The tide is turning for the Young Adult genre as adaptations have become their own established genres. Regardless of age, gender or preferences, all of us can surely relate to the drama and obstacles that some of these protagonists face. Whether young in age or at heart, here are some of our Netflix favourites for your Young Adult fix.
Back in the 90s, Sabrina Spellman, her dry-witted cat Salem and her two wacky aunts left us spellbound. She may have faded into obscurity, but Sabrina is making a magical comeback on Netflix. Part of the Archie comics universe, everyone’s favourite teenage witch is back 18 years later – with a darker twist.
Kiss goodbye to the squeaky clean, sunshine and rainbows 90s rendition and let the new Sabrina take you on a chilling adventure. Let the witch hunt begin.
Based on the beloved Archie Comics, Archie and his friends become entangled in a dark mystery while navigating the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family. There’s a lot more to the seemingly wholesome town of Riverdale like a mysterious death, betrayal and teenage angst. Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on the Archie Comics. Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, serves as executive producer alongside collaborators Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater.
Turning 18 is usually a fun affair, but for Clary Fray, her eighteenth birthday takes an unexpected turn as she finds out that she is part of a race of demon-hunting humans who have the blood of angels. Clary is thrown into this mysterious world where she hones her powers and battles warlocks, vampires and werewolves. Thus begins her journey of self-discovery while at the same time working with her loyal friend and a narcissistic hottie to save her missing mother who was abducted by a group of rogue Shadowhunters.
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is based on the popular book series of the same name written by Cassandra Clare.
17 year old James believes he is a psychopath and satisfies his craving for death by killing animals as a hobby. He soon grows bored of it and craves killing a human. He sets his sights on a loud-mouth, rebellious classmate, Alyssa, who is struggling with some issues of her own. Befriending her to get close to her takes an unexpected turn when she proposes they run away together to escape from their turbulent familylives. What seemed to be a perfect opportunity to commit a murder turns instead into a love affair after a series of mishaps during a road trip. Or, is it all part of the murder plan?
The End of the F***ing World was nominated for the 2018 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman.
What could possibly be worse than competing against a social media ‘influencer’ for the heart of your crush? Nerdy high schooler Dani is elated when one of the school’s hottest girls, Alexa, befriends her. However her enjoyment is short lived when she finds her efforts to woo the crush of her life thwarted by his ex-girlfriend, the very same social media obsessed Alexa who absolutely cannot be trusted. #RealityHigh is a refreshing take on high-school girls gone mean and the daily struggles of romance, school and friendship in a world where hashtags rule.
When even the town you live in is called Boring, I suppose you can say that Everything Sucks. This portrait of adolescence follows a group of teenage misfits from Boring High School who decide to turn the issues they deal with everyday – sexuality, mental health, family and relationships – into a movie. Set in the 1990s, get ready for a kaleidoscopic flashback into the past where VHS and 56k modems ruled.
Everything Sucks! is created by award winning screenwriter Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan.
High schooler Zenko has had enough with her world constantly turned upside down by her classmate Ayumi, and decides to take revenge. In a morbid suicide ritual, she manages to switch bodies with Ayumi and take on everything she has – her family, her body and even her boyfriend. The real Ayumi tries to get Zenko to tell everyone the truth and reverse the effects of the switch, but Zenko – having achieved her revenge and more – is not giving in. Body switching takes on a dark and macabre turn in this Japanese Netflix original – Switched.
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