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5 Young Adult Series That Deserved (Way) Better Cinematic Introductions

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5. I Am Number Four (2011)

I-AM-NUMBER-FOUR

In all honesty, I Am Number Four is actually a pretty decent stand-alone film. Does it stick to the book? Not entirely. But, the characters were fairly close to what I imagined when I read the first book, and the film itself was enjoyable (plus, Timothy Olyphant had a nice chunk of screen time). The biggest problem with this film adaptation though, from my perception, was that it was made too early.

When you look at novels that have successfully made the transition to the big screen, the one thing they seem to have in common – besides either being supernatural (which I Am Number Four satisfies) or set in a dystopian society – is that they are all completed works. You can run to the bookstore (yes, that’s still a thing!) and pick up the books in their entirety, and find out how things are supposed to go (unlike series which are adapted for television and are only loosely based on the original books). The I Am Number Four series is still being written and that may very well have been its downfall – not enough time to establish a sufficient fan-base.

Aside from that, the variations from the source material only acted to enhance it for a cinematic audience and make it flow more smoothly. There easily could have been a second film based on where the first one ended, and maybe one day when the novels are all written, someone will try again.

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The Author

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.

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