Our month devoted to YA adaptations wraps up this week as we take on 2012’s coming-of-age dramedy THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. Logan Lerman stars as an anxiety-ridden teenager who learns to navigate the living hell that is high school with a little help from new friends Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. All of this angst inspires nostalgia in co-hosts Luke and Steve, who weren’t always quite so surly. So take a trip down memory lane with us. It’s not as scary as it sounds, we swear.
Our YA adaptation month rolls on as we discuss 2013’s BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, directed by Richad LaGravenese and based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Witches–sorry, casters–and mortals be fallin’ in love as a centuries-long battle between good and evil finally comes to a head in this campy piece of Southern Gothic that shockingly failed to impress its intended teen audience. This film is truly bonkers, and we mean that as a compliment. So grab yourself a mint julep and watch as numerous Oscar winners (Jeremy Irons! Viola Davis! Emma Thompson!) embarrass themselves, all in the name of that potential franchise money. It’s kinda glorious.
Our month of YA adaptations continues as we take on 2014’s DIVERGENT, directed by Neil Burger and based on the novel by Veronica Roth. In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, society has been divided into five factions, and conformity is the name of the game. But what happens when our heroine Tris discovers that free will is more deadly than corrupt government officials and Parkour-obsessed douthchebags? All we know for sure is that Theo James is one sexy dude, and that this film isn’t nearly as bad as its reputation might suggest. Hey, we’re just exercising our freedom of speech here. Suck our cognitive transmitters!
Our month devoted to YA adaptations continues as we discuss 2008’s infamous vampire romance TWILIGHT, directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Watch as a grown-ass man over 100-years-old seduces an emotionally-stunted high school girl! Swoon as he obsessively follows her everywhere and watches her sleep! Your heart will skip a beat as she destroys every other healthy relationship in her life to please this hunky monster! To say the messaging in this film is troubling–especially in 2019–is an understatement, although we’re not entirely convinced author Stephanie Meyer was even self-aware enough to understand what the hell she was writing. Hardwicke, on the other hand, has no such excuse for her ridiculous filmmaking flourishes. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, then, that co-host Luke thinks this is one of the greatest films of all time. Team Jacob!!
SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! is devoting the month of August to Young Adult adaptations, and we’re kicking things off by tackling one of the biggest: 2012’s THE HUNGER GAMES, directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. In a dystopian future where the wealthy and powerful rule the working class through violence and intimidation (oh, wait…), underdog heroine Jennifer Lawrence will participate in the annual titular event, where tweens and teenagers are forced to fight to the death. Will our dead-eyed protagonist make it to the end? Or will she get distracted by a love triangle that forces her to choose between a little boy who decorates cakes and Liam Hemsworth? Meanwhile, a supporting cast of veteran actors auditions for RuPaul’s Drag Race, while viewers everywhere wonder why they’re not just watching CATCHING FIRE again.