Why Movies Make Readers

When a book becomes a movie, a child's relationship to the page does not have to suffer. Quite the opposite

My favorite scene in Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone happens off-camera. It involves a supporting cast of concerned adults who decry the fact that a pretty good movie was made from a terrific book. Somehow the success of the Harry Potter movie is used as evidence that a bunch of muggles are ruining their children's ability to imagine for themselves what happens inside a book or tainting their desire to ever pick one up. Soon enough, the thinking goes, our kids will be terminal couch potatoes, unable to conjure up anything more adventurous than an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond....

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