I grew up with this movie. Really, I can’t remember when I first read the books. A few of them I read with my dad, got super tired of it and found it boring, and we stopped reading them. I’ve actually never finished the series or read anything past the first three.
However, I love the movies. I watched a really old version almost every year in school. (No clue why. But that’s what we did in grade school.) Then, I have an amazing memory of when the “newer” version came out in 2005. That year, my mom, dad, and I went to London around Christmas. Yes, we went to London. One of the things we did was go to (if I remember correctly) Picadilly Circus. In the streets, there was this amazing carnival. I was about nine, so I just remember being in awe. Snow everywhere. Games. My dad won me a stuffed bear.
Then we went to a beautiful and big movie theater and watched this movie. In London. Around Christmas.
It’s a fantastic memory that I cherish.
However, the book? It’s meh. It’s okay. It really shows how old it is with the dialogue. Update the dialogue and it would be a lot better. Also, add in some action since it’s all glanced over and never really elaborated on.
So, for me, the movie is way better.