17 November 2012 3:04 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The last of the “Twilight” movies has now reached theatres, and “Catching Fire,” the second book in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy, is in production.  But Hollywood is by no means finished making movies about powerful teenagers. At least a dozen young adult novels – featuring girls who must fight werewolves, vanquish evil angels, discover why they are immortal, evade cannibals and, in one case, fall in love with a shape-shifting tiger -- have been scooped up by major studios and minor production companies.  What makes these young adult novels even more alluring is the fact that their audience is not limited to teenagers. They are avidly read by large numbers of adult women. This week, director Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man”) and Good Universe, a financing and production company formed last May, grabbed the rights to “Angelfall,” in which angels of the apocalypse create havoc on earth and »


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