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Old 02-20-2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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Bridge to Terabithia

OK, any of you who haven't read the book and are planning to take your kids I am going to post a spoiler here. If you want to be surprised, stop reading now!







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So, one of the main characters DIES!!! The girl DIES! I was so taken aback. I was really enjoying the movie til then and totally didn't see it coming! We don't take the girls out to movies all that often (too danged expensive!) so none of us were really too happy with THAT little twist. Sheesh. Wish someone had warned me.

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Old 02-20-2007, 03:36 PM   #2
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I heard that as well, Alix. Bummer that they would do that! Same goes for the Eragon movie - a few of my kid's friends saw it and were horrified that they changed the story and also killed off one main character.
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:55 PM   #3
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I took my boys for this yesterday and we all enjoyed the movie. I have not read the book by Katherine Paterson so I did not know that the story was changed.

Yes the girl dying was sad and my kids did sniffle but the good thing was that it was not very melodramatic. It was very subtle and handled really well by the directors and actors.

Overall it was a refreshing movie in days when schools are stuck in a rut to increase test scores and create scholars and forget to emphasize imagination and creative the key elements of development.
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I have read the book (it has been awhile) and was also very surprised when the girl died. I haven't seen the movie. From the ads it doesn't even look like the same story. It seems (from the trailers I have seen) to be a fantasy. In the book Terabithia was a place in their imaginations, but we never saw it. The main story was the boy and girl getting to know each other. Is the movie that different from the book?

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Old 02-20-2007, 04:03 PM   #5
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I don't know if the story was changed, but I do know that unless you've read the books you wouldn't see that coming. We were expecting something entirely different and I was completely unprepared for that. Don't get me wrong Yakuta, I think the story was wonderful and I'd have wanted to see the movie anyway. My issue is that I was unprepared for this. And as someone who cries at Hallmark commercials I need to make sure I have tissue with me! Our car was pretty darned quiet on the way home from the movie. We were all expecting something quite different and likely would have chosen a different movie had we known what was coming.
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Oops, Barbara, we were posting at the same time. No, Terabithia lived in their imaginations, and we just got to "see" what they were seeing. It was a good story in that regard.

So are you telling me she doesn't die in the book?
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Old 02-20-2007, 04:16 PM   #7
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Yes, she did die in the book. That is why I said I was surprised when it happened. I was just reading along, blissfully unaware, and suddenly it happened. Shocked me!

BTW there is a great book for older kids (same age level as this one) called (I think) On My Honor. It deals with death also. It is a very touching book. It is about a couple of boys who sneak down to this river to go swimming, after one of the boys promises his dad he won't. His friend dies and he is left with the dilemma of what to do.

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Old 02-20-2007, 04:22 PM   #8
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I think I'll pass. Thanks anyway Barbara. Its one thing for someone to die in an epic battle in a fantasy novel, but I really don't much care for reading about death otherwise. My one exception to that rule is A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle.
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I don't normally like reading about death either (unless it is a murder mystery or horror story, lol). I did like that book (not sure like is the right word!) though. The thought processes the boy goes through, whether to admit what he had done or to just let everyone think the other boy had gone by himself, etc. were interesting. Definitely not a fun book!

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Hi Alix, yes the movie got a bit sad at the end and yes if you are not expecting it you may be shocked but overall it was enjoyable for the most part.

As for death, I found the worse book to be Pilots Wife which is by Anita Shreve. It is part of Oprah's book club and it was literally making me sick. You can actually feel the emotions the wife goes through after her husbands death.

I lost my only brother at a young age of 25. It was totally out of a blue, an accident that no one can ever expect. Reading that book took me back to the emotions I felt when I lost him. If you don't have a strong stomach I suggest you stay away from it.

Death if coupled with other lighter moments is fine but if the entire story revolves around it then it's a bit much.
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