With The Hunger Games hitting cinemas on March 23, Digital Spy takes a look at the hits and misses of teen lit-to-screen translations.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
JK Rowling's stories were already a literary phenomenon when Warner Bros snapped up the rights to the Harry Potter series. Daniel Radcliffe found himself cast as the eponymous wizard for the debut movie outing, which was helmed by Home Alone director Chris Columbus.
Production budget: $125 million
Worldwide box office takings: $974 million
Verdict: HIT! - The biggest ever movie franchise is born
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
CS Lewis's fantasy tale had already been around for more than five decades when Disney mounted this lavish adaptation. Narnia's seven-book series meant there was plenty of material for Hollywood to produce sequels.
Production budget: $180 million
Worldwide box office takings: $745 million
Verdict: HIT! - But the series ran out of steam with the release of third instalment Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Christopher Paolini penned this popular fantasy novel when he was just 15, and 20th Century Fox picked up the series hoping to mount a fresh young adult movie franchise. Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Rachel Weisz joined the cast to lend some gravitas to the film.
Production budget: $100 million
Worldwide box office takings: $249 million
Verdict: MISS! - A lukewarm response from US audiences meant that sequel Eldest never got off the ground
The Golden Compass (2007)
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy tackled ambitious themes such as philosophy and theology, but still found a huge audience in the literary world. Chris Weitz brought the world of dæmons and parallel worlds to the screen with Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman and Dakota Blue Richards in the all-star cast.
Production budget: $180 million
Worldwide box office takings: $372 million
Verdict: MISS! - A weak performance from the film in the US left Pullman's Materials trilogy unrealised on the big screen
Stephenie Meyers's romantic tale of an awkward high-schooler who falls for a handsome vampire was seen as a gamble by many in movieland. MTV even dropped the project before it was scooped up by Summit and director Catherine Hardwicke. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson became household names as they took on the roles of Bella and Edward.
Production budget: $37 million
Worldwide box office takings: $392 million
Verdict: HIT! - The beginning of a four-film saga that turned its stars into household names
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
20th Century Fox turned to Harry Potter veteran Chris Columbus when it came to turning Rick Riordan's adventure novel The Lightning Thief into a movie. A well-stocked cast of rising young stars (Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson) and established thesps (Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman) brought this fantasy tale to life.
Production budget: $95 million
Worldwide box office takings: $226 million
Verdict: HIT! - Just. A follow-up, The Sea of Monsters, is in the works. Does this franchise have legs, though?
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