HORRIBLE MOVIE! First off, YES! I did read the book. In 4 days. Only because it was such a good story that I wanted to prolong my excitement. Had I read it in a few hours I would have been thoroughly disappointed that I was done so fast .If you don't know much about the legend of King Arthur the book will give you more than just a simple outline. It puts the entire story into your perspective, modernizes it, and makes you want to know more. The movie, however, changes the characters names, cuts characters, removes all the special things that we loved about the characters from the book, and barely shows any evidence of a plot. Watching it, yes, it's child friendly but it's take on Arthur isn't accurate at all. Everything Meg Cabot researched and put into the book is undone by Disney. King Arthur isn't a chick (KING, hello?!!!) and will can't be Allie's (Ellie) "knight I shining armor" because ummm, that would make her the lady of the lake and him King Arthur although they clearly pointed out that he isn't. I think Disney should stop buying rights to Meg Cabot's books because they ruined a 10 book Princess Diaries series in two movies and now New York's #3 best seller? It was just very poorly organized and not based on the book at all, I was thoroughly disappointed because literature that you take weeks to read shouldn't be ruined in 80 minutes because the director, writers, and cast didn't read the literature themselves. On a good note; I did like Molly Quinn as Jennifer and the actor that played lance. Will was castes correctly as well, but Britt Robertson was by far a miss. She was squeaky voiced and didn't fit the persona or look like she was a track prodigy.