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Movie Preview: Bridge to Terabithia

The young adolescent novel Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a wondrous and poignant tale of friendship, loyalty, and imagination. I read it several times over as a kid, and it still has a place in my heart. So it was exciting to see that there is a film version of the book coming out in February, though I'm not sure how I feel about the special effects-heavy trailer.

As cool as computer animation and special effects are these days, there is also much to enjoy in the story of the two friends, how close they become, the lessons they learn, how much they come to cherish one another. Paterson's novel is a subtle and tender work, and it's good to bring the title into everyone's awareness. I just hope the film is respectful to the work and avoids simply capitalizing on the surge of interest in recent years in children's fantasy worlds coming to life through fancy technical effects (a la Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia). Regardless, I'll probably still go see it. What do you guys think? Did you read this book as a kid?

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kelsen kelsen 10 years
I loved this book. I cried...it was the first "real" book I remember reading when I was young. I have some reservations about the movie. I loved how Narnia and the Harry Potter movies turned out, but they stayed pretty true to the original story. So far, "Bridge" looks like it may have gone a little overboard with the special effects.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
Yah, that's a great book...I'll have to read it again before the movie comes out though...
Autumn87 Autumn87 10 years
I loved this book when I was little...made me cry like a baby, lol.
KWM KWM 10 years
OMG - This book tramatized me when I was little. So sad! I don't even remember what happened, I just remember it being really sad. I can't wait for the movie!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
I loved this book as a kid. I remember crying for days at the ending. I am looking forward to this one.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
A MOVIE!!!!!!!! omg I can't wait!
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