I read Harry Potter for the first time as an adult. At the time Harry Potter was not the genre I typically read; I wasn't even starting my career as a library person, but my husband got the first book as a gift, and I decided to give it a try. I fell in love. I loved the characters; I quickly created their images in my head....then I went to the movie. I thought the movies were great, but the first time Dumbledore flashed on the screen my personal image of him disappeared. When I read any of the sequels following my movie experience, the characters in my head were replaced with the movie versions. I still loved the books, but my reading experience changed. It changed again after I saw Hunger Games. I loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, but she didn't fit my version of Katniss. In the long run, I do believe that the movie versions of Harry Potter and Hunger Games did do the books justice. That does not always happen.
I loved the books The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent. I didn't get to see either of them on the big screen (yet). I will be interested to see if the movies connect with me the same way the books did.
I'd love to hear about your book to movie experiences. What worked? What didn't?
The 2016-17 school year will be my 7th year as the high school librarian. I haven't read all of the books on the shelves, but I try and keep up on my young adult reading.