I’m not sure, though, that I would have liked it had I NOT read the series first. Even if I had just read the first book that the movie was based on, I’m not sure I would have really enjoyed it. But because I read the whole series and have all those experiences to place with the characters, I found myself very involved with the movie.
I’m sure I drove my friend (who had not read the book) crazy with my comparisons. Overall, I’m looking forward to the next movie.