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Before we begin, if you've missed Part 1, you can check it out HERE.

On my previous list we looked at a mix of Dystopian, Fantasy and Adventure Young Adult novels and series, all of which have sold their movie rights, and have had their movies in development for some time. Now we look at the remaining 5 books, all of which are much more unconvential and "quirky" reads. Fallen Angels? Check! Life on Mars? Check! Giant Grasshoppers? Check! This list has it all! Stay tuned!

7. Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising is a science-fiction novel from author Pierce Brown. The novel follows protagonist Darrow - a red, from the dying remnants of Earth - as he strives to save humanity, along with other Reds, by searching for a way to make Mars inhabitable. What he doesn't know is that his life's work may be for nothing, as it appears that Mars is indeed inhabitable, and humanity knows it. Living on the planet are the Golds, the elite humans who live on Mars and view the Reds as nothing more than inferior. Darrow set's out on a mission with a group of rebels to discover who the Golds really are and, if need be, eliminate their vicious rule.

Universal Pictures currently owns the movie rights, with author Pierce Brown set to write the screenplay and Marc Foster to direct. There is no word yet on a release date.

Check out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of two particularly unique recommendations that you'll find on this list, and for a variety of reasons. The debut novel of Ransom Riggs, this story follows protagonist, Jacob, who, after the tragic murder of his entire family, follows a series of clues that lead him to a Welsh Orphanage on an abandoned island. It's written using a mix of traditional text and photographs, all of which are from personal archives.

If that's not enough to make you want to read it, it's currently being made into a Feature Fantasy Film, directed by none other than Tim Burton. The film features a stellar cast, with Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney and Dame Judi Dench all apart of the film's line-up. Its release date is currently set for March, 2016 (USA).

Check out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

9. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick

Our third book continues our streak of slightly unconventional and out there reads, in that aside from a few small budget movies and a huge stint on CW's Supernatural, we've really never seen Fallen Angels on the big or little screen in a major way. Hush, Hush, a novel by Becca Fitzpatrick, follows protagonist Nora Grey, who of course falls in love with the handsome, dark and mysterious new guy in her class, Patch, who low and behold has a deep, dark secret. No he's not a Vampire, or indeed a werewolf, he's an Angel. She went and fell in love with an Angel, a fallen one mind you, and has her entire life put at risk as a result.

While the story may sound a little predictable, and I can't personally comment on it, as I have not yet read this series, my sister stakes her life on these books, and highly recommends them.

Unfortunately, this one cheats the list a little in that although LD Entertainment owned the movie rights, in July last year, author Fitzpatrick announced that she had decided NOT to renew the movie rights with LD Entertainment (who initially had them for the entire series), as she doesn't feel that now is the right time to adapt it. While she has said this isn't a definite "No, never going to happen" situation, it is a little disappointing that Hush, Hush won't be making it to the big screen anytime soon. Fallen Angels would've been the perfect departure from Vampires, Werewolves, and Dystopian adaptations.

Check out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

10. Grass Hopper Jungle - Andrew Smith

If, like me, you're afraid of insects, I apologize for the above GIF, it was necessary. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is by FAR the most weird and crazy recommendation you will find from me on this list. If you're into creature feature, sexuality confusion, post-apocalyptic, science fiction novels, then you will LOVE Grasshopper Jungle. This weird and wacky novel follows sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba, who along with his best-friend Robby, brings about the creation of an army of Giant six-foot tall, Praying Mantises. In addition to the giant insect problem, they bring to their small town of Iowa, Austin has to deal with his feelings for both his girlfriend, Shann, and best-friend Robby. Described as "stewing in a state of maximum horniness," it's ultimately up to Austin to figure out his sexuality confusion, and save the world from the insect army he helped raise.

I really don't think you can get any weirder than this, and if this sounds like something you'd like to see on the big-screen, you're in luck! Sony currently owns the movie rights to this weird and wonderful insect-fueled lust fest, with Scott Rosenberg set to write the screenplay and Edgar Wright set to direct. There's no release date yet, but honestly Wright is probably the most perfect choice for an adaptation like this. If not him then someone like Tim Burton would've been equally as brilliant.

Check out more about the book on Goodreads HERE.

11. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews

And so we come to the last entry on this list. This novel bares similarities to books like Before I Die and The Fault in Our Stars, in that it follows the same basic formula of the Young Adult Cancer Patient book, a narrative that has garnered more attention in recent years. Greg Gaines is the protagonist of this novel, a high-schooler who makes parodies of movies with his best and only friend Earl. Then, one day, his mother all but orders him to rekindle the friendship he had as a child with Rachel. The twist? Rachel has leukemia, and when she decides to stop her treatment, the boys decide to make a film of her. What follows is sure to be a thrill of a ride, similar to TFIOS and Before I Die.

The good news is, not only is the book popular with readers, it's already been made into a movie. Due for release, June 12th, (yes, THIS month!), the movie stars Thomas Mann in the titular role as Gregg, with RJ Cyler as Earl, and Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke as the "dying girl" Rachel.

Check out the trailer below!

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this actually looks better than The Fault in Our Stars. I won't say it looks better then Before I Die because I read that book as a teenager and thus have a deep attachment to it.

So that concludes the recommendations. If you'd like to know more about these books, check them out on Goodreads (links are all throughout the article), and if you've missed or would like to check out Part 1 of this article, featuring the Fantasy, Adventure and Dystopian novels you can check that out HERE.

Information on upcoming adaptations sourced from Goodreads, Moviefone and Pop Sugar!


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