I have a strong policy of reading a book before I see the movie version. I think this is mostly because I don't want the book, which I am bound to like better, to be spoiled. Or maybe because I want to make my own mind up about what The characters and sets would look like without Hollywood's interference.
I thought I would keep this policy for my kids as well. I dreamt of reading Harry Potter to them and then watching the movies and picking through inconsistencies.
But it turns out my kids don't want to wait. Best laid plans and all...
A lovely friend sent the kids some books and we have loved delving into them. One of the books is a Chronicles of Narnia workbook, and my son is fascinated with the lion, the shields, the train, everything! He wants to watch the movie, and I happen to have a DVD, while my book is being loaned out.
So it looks like Friday night will be spent with popcorn in front of the tv watching The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. On one hand I'm sad my rule is out the window and on the other I am very hopeful that my kids will love Narnia as much as I do.
Do you watch movies or read the books first? Or does it not matter, as long as they are good?