An interview with Katherine Paterson.

After not really liking the Narnia movie, I decided to put a ban on movies made from my favorite childhood books. No How to Eat Fried Worms. No Charlotte’s Web. And, after seeing the trailer, definitely no Bridge to Terabithia.

I have always thought that Bridge to Terabithia was a very special book. Part of that is because it was given to me by my aunt on my tenth (I think it was tenth) birthday, along with several other Newbery books like It’s Like This, Cat. The other reason I think it’s special is that it seems such an intimate story, not one that I have ever wanted to talk about. I wouldn’t want to spoil my own emotional response to the story by overthinking it. And I definitely wouldn’t want to see a movie that sacrifices the story of their friendship for some snazzy special effects.

This morning, I read this story on Slate about the movie, which I enjoyed very much. It links to this interview Katherine Paterson did with Christianity today, and if you were considering seeing the movie, I highly recommend you read that interview. It is excellent. She, too, calls it a “private” book, and I don’t think I can explain my feelings about it any better than that.

To be honest, her interview has almost convinced me that I might want to see the movie after all, that it’s not so bad. But I think, in the end, the images I want to keep in my head are the ones I still remember my ten-year-old self conjuring up of Leslie and Jesse in Terabithia.

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