Although I am a children’s librarian, I have a deep and abiding love for YA literature, as I’m sure most of us do. Some of our mature readers in the Children’s Library have already read their way through many a YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi book, so I am always on the lookout for stories that our kids can “read up” to without exposing them to much content their parents might find objectionable.
One book which fits all these criteria is Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. In a reverse of the Twilight-spawned “mysterious guy, normal girl” trope that is so common in fantasies today, Beautiful Creatures is about a mysterious girl, Lena, and the normal boy (Ethan) who is drawn into her strange world. It’s a southern-set, gothic mystery filled with magic and forces of light and dark. I loved it, our kids love it, and the copies in our library are almost never checked in.
Cue the movie adaptation! With the success of The Hunger Games, studios are rushing their YA-adaptations into production. First to hit the screen is Beautiful Creatures. Although the movie does not come out until February 13, 2013, the trailer was released last week online. It looks just about perfect to me. The supporting cast is stocked with veterans like Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, and Emma Thompson. The two leads are played by relative unknowns, which is always interesting. And everyone is sporting a southern accent, with varying degrees of success. Check out the trailer today!