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Thank you, David. I spent a lot of time the past few years as a
homeschooling mom doing this for our friends' children; most of them saw the
movies before reading the books. Our daughter knew the story well before she
could read, so our family discussions were a little easier, although no less
My purely unprofessional, unscientific and anecdotal report on Readers vs.
Filmgoers is that in our neighborhood, the split is almost even. These are
13-16 year-old kids, deeply immersed in fantasy literature (most of them far
more than I am), but still pretty young to read Tolkien. The ones who tend
to be more serious and are readers, read the books as soon as they are able.
Others see the movies, and give up on the books because they are harder work
than just seeing the movies. To add to the unreliability, my sample group is
about ten to twelve in number <g>.
I don't like being elitist. I have always been a reader, so I tend to enjoy
stories that way more. But I wonder myself how many of these children find
it too easy to turn to a movie or video instead of sticking to the book in
order to get the treasure, just because the movie is available. I know
Tolkien certainly sharpened my reading skills as a youngster.