray each other to survive. Done well, this could be a real winner.