Books have a long history of being used as source material for film and TV. After the success of The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies, there was a lull where YA books weren’t used as frequently as source material. It wasn’t until these last couple of years that YA romance and fantasy books have started to gain popularity on streaming services. Which makes sense considering the amount of streaming services available has increased. YA books produced into movies haven’t always worked out for movie studios. Streaming services have done it differently. They’ve created these worlds we love by turning them into TV shows or movies we can watch from the comfort of our homes on release day.

The following are just some of the YA books streaming services have taken and brought to life.


The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

This book had a different start to its creation compared to other books on this list. This book was first published in 2010 on the popular writing site Wattpad when the writer was just fifteen years old. It was later published by Random House Children’s Books in 2012. Kissing Booth, released on Netflix in 2018 as a movie, was the rise of YA romance books being used as source material. Viewers loved being able to be transported to a time of innocent childhood love. Nothing like what viewers had grown accustomed to. It left viewers wanting for more, and Netflix didn’t disappoint.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

Just a few months after The Kissing Booth was released, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, released in 2018 on Netflix, was an instant hit. Fans fell in love with the story and were excited when they realized it was a book series. All three books saw an increase in book sales on the day Netflix released the show as well as when the next two movies, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, were released in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Netflix mostly stayed true to the source material, with only minor details being changed.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

In 2021, Netflix released the show Shadow and Bone, a YA fantasy. Fans were quick to compliment all the characters and fantastical elements being brought to life. Fans were even more excited when Netflix made the decision to not only use characters from the Shadow and Bone trilogy but to also use Bardugo’s Six of Crows—a duology that takes place in the same world but years after—characters in the series. Netflix managed to tie both series together, which was smart, considering the second season came out on March 16, 2023.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Proving that she had a track record with writing great YA romance content for TV, Jenny Han moved to Amazon Prime Video for her trilogy The Summer I Turned Pretty. Released by Prime in the summer of 2022, the show saw instant lovable success. The book trilogy saw an increase in book sales with the release. The show did have some significant changes compared to the book that didn’t make the series bad, but was a surprise to those who’d been there since the beginning. Prime wasted no time starting to film the second book, It’s Not Summer Without You, since it was released, just one year later.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Here’s a book series that’s had the Hollywood treatment before but sadly didn’t take off. Peacock took a stab at it when it released the show in September 2022. The series loosely followed the book and took material from not just the first book but also the other books in the series. Viewers didn’t know what was going to happen next, considering it wasn’t entirely following the first book. Once again, Vampire Academy proved how hard it is for YA fantasy books to succeed, as Deadline reported the show canceled in January 2023.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A bestseller in the works to be on screen is A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s currently in pre-production, and we don’t know much about the project other than the screenwriter attached to the show is Ron Moore, who’s had success in adapting the Outlander series for TV.

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