Vampires and Deadly Games: The Unfortunate Shift in Teen Movies

L.M. Magalas

Canadian-born L.M. Magalas has a universal love of movies that started when her grandfather had her watch The Searchers at the age of thirteen. Since then she's made a habit of watching any movie that is not nailed down, although she tends to avoid gory horror movies whenever possible. She is also an animated movie fan and loves anything by Hayao Miyazaki. She finds it difficult to find anyone willing to play Scene It with her. She's also a writer and yearly NaNoWriMo participant. Her favourite movie is the original Twelve Angry Men.

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  • Amber (@tmi_institute)

    As an adult, an avid reader of YA Novels and a blogger for a Mortal Instruments fansite (@tmi_institute on Twitter), I think it’s fantastic these movies are being made. There are also other non-supernatural films made like Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I think is one of the best overall movies of 2012. Why was that not mentioned? The ensemble of Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller was phenomonal. Also, their is a John Green Book-to-film adaptation coming out soon.

    Yes, these urban fantasy books like TMI will attract scores of fans when the movie releases next August, but there will be scores of teens and adults reading the books from now on. I think movies like Twilight, Hunger Games and TMI encourage readers to check out the novels. These movie studios work hand in hand with the authors and publishing companies to make a great product. I’m proud to be a fan.

    Finally, don’t get so trapped in Buffy/Angel lore! Lol, I was a teen/early 20s when those were on, and I find new takes on angels, demons, and vampires refreshing. We’d still have an ugly old vampire with fangs and a cloak if it wasn’t for Anne Rice. She brought about a sexier vamp. If not for her, Buffy wouldn’t have had hot vamps to fight!

    • http://www.filmequals.com/ L.M. Magalas

      The primary difficulty I have with the teen film industry now is that there is very little time between the production of the novel and the release of the film. While I agree that the releasing of the film has its benefits for the popularity of the book, I also feel that the book itself should be appreciated in its own right first. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the perfect example. The novel has been out for the last twelve years. It has its own fans. Now, fans of the movie and fans of the novel will have two different forms of being able to appreciate the same thing.

      You’re also right in pointing out that students will be picking up the books once they hear that the movie is coming out. But as an avid reader as well as a teacher, I can assure you that buying them and reading them are two different things. Most of the time the student is just so excited to pick up the book that everyone is talking about in school that they forget to actually read it. I’ve seen enough students become interested in a book because the film is coming out only to put it down and decide to “wait for the movie instead”. Most of them also become confused with which story is which, since they all seem to have dark, supernatural or dystopian elements to them.

      I’m interested to see what the upcoming release of “The Great Gatsby” does for all those YA readers, most of whom have to read the novel in high school. Hopefully that film has everyone heading for the bookstore too.