Readers Write

Movies-to-Books Experience
Readers Write

Movies-to-Books Experience

Anticipating the release of the movie based on her book The Giver, Lois Lowry reminded us that a reader’s experience of a book is not the same as the story told in movie form. Lois got us thinking about books becoming movies and movies becoming books and the experience of it all.

In this month’s Readers Write, we asked: If you see the movie first, do you read the book after you’ve seen the movie? Do you read books created from a movie? What movies-to-books have you read? Tell us about your experience. […]

Compelling Parent Figures in Literature
Readers Write

Compelling Parent Figures in Literature

Parents influence their kids, their friends, other parents, other parents’ kids. What parents do or don’t do in literature impacts readers, too. From entertaining to self-sacrificing, overbearing to absent, parent figures in literature can change your view of a story, and maybe even your view of parenting! In this month’s Reader’s Write, we asked: Which literary parent figure is most compelling to you, and why? […]

Who Would You Invite to Dinner?
Readers Write

Who Would You Invite to Dinner?

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

The right dinner guest can make an evening meal more entertaining and, sometimes, even provide life lessons for a family. Sarah Smiley decided to invite a different person to dinner each week for the year her Navy husband was deployed. But it was the night she and her three young sons were unexpectedly invited to dine with a couple at an assisted living center that made her realize how much a dinner invitation can change the way you see the world. […]