There\u2019s no denying that book to movie adaptations are dominating the cinematic world at the moment. If we look over the past few years of these adaptations, we can clearly see a pattern in what Hollywood is searching for.\r\n\r\nYoung Adult fiction is the chief genre being transferred to cinematic production. In terms of book sales, the genre itself has undergone a major explosion over the past decade. The number of YA titles published between 2002 and 2012 has grown by more than 120 percent. Other estimates show that between 1997 and 2009, that figure was closer to 900 percent. While the genre is theoretically targeted at an audience between the ages 12 and 18, more than half of all YA novels sold are bought by older adults.\r\n\r\nYA fiction is breaking records on the bestseller lists and at the box office... Image Credit: Willow Twin via Flickr Creative Commons.\r\n \r\n\r\nWhen you see adults on their commutes reading the hard covers of these books, with their jackets removed, it means the movie has a far better chance of working,\u201d says Ben Schrank, president and publisher of Razorbill, the YA imprint of Penguin Random House. \u201cThe fact that there are more people writing better books for young people than ever before, combined with a culture where fewer and fewer people think of themselves as old, makes over-saturation in the immediate future seem unlikely.\u201d\r\nSo, if you\u2019re looking to cash-in, all you have to do is develop a story that contains;\r\n\r\n \tA female protagonist (to lead a rebellion)\r\n \tRealistic elements\r\n \tStrong hints of romance\r\n \tSupernatural\/dystopian setting\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThis can be seen from the recent releases of Young Adult adaptations such as; Divergent and Vampire Academy. Both implemented because of their successful predecessors; The Hunger Games and Twilight. Along with these books providing for great films, the films are also simultaneously putting the previous bestsellers back on top.\r\n\r\nThough many of these books are great reads, and succeed in pleasing their desired audience, I\u2019m sure many readers would like to see a shift in adaptations, towards the more grounded, realistic novels. It looks like Hollywood has relented slightly with the upcoming cinematic debut of John Green\u2019s The Fault in Our Stars. However, there are still many out there that haven\u2019t been considered, as Green states:\r\n\u00a0They make far fewer movies than we make books. They are much more trend-obsessed. We are little trend-obsessed in the world of publishing, but Hollywood is super trend-obsessed. I hope it\u2019s not either\/or because there are a lot of supernatural romances I love and there are a lot of dystopias I love and would love to see as movies. I would love to see some of Laurie Halse Anderson\u2019s novels made in movies, but I would also love to see Marie Lu\u2019s series, Prodigy, made into a movie. My hope would be that we can have some breadth in movies we make for teenagers just as we have some in books.\u201d\r\nMoreover, recent examples have shown, that despite being bestsellers, the transfer to the silver screen has meant a loss of allure.\u00a0Schrank says the trick to success in YA adaptations comes down to a simple understanding; book series such as Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games achieved the most success in crossing over to an adult readership. The Hunger Games alone moved over 50 million copies for scholastic just months after the release of the first movie. Other YA books that have been adapted, while were still successful, didn\u2019t quite extend beyond\u00a0their young adult fan base. For example, The Divergent series has sold to date, around 16 million copies of its trilogy. A huge number, retrospectively, though not nearly on par with its biggest competitors.\r\n\r\nUltimately we have seen a booming climb in YA novels, as authors such as Green, Collins and Meyer continue to sell over millions of books worldwide, despite the numerous challenges publishers are now facing due to the domination of e-commerce giants and self-publishing. It is because of the genre\u2019s enormous success, that we have seen the reclassification of some of the most classic novels of the 20th Century; Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit\u00a0451, Lord of the Rings all having appeared in NPR\u2019S 100 best-ever teen novels.\r\n\r\nSo, if you like where YA fiction is heading in the publishing industry, here are our tips\u2026\r\nDon\u2019t just write a book in hopes of it becoming a movie\r\nThere is a reason screenwriters exist. To write screenplays- for films. The most important thing is to indulge your audience with\u00a0a satisfying reading experience. This in turn, will ensure an avid fan base that is determined to see their favourite book made into a movie.\r\nHave a clear plot line\r\nThis may seem obvious, though, it\u2019s surprising how many books you come across that don\u2019t have a definitive plot. The biggest issue with writers, is we can get so entranced by the art of language, in trying to provoke\u00a0the reader emotionally, we lose the most basic skill in narrative writing.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re writing with film adaptations in mind, you\u2019re going to need to make sure something huge happens, ideally in a three-act structure. Disaster (with an attempted resolution, leading to a bigger problem)- climax- resolution. Add some action in there, while you\u2019re at it.\r\nSetting\r\nThis is essential. You don\u2019t want your beautiful creation to be destroyed in the adaptation because you weren\u2019t able to vividly describe the surroundings.\u00a0However, you also need to be wary of over-describing.\u00a0The key is to find the right balance; allow your reader the authenticity of your setting, without including unnecessary details.\r\nMemorable Characters\r\nBy this, we don\u2019t just mean the protagonist. That one, is hopefully just obvious\u2026\u00a0Minor characters can and should play a core role in the dynamic of your story.\u00a0Think of any single adjective that can be attributed to a human, and just give it a name. Some of the greatest characters from Young Adult literature have been the result of this adventurous thinking; Neville Longbottom.\r\n***\r\nIt is not likely that\u00a0the Young Adult outbreak will\u00a0cease anytime soon, though hopefully readers will feel inclined\u00a0to\u00a0shift towards\u00a0the more realistic stories.\r\nThe fact that there are more people writing better books for young people than ever before, combined with a culture where fewer and fewer people think of themselves as old, makes over-saturation in the immediate future seem unlikely,\u201d states Schrank.\r\nTo read the\u00a0full interview with John Green, click here.