I think that is as much a personal thing as it is to do with the movies: I just plain like reading anything, much better. I can flip back and re-read. I can spend as much or as little time on a passage as I need to. I can put the book down and process for as long as I need to. Even with instructional materials, I'll fight you to be able to read it rather than watch a video clip.
It's not that movies show things in a way I didn't imagine, but that I don't actually imagine a full-color illustrated world of the books I read. I don't quite know how to explain it, but it's true. So when I see a movie, it puts pictures in my mind...where there really weren't pictures before. And then, I can never escape them. Harry Potter and his crew are always going to look the way they do in movies, now.
Also, the current way of making movies causes me severe sensory overload. Most movies (and ALL trailers) require that I shut my eyes to get through them). Too much in the way of juddering images and explosions and flipping from one part of the scene to another just drives me crazy.
So, as I anticipate the new Wrinkle in Time movie...the book that has shaped my theology and worldview since 1973, written by my all-time favorite author...my primary emotion is not excitement, but dread.
I saw the trailer today. Mr. Murry lecturing about the Divine? That's not quite right. And collapsing mountains? where'd that come from? Are they going to use the amazing dialogue L'Engle provided, or are they ignoring it?
I want so much to see and love this movie. I'm thrillled about the opportunity for so many people to be introduced to this story and to Madeleine L'Engle, who was truly ahead of her time. And I'm very, very hesitant to even try.
What do you think? Do books change for you once you see a movie based on them? How does that feel to you?