Many people are quick to whine about the poor quality of film adaptations of books; oftentimes before they see even one frame of film. SF/F fans are a fickle and hard to please bunch and, true, many adaptations are not true to the original work for reasons Michael Cassutt explains quite nicely. But I’m coming to realize there’s at least one benefit of movie adaptations: promoting reading in children.
Over the last year or so, there have been several movie adaptations that my daughter has seen and liked enough to spark interest in the source material. (While her reading level isn’t quite up to the book, her old man is more than happy to spend the time and read it to her – yet another positive effect.) It started with The Iron Giant and continued with Kiki’s Delivery Service and Holes. Both the films and the books for these stories were fantastic. We enjoyed both versions very much.
It would be nice, of course, if the love of the book could come first. Last week was the first step in that direction. We read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Needless to say, she’s excited about the release of the movie in two weeks. We just finished watching the 10 minute trailer that Tivo caught for us. (We love you, Tivo!)