What can a parent do?
Our 11-year-old wants to read all the newest novels just like all her (older) friends do?
So, we read The Hunger Games trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And we are reading The Hobbit, again, in preparation for the December, 2013 release of the Desolation of Smaug.
However, there is a very big difference between reading a novel and watching a movie. The reading involves the reader’s imagination: in this case an eleven year old imagination. But the movie presents the very fertile imagination of a seasoned director and talented performers.
Then, it is not a question of could. It is a question of whether she should watch all the movies adapted from the books she read?
Well, we just watched The Hunger Games (the movie) with our oldest and I have to admit that I sat at the edge of the seat the whole time for fear of a negative reaction.
She love it!
We spent the next hour comparing notes with the open book over our laps. She was very thankful for one change in the movie compared to the book: the mutts were not visible due to the director’s choice of filming this part in the dark. It would have been very scary to see the faces of the dead tributes on the mutts!
One down! Many more miles to go…
For now, we are looking forward to re-reading Catching Fire.
New rule: I read and/or watch everything in advance!