Believe it or not, this is the book I was so excited to finish the last one for. And then life got in the way and it's taken me this long to write about it :)
While I'm so happy to be seeing books I want to read instead of searching by the reading list, it means this book gets the rather boring categorization of 'book with a blue cover.' But I read it on the Kindle, so it really didn't have a cover at all that I could see.
When someone told me one of my favorite movies was first a book, I had to check it out. Now I love them both! Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman was a great book, although I pictured the main characters as they were played in the movie, since I saw it first. There were just a few major differences between the book and the movie.
As I've read up and studied magic in the past, I really appreciated the time they spent in the movie really talking about defining magic and symbols, using the sheriff's badge (a star) as an example. The book focused much more on the actual 'haunting,' which was somewhat subtle and would have been hard to make clear in the movie. I think they met a fantastic compromise in keeping the story true to its meaning, while making it more enjoyable on the big screen.
Overall, I'm so glad I read this book! I think the differences between the book and the movie were totally justified for the presentation, and I don't think it made a difference in my reading that I saw the movie first (by years and years!). I'd recommend both the book and the movie (starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) in either order.