Book to Movie: Inkheart- Can they do it justice?

As a homeschooling mom, I’m always happy when my kids find a good series of books in which to immerse themselves. One very creative, well-written series of books that my kids ages 10 and older have enjoyed is the Inkheart trilogy of books by Cornelia Funke. These days the Inkheart fans in my house are all abuzz over the Inkheart movie that is coming out on January 23rd.

As with any book that is turned into a movie, it remains to be seen if the adaptation feels true to the book, and is satisfying both to those who have read the book and to those who haven’t. We are looking forward to seeing just how well they did with this one. My 10 year old son, for one, has very high hopes for this movie. You know what? I think I do too. I’ll share my thoughts after we see it, and I’d love to hear what others have to say about this movie too.


  1. We love those books too. (Well we haven’t read the third yet…and the second ended with a bit of a cliffhanger) But we’re not sure about the movie, which is called by the first book’s name but definitely incorporates more stuff. Ilsa and I were not at all sure about that trailer.
    Let us know what you think.

  2. I wasn’t aware of either the books or the movie, but I thought the trailer looked fun plus I like several of the actors that are supposed to be in it. Thanks for sharing. Do you think the books are “too young” for a 14yo boy? I require him to do a certain amount of reading in order to earn video game time, so we’re always looking for something appropriate for him.

  3. Absolutely not too young for a 14 yo. Most of my older teens have read the books recently and enjoyed them. My concern at first (to tell the truth) was that the books might be too old for a 10 yr old– and actually only one of my 10 yr olds was ready for the reading level and the thickness of that book!

  4. Mary~ my comment has nothing to do w/the topic of this post. Sorry. I was reading the Jan ’09 issue of Family Circle (I think) at the orthodontist office yesterday as I was waiting for my daughter. And whose name do I see in print? Yours! Good for you. In a funny sort of way, I thought to myself, “I know her” when I saw it!

  5. That sounds like a great series, and right up my oldest son’s alley. I’ll add that to the list when we’re done reading the Eragon Series. Have you read “The Wilderking Trilogy”? It’s kind of like Narnia, but instead is fiction based on the life of David before he became King. The author is a friend of my brother’s from college. If you buy the books from his website, he’ll autograph them for you. My son and I loved going through that trilogy together.

  6. I didn’t know it was a book but I think I would like that series.

  7. I didn’t know there was a series of books but I think I would like them myself.. Thanks

  8. My 12 yo really wants to see it too. I always like to see the movie after reading a book because I have a hard time envisioning details. Love to see the interpretation of the director, even if everything isn’t brought over into the movie. Awaiting your review!