06 February 2012

Bring it on!

Karen Healey is partway through a magnificent series of blog posts on Teen Movies with Serious Messages. Go at once and read them. She has already covered several Onion favourites including Bring it On, Clueless, Empire Records, Saved...

Oh, world, never stop making teen movies.

This got us thinking about how the teen movie and the YA novel are really partners in awesome.
So here is a list of YA novels we would love to see on the big screen: 

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Art, love, insecurity, family, friendship, sekrit attraction, confusion, kissing. Graffiti Moon would fit PERFECTLY into the long tradition of teen films that take place over one glorious/terrible/wonderful night. This is a NO BRAINER, Hollywood, get on it. 

Pink by Lili Wilkinson
Being yourself, trying out different selves, starting a new school, STAGE CREW, love and friendship, sex and sexuality, fitting in, changing your mind, playing around, oh and STAGE CREW. Why is this not a film already? 

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist  by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. 
Oh wait! They already made that one.  Now they should make Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. A Christmas movie! With muppet making! 

Winter of Grace by Kate Constable
Searching for answers, testing friendships, finding your own path, exploring faith, meeting a boy and then MEETING HIS BROTHER. 

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
Okay, so this one's going to be super-expensive to film, what with it being set in 1936 in a fictional country which is basically a decaying castle, on a rock, in the middle of the English Channel. And okay, it might not fit into the classic Teen Movie mould.  But HOW GOOD WOULD IT BE?

Step Up and Dance by Thalia Kalkipsakis
A CHEERLEADING DANCE MOVIE. Also, SECRET CRUSH and MISTAKEN IDENTITIES and FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS. And with that, ladies and gentleman of the jury, we rest our case.

But wait, while we're on the topic... did you see the second trailer for the Hunger Games movie? We might have shed a little tear...


Thaliak said...

Ooo... yay! Can I add Jasper Jones to the list?

I don't usually admit this but I am a teen-movie junkie, with an extra weakness for the anti-establishment-dancy-type-teen movie.
And I seem to have developed an addiction to watching Hunger Game movie trailers (thanks Onions!).

So I will reply with another movie trailer:


(If the link doesn't work, it's meant to take you to the Stick It trailer... anti-establishment gymnasts, AND Jeff Bridges... what more can you want?).

The Alien Onions said...

Oh - I saw Stick It! (In service of my own addiction...) But I don't remember much about it. Looks like a rewatch is in order!