8 Young Adult Fantasy Movies That Were a Critical Flop
Ever since Harry Potter became a worldwide movie phenomenon, Hollywood studios have rushed to purchase the rights to popular young adult fiction, in the hopes that these books will become profitable movies. While audiences should be thankful that studios are looking for original source material instead of churning out sequels, (A trailer for the Fast and the Furious 17 could be a possibility in the distant future) not every book will translate into cinematic gold. Here is a list of some of the most poorly reviewed young adult fantasy/sci-fi fiction books to ever hit the big screen.
1. The Host
Released in 2013, The Host centers on a young girl fighting an invisible alien army. Based on the book, most literary critics concluded it would be a dreck of a movie. And they were right. The nebulous plot line, thinly sketched characters, and nonsensical plot twists were all factors in this film flopping. The film was based on the book from Stephanie Meyer (of Twilight fame).The film grossed 48,227,001- just barely making back it’s budget. The IMDB rating was 5.7. Drubbed by the critics, this movie only garnered a 9 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. Beautiful Creatures
With stars like Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons in the film, it was assumed that critics would be fawning over this coming of age story about a young witch or ” castor”. Unfortunately, the gothic campiness did not resonate with some critics who were unimpressed with the pacing of the film and thought the conclusion of the film veered into silliness. The film, released in 2013, was based on the popular book written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film received a 46 percent on rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It had an IMDB rating of 6.1 per cent.