The State Of The YA Adaptation (feat. Krystie Yandoli)
Forget John Hughes and Freddie Prinze, Jr.! 2018 was a watershed year for high school movies as Hollywood has turned to best-selling YA novels to inform the future of “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Sixteen Candles.” In this episode, Chance and Noah apply their maybe too lofty standards to “The Hate U Give,” “Love, Simon” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
The guys break down all the racial fairy tales, internet hate crimes and the sex appeal of Peter Kavinsky, plus we welcome BuzzFeed reporter Krystie Yandoli to give some context about the production controversies behind “The Hate U Give” and shout out other YA material that’s not afraid to get political. Sometimes didactic and nonsensical, but always entertaining, this genre is certainly ripe for reappraisal by two white, heterosexual men 10 years removed from high school.
Finally, read the latest in Krystie Yandoli’s “Hate U Give” reporting here.
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Be Reel is a movie reviewing & reappraising podcast hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard.
Each time out, we select three movies based around a genre and call up guests ranging from submarine captains to Oscar winners. Then, we rate the movies, weighing both technical quality and entertainment.
Noah and Chance are old friends who mostly respect each other’s opinions. Even though Chance is a fool and a traitor. Find their show presented at ThePlaylist.Net and follow them on Twitter for the latest on Noah’s literary agenting and Chance’s work in the Portland arts scene.