Our Top 10 YA Films

Our Top 10 YA Films

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 2011 has been a fantastic year for films based on YA books. Breaking Dawn Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Red Riding Hood, new adaptations of Wuthering Heights AND Jane Eyre.

And 2012 looks to be even better – the grand finale of the Twilight Saga AND the start of The Hunger Games? It's going to be UH-MAZ-ING.

But is still, sadly, MANY months away. So what better way to spend our Christmas break then catching up on our favourite YA classics on film! And at the top of our lists:

10. Mean Girls - before she was the goddess of all things hilarious and 30 Rock, Tina Fey was inspired by Rosalind Wiseman's classic Queen Bees and Wannabees to write this laugh-out-loud and so true it hurts look at popularity and the lengths we'll go to get it (Bonus read: check out her autobiography Bossypants, which totally wins the game for best cover of all time ever)

9. The Outsiders – A shout out to all those of us who we young enough to remember Rob Lowe from his Brat Pack and not West Wing days (note: that's still been off the air for 5 years. We are SO OLD).

8. The Princess Diaries - Oh, Anne Hathaway, it's impossible not to love any movie that combines you and the great Julie Andrews, even if do we find your whole  'I took off my glasses and now I'm gorgeous' sequence totally unbelievable. 

7. The Princess BridePirates! Giants! Princesses! and the greatest kiss in the history of cinema. There's nothing not to love about both the film and the book of this children's classic – and absolutely no movie we'd rather have on while home from school sick.

6. Virgin Suicides/ Cruel Intentions - Sharing a spot because there is a very good argument that neither are based on YA books, both movies are completely compulsive, by alternate turns dreamy and fierce and totally, totally brilliant.

5. Little Women - Even if we don't always agree with their choices (he's Batman, Jo, BATMAN), the March sisters have an unchallenged place in our hearts as some of the best YA feminists ever to be on the screen (or page!)

4. Angus, Thongs. . . – We're not going to get into the name debate but needless to say that whatever type of snogging she's doing, Georgia Nicolson remains the perfect British teen voice.

3. Clueless – When Jane Austen meets mid-90s fashion, how could things ever go wrong? We still remember staunchly defending Cher's right to fall in love with the dreamy Paul Rudd. (He was her step-brother, you guys, totally not gross)

2. Stand by Me – Another late 80s legend that's still(!) available on VHS, it'll make you laugh, cry and then cry some more. Seriously, its very touching.

1. Harry Potter/ Twilight – Total cop out but we can't pick! But whether your favourite trio is Harry, Hermione and Ron or Edward, Bella and Jacob there's something totally wonderful about the way you can lose yourself in both series – and the fact that big movie studios are listening to legions of book fans and committing to bringing these huge series to life on film.

So that's our top ten, what's yours??

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