5 YA Books That Need To Be Made Into Movies Immediately

With the success of The Hunger Games and Divergent films, it's clear the YA genre is taking Hollywood by storm. More and more beloved books are getting adapted to the big screen, but a few fan favorites are still missing. Here's a list of the 5 books we're dying to see onscreen, with a little casting and director recommendations to get the ball rolling!

1. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

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Starring: Emily Browning as Tally and Emma Roberts as Shay

Directed by: Phillip Noyce (The Giver)

Why we need it NOW:

Hoverboards! The titular Uglies constantly use Hoverboards for travel as well as goofing off, and eventually Tally embarks on a long journey with only her hoverboard for company. Who doesn't want to see those action scenes come to life on the big screen? Fans have been waiting ages for a film adaptation and we'll definitely be the first there if it happens.

2. Gone by Michael Grant

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Starring: Peyton Meyer as Sam and Sabrina Carpenter as Astrid

Directed by: Greg Beeman (Falling Skies, Heroes, Smallville)

Why we need it NOW:

Gone is an utterly terrifying story about a town whose adults disappear and whose trapped children begin to develop powers like no one has ever seen. We've already seen Girl Meets World stars Peyton Meyer and Sabrina Carpenter's fabulous chemistry on TV and they would be adorable together as the two leads. We'd love to see the powers the children manifest come to life on the screen–particularly Sam's light, which he struggles to control throughout the series.

3. The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

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Starring: Jamie Chung as Okiku and Ki Hong Lee as Tark

Directed by: James Wan (Insidious)

Why we need it NOW:

Sometimes you just really want to have the pants scared off you, and The Girl from the Well does that by taking horror in a new direction, telling the story from the point of view of a creepy ghost. Of course, the real highlight would be those horrible horrible dolls. When Okiku and Tark journey to ancient shrines in Japan, one of those shrines is full of spooky dolls used in rituals. Just thinking of them gives us goosebumps! That's one scene we can't wait to get terrified by.

4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Starring: Josh Hutcherson as Wade and Mae Whitman as Art3mis

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy)

Why we need it NOW:

Widely considered the best recent science fiction novel by both teens and adults, Ready Player One would be a huge audience pleaser for all ages. Since most of the book takes place inside the OASIS, a virtual reality the majority of the population spends their time in, we think the Tron: Legacy director could handle the challenge beautifully. There are so many amazing things in the book that would be awesome in a movie, but mostly we're looking forward to the giant robot battle. Yep.. There's a giant robot battle.

5. Matched by Ally Condie

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Starring: Shailene Woodley as Cassia, Ansel Elgort as Xander and Dylan O'Brian as Ky

Directed by: Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, Catching Fire, Mockingjay Pt. 1)

Why we need it NOW:

Matched has been a sensation for the last five years, and we think it's about time the fans got a movie. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort have already proven they have outstanding chemistry with The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series. Dylan O'Brian would make an excellent third corner in the wonderfully written love triangle. While there's a good amount of action in Matched, we're mostly looking forward to Cassia and Ky hiking the hill, sharing poetry and falling in love. Sigh. So cute.

What books do you want to see on the big screen? Would you cast any of our choices differently? Let us know in the comments below and share your own thoughts in our reading fan clubs at Sweety High.