battle of the YA adaptation movie stars

We always see the same faces representing the book-to-screen adaptations of YA books.  Are there only three teenagers in Hollywood?  It inspired me to do a fun blog post – because why not procrastinate during Nanowrimo? – comparing the different actors who Hollywood decides is the teenager of the day.  I’ll be averaging out the Rotten Tomatoes critics scores for all their movies and declaring a winner!

My rules for inclusion: Unless the actor is the star of a franchise, they must have starred in more than one adaptation. I include a few movies based on middle-grade books, but only if the actor has been in one movie based on a YA book.  I also include adult titles with YA appeal, but also only if the actor has been in one movie based on a YA book.  I did not include comic books.  Also, all the images are from IMDB.

Ladies first!

Alexis Bledel PictureAlexis Bledell (67.666)

  • Tuck Everlasting (61)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (77)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (65)

 

Olivia Cooke PictureOlivia Cooke (76.5)

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (81)
  • Ready Player One (72)

 

Zoey Deutch Picture

Zoey Deutsch (64)

  • Beautiful Creatures (47)
  • Vampire Academy (17)
  • Before I Fall (64)

Anne Hathaway Picture

Anne Hathaway (43.25)

  • The Princess Diaries (47)
  • Ella Enchanted (50)
  • The Princess Diaries 2 : Royal Engagement (25)
  • Alice in Wonderland (51)

Jennifer Lawrence PictureJennifer Lawrence (77.75)

  • The Hunger Games (84)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (89)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (68)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (70)

Mandy Moore Picture

Mandy Moore (37)

  • The Princess Diaries (47)
  • How to Deal (combines 2 Sarah Dessen books) (27)

 

Chloë Grace Moretz PictureChloe Grace Moretz (56.6)

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (53)
  • Hugo (93)
  • If I Stay (35)
  • The 5th Wave (16)
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post (86)

Sophie Nélisse Picture

Sophie Nelisse (55.5)

  • The Book Thief (46)
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins (65)

 

Angourie Rice PictureAngourie Rice (69.5)

  • Jasper Jones (76)
  • Every Day (63)

 

AnnaSophia Robb PictureAnnaSophia Robb (66.833)

  • Because of Winn-Dixie (55)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (82)
  • Bridge to Terabithia (85)
  • Soul Surfer (46)
  • The Carrie Diaries (TV series) (81)
  • Down a Dark Hall (52)

Saoirse Ronan PictureSaoirse Ronan (40.75)

  • City of Ember (54)
  • The Lovely Bones (32)
  • The Host (9)
  • How I Live Now (68)
  • Little Women (in production)

Amandla Stenberg PictureAmandla Stenberg (60.75)

  • The Hunger Games (84)
  • Everything, Everything (46)
  • The Darkest Minds (17)
  • The Hate U Give (96)

Kristen Stewart PictureKristen Stewart (39.6)

  • Speak (no score)
  • Twilight (49)
  • Twilight: New Moon (28)
  • Twilight: Eclipse (48)
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (24)
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (49)

Emma Watson PictureEmma Watson (94)

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (80)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (82)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (90)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (88)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (77)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (84)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (78)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (96)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (85)
  • Little Women (in production)

Mae Whitman PictureMae Whitman (78)

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (85)
  • The DUFF (71)

 

Shailene Woodley PictureShailene Woodley (50.8)

  • The Spectacular Now (92)
  • Divergent (41)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (80)
  • Insurgent (29)
  • Allegiant (12)

The winner is: Emma Watson!  She had both the most movies based on YA books, and the highest average rating.

In the men’s category:

Jamie Campbell Bower PictureJamie Campbell Bower (38.4)

  • Twilight: New Moon (28)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (78)
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (24)
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (49)
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (13)
  • Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

Matt Dillon PictureMatt Dillon (73.666)

  • Tex (85)
  • The Outsiders (64)
  • Rumble Fish (72)

 

Ansel Elgort PictureAnsel Elgort (43.8)

  • Divergent (41)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (80)
  • Insurgent (29)
  • Paper Towns (57)
  • Allegiant (12)

Josh Hutcherson PictureJosh Hutcherson (74.285)

  • Howl’s Moving Castle (voice) (87)
  • Bridge to Terabithia (85)
  • Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (37)
  • The Hunger Games (84)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (89)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (68)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (70)

Logan Lerman PictureLogan Lerman (50.75)

  • Hoot (26)
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (49)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (85)
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (43)

 

Thomas Mann PictureThomas Mann (62)

  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story (58)
  • Beautiful Creatures (47)
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (81)

 

Dylan O'Brien PictureDylan O’Brien (51.333)

  • The Maze Runner (65)
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (46)
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure (43)

 

Robert Pattinson PictureRobert Pattinson (47.666)

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (88)
  • Twilight (49)
  • Twilight: New Moon (28)
  • Twilight: Eclipse (48)
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (24)
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (49)

Alex Pettyfer PictureAlex Pettyfer (29.333)

  • Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (35)
  • I Am Number Four (33)
  • Beastly (20)

 

Nick Robinson PictureNick Robinson (51.333)

  • The 5th Wave (16)
  • Everything, Everything (46)
  • Love, Simon (92)
  • Weetzie Bat (pre-production)

 

Justice Smith PictureJustice Smith (60)

  • Paper Towns (57)
  • Every Day (63)
  • All the Bright Places (in production)

 

Miles Teller PictureMiles Teller (43.5)

  • The Spectacular Now (92)
  • Divergent (41)
  • Insurgent (29)
  • Allegiant (12)

 

Nat Wolff PictureNat Wolff (68.5)

  • The Fault in Our Stars (80)
  • Paper Towns (57)

 

 

And the winner is: Josh Hutcherson!  He very narrowly beat out Matt Dillon in critics’ scores, and had just one more movie than both Robert Pattinson and Jame Campbell Bower.

This was a fun little procrastination activity.  I learned that the actors who I thought were over-representing YA in the movies are even more represented!  Did I miss anyone?

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