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Movies Motivate Reading

The book is always better than the movie, right?

movie seats

Whenever I’m on the fence about picking up a book, I’ll watch the movie first and see if the story interests me. After all, the time commitment is a lot less with a two hour movie than the hours it takes to read.

But the book IS always better. With layers of meaning, levels of emotion and depth of character you can’t find in a movie, books give you the best story experience, in my opinion, being a writer I’m all about the books!

I decided the best thing to do for this post is to find lists of books that have been made into movies and let you decide, which is better, movie or book?  Also, this can be a great way to motivate a reluctant reader. Movie first, book second? Book first, movie second? It’s up to you!

Lists of Books made into Movies:

Top Ten list of movies for Tweens and Teens

Wiki list of Comics made into movies (please note, some of these movies are not meant for a young audience). This is a list of comics that have been made into movies. While some of these are not appropriate for young viewers, there are a large number of movies here that will appeal to reluctant readers who choose to read graphic novels and comics.

A MI library’s list of children’s books made into movies

A short list from Common Sense Media with age appropriate notation

For those who like pictures here’s TimeOut-NY Kids photo list of kid’s books adapted to movies

A couple movies I’m looking forward to:

Ender’s Game (trailer) – by Orson Scott Card is one of my all time favorite science fiction novels and I am very excited to see the movie version. A brilliant book, this article discusses separation of the artist from the work and a bit about the controversy surrounding the author’s views which are not a part of his book.


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – This movie is not getting the best reviews, but it did prompt my 10 yr old neighbor to take out of the library, all the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. It’s on my “to see” list because I love all of Rick Riordan’s novels and I love the visual appeal of his stories on the big screen.

I hope these movie lists help you choose your next family movie night and spur a reading marathon before or after.

The book is always better!

Happy Watching and Reading!

How about you? Is your favorite movie missing from the lists? Do you have a favorite book that you would like to see made into a movie?

AnshaKotykAnsha Kotyk has always loved watching cool movies in her spare time. They help her to imagine awesome new story ideas for her books.

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