"Once I was the learner, now I am the master!"

Hi. I'm Dave. My wife Cathy and I have three kids. Two boys and a girl. All from the same orphanage in the town of Novisilky outside Kiev, Ukraine.

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One of the things that my wife, Cathy, and I both enjoy is reading. She's a romantic. Nora Roberts. Jude Devereaux. A few moons ago, we went on a cruise and she discovered The Twilight Saga through the first film with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. She discovered that there was a book series and just devoured it. From Twilight, she moved on to other Young Adult series like City of Bones. She read If I Should Stay. I don't think she's seen the movie. She's working on a YA series by James Patterson. Neither one of us knows what it's called. She's a huge fan of The Hunger Games films and the Divergent series. She's tried reading the novels, but enjoys watching the films more.

One of my best memories is my older brother Tim taking me to see the first Star Wars film. It was at the River Oaks Theater in Calumet City. Holla! This was before theaters became cineplexes. I'd never seen a theater as crowded as this one was. I couldn't figure out why. This was the first film I'd seen without either of my parents; or, even my Auntie Ei. Just a couple 'a' bros hanging out. This was the first movie I'd seen that wasn't Disney.

Mind = blown.

I found George Lucas' paperback novel for Star Wars and I devoured it. I got the giant size two issue Marvel Comics adaptation. I started reading and collecting the monthly Marvel series. I read the Star Trek adaptations; I read the original Battletsar Galactica. For awhile there Marvel had the Monopoly. Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.

When Superman: The Movie came out, I read the companion novel. The Blues Brothers came out, I read the novelization.

I collected the first dozen or so issues of The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones. I read Marvel's The A-Team.

One of my favorite things is an cassette - I said a CASSETTE - of Roddy McDowell reading the novelization of the 1989 Batman film starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger. I have that comic; Batman returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. I had the Superman III comic adaptation.

I've got the Smallville comic series. I'm still trying to fill in some gaps in the trades...

I've got a few issues of Titan's Ninth Doctor series.

I've read CSI and 24 novels and comics. Don't judge me.

In September of 2011, when we brought our son Justin home, I came across Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl. Fir me, it is better than The Lightning Thief. From 2011 to 2014, on the three trips we made to bring our kids home, along with Alex Ross' Justice, and a few other "comfort" comics, I read the Artemis Fowl series.

The reason I mention this, is that our son, Justin, has developed a rule. He will not read any book that has been adapted to a movie. He won't read the Harry Potter books for that reason. He's been reading Darren Shan, James Patterson and some other books. He's sticking hard and fast to The Rule. Except when it comes to Star Wars. He wants to read read them... All in order... From I through VI... The Phantom Menace... Through Return of the Jedi...

I say that slowly, because he vehemently denies that Parts IV, V and VI came before I, II and III. Which would seem logical. But no.

I am learning just how different my son at his age from when I was his age. I had to read the book before I saw the movie. Now, I'd rather do what he's doing. Read a book that hasn't or won't be made into a movie.

Comic books, novels, television series and movies are all separate, singular experiences. What my son is teaching me is that Batman may work as a comic book character, or as Adam West or Kevin Conroy, but not so much as a movie. Very few novels survive the Adaptation. Just look at Stephen King fer instance.

It's interesting learning from my kids.

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