Movies get kids in books

Published 12:22 am Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I bet librarians across the country are lovin’ it these days.

Why, one might ask? I believe it’s because movie marquees are proof-positive it is, once again, cool to read.

Smart people know it’s always been cool to read, but sometimes the younger generation needs reminding that it’s OK to lose yourself in tales of a distant realm or galaxy. Shoot, sometimes a girl just needs a little romance in her life. So at this point, I will confess I read the whole Twilight series, and sometimes – just sometimes – I pick one up and start again at some random part just because it’s fun. Take my advice though, avoid The Host. It’s just bad.

Back to the subject at hand, I give all the credit to Harry Potter – he’s the man. He’s the one that pulled this generation of kids away from the video games into the library, and then, the whole family into the movie theater. I personally didn’t enjoy the series, but hey, to each his (or her) own.

Then came Percy Jackson, Bella Swan and Katniss Everdeen. The list can go on and on. And I, quite frankly, am loving it – not only for myself, but also for the children discovering the love of a good read.

After the success of the Twilight series and then the Hunger Games movie, I knew it wouldn’t be long before Hollywood continued to capitalize on things.

Just wait. Coming soon to a theater near you will be “Ender’s Game,” “The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones,” and my new favorite, “Divergent.”

Unfortunately, a lot of children see reading as a chore instead of a pleasure, and I hate that. But, if it takes a kid going to the movies to become a better reader, I’m all for that.

The best way to get kids reading more is to give them books that will make them ask for more.

I know this is true because the other day, Mr. Man and I went out for the lunch, and I was stopped with “I know you’re daughter” comment from a teenage girl. Some how I’ve progressed into being someone’s mom when I go out in public these days, but she went on to explain how the two of them went to school together.

“She’s quiet, and she’s always got her nose in a book,” the pretty girl said.

“I know,” I said proudly. “She loves to read. I think that’s what makes her so smart.”

And now that I think of it, it means her mom kind of smart, too, for letting her slide on doing the dishes as long as she had her nose in a book.

Now to remind her we can go watch “Catching Fire” for her birthday. For all you muggles, that’s the second book in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, not Hunger Games part 2.