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5 Young Adult Books That Should Be Turned Into a Series

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After Riverdale13 Reasons Why, and the upcoming Girlboss, we really think that adapting books into a series for television is the next big thing. So instead of waiting for the next announcement whether our fave young adult books are going to hit the small screen soon, we're giving out suggestions. Hee hee!

Hear us out, series producers, because these are the stories we want to be binge-watching in the very near future.

  1. David Levithan's Every Day

This story from David Levithan revolves around A and Rhiannon who are in a magical relationship. A has no body; his soul transfers from one person's body to another. This becomes problematic when he meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of one body he used to call home, Justin.

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We'd love to see it pan out in a series because one, it would be interesting to cast a lot of people to play A, and two, because we want to see A and Rhiannon's perspectives together for once. 

  1. Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park

These star-crossed 16-year-olds will make you laugh and love music and life even more. Eleanor & Park's unique love story will make you reminisce of your first time falling in love—basically, your first time in almost everything!

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Since it was already announced that the movie version won't be pushing through, we hope someone gets this and adapts it into a series instead. As you all know, we're all suckers for first loves and high school romances, so it's one reason why we want this book to be adapted into a series. Also, we think that more than an hour or two is necessary to explore Eleanor and Park's characters because of their depth. Hopefully, Rainbow Rowell would approve!

  1. John Green's Looking for Alaska 

This coming-of-age story is about Pudge, a student at a boarding school, who meets a group of friends, including the fascinating Alaska Young, who will make him realize that there's more to life than the ones spent inside the walls of his home and his classrooms. Then their lives take a drastic turn; there's no turning back.

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John Green revealed last year that there have been problems in the process of adapting Looking for Alaska into a movie. And we're totally saddened by how the studio (huhu!) is handling the movie-making process. Hopefully, they give back the rights to John and some producer adapts it into a series, which will surely touch more lives and help more people deal with the death of a loved one.

  1. Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Series

Ransom Riggs brings to life a fascinating and magical world of children with special talents, including Jacob, a 16-year-old who saves the Peculiars from getting killed by shapeshifters. The group embarks on an adventure of getting to know other Peculiars, making friends, and discovering more of themselves way beyond their special abilities.

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The movie, directed by Tim Burton, was perfect. The problem? We want more of their enchanting world. We really want to have our weekly dose of Jacob, Emma, and Miss Peregrine that we think two hours isn't enough already!

  1. Suzanne Young's The Program Series

Set in the future, The Program is a place where depressed teens are sent to have their memories removed and to protect them from the outside world where suicide and depression have become epidemic. Sloane and her late best friend's boyfriend James sink into depression while they're trying to stay strong to avoid what lies ahead and getting sent to The Program to have their memories erased.

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We love dystopian novels and this one reminds us of Divergent, which crossed over with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind when it comes to erasing and regaining memories. We're dying to see how Sloane and James battle the challenges they have to face in order to save their memories and save the love they've found while living through the things that haunt them.

Which young adult novels would you want to see on the small screen? Let's talk in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)

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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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