This post by Jennifer Flaten
We are a family of readers. We all have our favorite genres, but every once in a while a few of us, or all of us, read the same book.
Between the five of us, I think we’ve read the Harry Potter series about ten times. My son and I have read the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and the girls have read several of the same books.
Even my husband and I read the same books…although I usually find the book first and nag…errr gently encourage my husband to read the book so I have someone to talk to about it.
Whatever configuration of us that is reading the same book can be counted on to break into an impromptu book club. I can’t tell you how happy I am that my kids can find a book so engaging, mesmerizing, puzzling, annoying or stupid that they want to TALK about it.
Naturally, when a book we’ve read is turned into a movie we want to see it. Sometimes we see the movie so many times I want to ban it from the house. Go ahead; ask me if we own Harry Potter…we do the complete DVD set.
Anyway, this is how I found myself in the theatre at 10am on a spring break Thursday watching Divergent.
My son, actually, is the one who first picked up Divergent. He liked it so much, he insisted (really insisted) that I read it. I read it and liked it. So, now he and I are eagerly anticipating reading books two and three. We just have to get them from the library, currently we are 134 on the wait list. I will probably crack and buy them…but don’t tell my son that.
The girls weren’t too sure about seeing the movie without reading the book. I told them not to worry because sometimes it is better to see the movie without reading the book. Otherwise, you spend the whole movie either anticipating key scenes or pouting that your favorite scene has been deleted or rewrote to the point of not making sense. Both of which I did during the movie.
Don’t worry I am not going to review the movie here, but with that said, I will say it is a long movie. The longest movie I’ve sat through in a while. In all fairness, we go to a lot of animated movies, which always have short run times. I could have reread the entire book in the movie’s run time. So if you go be prepared to sit for the long haul.
Everyone enjoyed the movie, but of the girls, who didn’t read the book, one now wants to read the book(s), the other has no intention of reading the book(s).
So how about you, do you go to movie versions of books you haven’t read?