A Foray Into YA

Pretty Little Liars

This popular ABC Family TV show was a popular book series first. Originally written by Sara Shepard, the books follow four best friends after the leader of their clique is mysteriously murdered. The series currently includes 11 books. In 2010, the books became a teen thriller TV show. It just wrapped its second season; the third will debut June 5.

The first (left-most) video below is a clip from ABC Family.

The Hunger Games

The dystopian trilogy features the perfect combination of adventure and romance. The first two books in the series, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, were New York Times best sellers. The Hunger Games force children to fight to the death for food. In March, the first installment was released as a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.

The second (middle) video below is the movie's trailer from Lionsgate.


This series launched a fandom not unlike Beatlemania. The four books have been made into five movies, the final installment of which will be released in November. The Twilight series is about a mortal teenager, Bella, who falls in love with a vampire, Edward. As she's taken into their world, Bella must make sacrifices to keep her family, her lover and herself free from harm.

The third (right-most) video below contains footage from a movie premiere from the series' official website.