You can be considered a young adult from as early as 18 years old – but did you know that you could still be classified as one all the way until 39? Depending on the classification criteria used, a person can be considered a young adult from 18 to anywhere from 35 to 39. Jennifer Lawrence herself was just 21 when she first starred in The Hunger Games, although she had already been taking on mainstream roles (like Mystique in X-Men: First Class) even before that.

That’s why young adult (YA) films appeal to such a large crowd – it’s a very broad age group they’re targeting! YA films also usually have all the elements of good drama – like an underdog fighting against overwhelming odds, a poignant coming-of-age story, and an epic romance that blossoms despite everything. YA couple pairings have some of the largest fandoms online – especially when there’s more than one pairing to choose from!

So which is your favourite onscreen YA couple? We’ve listed some of the most popular ones here – are there any we’ve missed out?


1. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) from the Hunger Games series

Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) from the Hunger Games film series. Credit: HD Wallpapers

Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) from the Hunger Games film series. Credit: HD Wallpapers

Ah, Peeta. If you’re a Hunger Games fan, then you’ll remember that Peeta was the poor dude-in-distress who was constantly being rescued by Katniss. And unlike many other YA couples, it wasn’t love at first sight for the two. Katniss and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) seemed to have a thing for each other at first, and who could blame her? We’d pick Liam Hemsworth over Josh Hutcherson any day.

But true love prevailed, and eventually, Katniss and Peeta had their happily ever after with two kids. In fact, their relationship resonated so much with audiences (read: teachers) that the original Hunger Games novel was even used as a set text for Literature in Singapore Chinese Girls School!

If you’ve been trying to ship their names together, you’ll have realised that Katta (Katniss + Peeta) doesn’t quite work – so the more viable alternative would be Katniss + Peeta, ie Peeniss.

Nope, Hutcherson wasn’t amused by Peeniss either.


2. Quentin (Nat Wolff) and Margo (Cara Delevingne) from Paper Towns

Quentin (Nat Wolff) and Margo (Cara Delevingne) from Paper Towns. Credit: Lynnipulse

Quentin (Nat Wolff) and Margo (Cara Delevingne) from Paper Towns. Credit: Lynnipulse

Admittedly, Quentin (or “Q”) and Margo have more of an imaginary relationship than an actual one in Paper Towns. The plot of the film revolves Margo’s disappearance and Quentin’s journey to find her. As he investigates, he finds out that she’s left clues behind as to where she went. He (erroneously) assumes that Margo left the clues for Quentin to find out of love, but her clues were actually meant to show him that he was safe. That’s all.

Friendzoned. Ouch.

We can’t help but be touched by Quentin’s earnestness, though Margo’s RBF doesn’t help her cause. Still, it would have been nice to see them have a happily ever after.


3. Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) in The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars sees YA fan favourite actress Shailene Woodley playing terminal cancer victim Hazel Grace alongside Ansel Elgort. They fall in love, but a dramatic twist of events sees the most unexpected thing happening to their romance.

Gus is irritatingly smarmy in his whole “I put a cigarette in my mouth but I don’t light it” habit, but it’s the fact that their relationship gives Hazel Grace renewed hope, a change of heart in her circumstances, and the chance to love again that makes them so sweet together.

But we’ve got to say this – Gus, you’ve got an expensive habit.


2. Lou (Emilia Clarke) and Will (Sam Claflin) in Me Before You

Lou (Emilia Clarke) and Will (Sam Claflin) in Me Before You. Credit: YouTube

Lou (Emilia Clarke) and Will (Sam Claflin) in Me Before You. Credit: YouTube

If you’re wondering why Sam Claflin looks so stiff as Will in Me Before You, that’s because he is stiff – in the sense that he’s paralysed (get your mind out of the gutter, it’s not that sort of stiffness) from the neck down thanks to a horrific accident. Daenerys Targaryen Qi’ra Lou somehow becomes his caregiver (because Will is not only handsome, but incredibly rich), and they fall in love despite all odds. Then the odds go against them, and… we’re not about to spoil the movie for you.

It’s not just a tale of unlikely love, but a story of how people can change in spite of their circumstances. They don’t get a happy ending though (okay so we’re sort of spoiling it), so the film might be a bit of a tearjerker for you.


2. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) in the Divergent series 

Shailene Woodley shot to fame with her breakout role as Tris in Divergent. Unfortunately, the romance of Tris and Four in the Divergent series has got to be the biggest film tease of all time, because we’re never going to see how it all ends (at least, not on the big screen). So what happened was that the Divergent series was originally a trilogy, but the studio tried to stretch the third instalment into a two-parter. Part One didn’t do as well as planned, so Part Two of the third movie, Divergent: Ascendant, was cancelled. It might come back to life as a television movie, but the original actors won’t be reprising their parts.

It’s a little sad though, given how the first film depicted their romance (and the subsequent consummation) as a coming-of-age story for Tris. But… if the film trilogy were to follow the novels, we’re not going to see a happy ending for poor Tris, even if we did get a fourth film.


1. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) in the Maze Runner series

Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) in the Maze Runner series. Credit: Popsugar

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) in the Maze Runner series. Credit: Popsugar

If you’re a YA film fan, then you’ll know that the Maze Runner film series is the best one. It adapts three novels into three films (so no shameless cash grabs in trying to drag the third movie out into two parts), it’s got action and adventure, a good-looking and racially diverse cast, and the romance of star-crossed lovers Thomas and Teresa.

The pair keep getting torn apart and reunited, but the biggest surprise that broke our hearts was when Teresa was revealed as a (spoiler) traitor (spoiler) at the end of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Thomas’ heart broke too, and it broke again multiple times in Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Their love was never meant to be, but we were happy while it lasted.

Adrift. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Adrift. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin return as Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp in Adrifta tale of adventure and romance. The couple set off for the ocean on what they think is just an ordinary day, only to be caught in one of the worst storms ever known. In the aftermath of the storm they find themselves lost at sea, and Tami has to struggle to keep a badly wounded Richard alive… as well as dealing with the horrible truth about what happened on the boat.

Based on the bestselling novel Red Sky at Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at SeaAdrift brings together two popular YA talents in a harrowing tale of love and loss.

Will Tami and Richard ever get back to land? What is the terrible secret that awaits her? Will this YA couple actually have a happy ending?

Find out if they ever get back to shore, or if they will stay Adrift forever.


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